Industry Collaborations

Sharing, Learning, Growing

At Asymchem we believe that collaborating with our colleagues around the world — joining with them to share ideas and learn about new innovations — is how we’ll grow our business and help to make the world a healthier, safer place.

Non Precious Metal Catalysts (NPMC) Consortium

The NPMC consortium brings together industry and academic researchers who share a common interest in developing more sustainable alternatives to common metal-catalyzed cross coupling reactions, and encourages rapid uptake of greener technology by placing all results in the public domain. The Consortium was established in 2015 and its members include Pfizer, Abbvie, Boehringer Ingelheim, The University of Rochester, Yale and Johnson Matthey.

American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute® Pharmaceutical Roundtable (GCIPR)

Formed in 2005 in conjunction with the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute®, Asymchem and other global pharmaceutical corporations, the Roundtable works to stimulate innovation and integration of green chemistry practices in the pharmaceutical industry. The Roundtable is held regularly and Asymchem had the pleasure of hosting in 2019. Each year the Roundtable reviews and compiles “Green Chemistry Articles of interest to the Pharmaceutical Industry”, of which Asymchem is a contributing author.


Green Chemistry Articles of Interest to the Pharmaceutical Industry
Org. Process Res. Dev. 2021, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXX
Publication Date: March 11, 2021


Scripps Lab

In 2014, Asymchem initiated external research collaborations with Professors Phil Baran and Jin-Quan Yu — both members of Asymchem’s Scientific Advisory Board — for the development of new process methodology that improves existing methods and is environmentally friendly, or “green.”

Green Chemistry Symposiums

Since 2009, Asymchem has held seven symposiums in TEDA Tianjin. The symposium serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas among scholars and industry experts in the pharmaceutical CMC area. Asymchem invites a diverse group of participants from academia and the pharmaceutical industry, who are well placed to shape and promote the future of Green Chemistry.

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

SAB Members – High Level Strategic Counsel

Asymchem has assembled a Scientific Advisory Board  (SAB) of ten distinguished academic and industry scientists with expertise in areas including enzyme evolution, asymmetric catalysis, and green chemistry. The advisory board will provide advice on high-level strategic issues faced by Asymchem, and will assist in the identification of new business opportunities.

Professor Jin-Quan Yu of Scripps Institute, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Chemistry of Frank and Bertha Hepp in 2012, and is currently the leader of C-H bond activation research in international frontier disciplines. Professor Yu obtained a bachelor degree from East China Normal University in 1987, a master’s degree in chemistry from Guangzhou Institute of Chemistry in 1990, a doctorate from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom in 1999, and entered Harvard University for a two-year postdoctoral research in 2000. Professor Yu has served as an assistant professor in the Royal Society Research Institute at Cambridge University and Brandeis University, and as an associate professor at the Scripps Institute. He has published more than 200 high-quality papers and holds 26 patents. Mr. Yu won numerous awards, including the 2017 Royal Chemical Society Pedler Award, 2016 MacArthur Genius Award, 2014 Elias J. Corey Award, 2012 ACS Arthur Science Scholar Award, 2009 China-US Association of Professors of Chemistry and Chemical Biology “Outstanding Professor Award”.

Professor Nicholas Turner of the University of Manchester is one of the best experts in “making better enzymes” in the world, and has published nearly 40 papers.

Professor Turner’s research fields include biocatalytic organic synthesis research; directed evolution of enzymes; protein process technology; design and synthesis of small molecule therapeutic protein inhibitors; development of biomass-to-biofuel technology.

Professor Turner has received the following awards: Royal Society Wolfson Research Award (2011). RSC Organic Industrial Chemistry Award (2009); AZ / GSK / Prizer British Process Chemistry Research Award (2007); International Biocat Award (2004); Royal Society of Chemistry Cody-Morgan Medal and Winner (1996); Pfizer Organic Scholarship in Chemistry (1995); Carbohydrate Chemistry Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry (1992); Royal Society Fullerton Gift and Binmore Kenner Junior Research Scholarship (1987).

