AM Technology are pleased to share that an existing Coflore® ACR customer, Apotex Pharma in Canada, have published work on the “Continuous Flow Process for Reductive Deoxygenation of ω-Chloroketone in the Synthesis of Vilazodone” in the journal OPR&D (DOI: 10.1021/acs.oprd.8b00145).

This work involves successful handling of a 23.5% w/v slurry solution within the Coflore® ACR. The image above shows how the team at Apotex set up their Coflore® ACR cell block. The versatility of the Coflore® ACR allows for multiple injection sites (three each per CSTR 1&10, two each per CSTR 2-9). This allowed the researchers to add sodium borohydride at both cells 2 and 6 for example.

The authors stated that “the benefit of a continuous flow process to the synthesis of [a vilazodone precursor] intermediate is unmistakable. The limitations of controlling the exotherm in a batch reaction are now successfully overcome by conducting the reaction in a continuous flow CSTR setting that is also able to handle heterogeneous mixtures”. The authors also noted that the continuous flow process reduced the generation of a key dimeric impurity and improved the yield of the desired product. This publication gives a clear example of the Coflore® ACR’s ability to handle solid suspensions in flow. In this example, a 23.5% w/v slurry was successfully pumped through the ACR cell block. Successful handling of hydrogen gas evolution within the system was also achieved, showing that the Coflore® ACR can handle a 3-phase, solid-liquid-gas reactive system.

For further information, please refer to technical note AM-TN02 or the paper by Gorin, B et al. both of which are linked to here: https://www.amt.uk/publications-case-studies.