Associate Dean of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor of Chemistry Robert R. Taylor, Co-founder, Chairman and Scientific Adviser of Snapdragon Chemistry, Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Professor Jamison received his masters degree from the University of California, Berkeley College in 1990 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1997. Professor Jamison has published a number of core papers and books. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Flow Chemistry, a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the journal Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, and Associate Editor of the Chemistry Review. Professor Jamison has won the 2011 Arthur Science Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society, the 2012 Merck Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the 2013 MIT Undergraduate Education Teaching Award, and the 2018 MIT Reformer Title IX Award.

President of Patricia Alred Consulting, Dr Alred is a specialist in market operations and biomolecular development. She has more than 20 years of extensive experience in research and development and commercial production. As a technical expert in both biotechnology development and production, she has extensive experience in clinical and commercial pharmaceutical product medical auditing and archiving; she also has a good comprehension of lean culture.

Dr. Alred graduated with a PhD degree from Lund University, Sweden in 1993, and conducted post-doctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1993 to 1995. Her research area is chemical engineering. She has worked in Bayer, Medlmmune, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson and other companies. She has developed standardized vision factories for pharmaceuticals, consumers and MD & D manufacturing, and conducted trials in 9 internal and external production sites.

Professor Phil Baran of the Scripps Institute, Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of the US, Fellow of the American Academy of Sciences and the Arts, and one of the most famous young organic chemists. He received a bachelor’s  degree with honors from New York University in 1997, and a Ph.D. from the Scripps Institute in 2001. He then conducted a two-year postdoctoral study at Harvard University under the guidance of Professor E.J. Corey. Professor Baran has published more than 200 high-quality papers and has 15 core patents. He has won numerous honors and awards, such as the Inhoffen Medal in 2019, the ACS Elias J. Corey Award in 2016, the MacArthur Genius Award in 2013 and 2013 Royal Society of Chemistry Award for Organic Synthetic Chemistry. Professor Baran is also a consultant for many large multinational companies, including Bristol-Myers Squibb, DuPont United States and Boehringer-Ingelheim.

As the executive director of Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dr. Eastgate is experienced in scientific research and development and organizational leadership. With management of domestic teams and multinational teams, he is also responsible for BMS setting company product programs and developing disruptive innovation science.

Dr. Eastgate graduated from the University of Cambridge and worked with Dr. Stuart Warren on sulfur mediated, stereocontrolled, heterocycle synthesis; he had his post-doctoral research on Lewis-base mediated activation of Lewis-acids in collaboration with Professor Scott Denmark at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The concept is applied in catalytic asymmetric transformation. He has published 70 papers and theses, holds 9 patents and has won 8 awards, including Industrial Organic Chemistry Award, FRSC Fellow, International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry Industrial Chemistry Award, Lecturer of McElvain, ACS Young Researcher, GlaxoSmithKline Postdoctoral Scholarship in Organic Chemistry, Syngenta Graduate Scholarship in Organic Chemistry, Margaret Evic Margaret Excellence Award in Organic Chemistry.

As the senior director of AbbVie Pharmaceuticals and head of organic synthesis and process development, she has 20 years of R & D and management experience at AbbVie. Dr. Wagaw received a masters degree from the University of Michigan in 1994 and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999. She then joined AbbVie, where she has extensive experience in R & D and management, from basic R & D staff to senior management. Dr. Wagaw is the co-founder of the AbbVie Women’s Chemical Group, the co-founder of the Cross-industry Women’s Chemical Process Group. She also won the 2013 ACS New Women’s Award for Chemistry. At the same time, as a female elite in the industry, Dr. Wagaw was invited by various well-known universities and social organizations to deliver many professional lectures.

Chief Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Stephen Buchwald has published 490 papers and 47 granted patents. Professor Buchwald received the 2000 Organic Metal Chemistry Award from American Chemical Society and MERIT Award from National Institutes of Health.  He also won the Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Outstanding Achievement and CAS Science Focus Award in 2005, the Creative Work Award of the American Chemical Society for Synthetic Organic Chemistry, and the Siegfried Chemical Method Medal, Gustavus J. Esselen’s 2010 Public Chemical Chemistry Award, the 2013 Arthur C. Cope Award from the American Chemical Society, and the 2014 Linus Pauling Medal and Ulysses Medal (University of Dublin). He received an honorary doctorate from the University of South Florida in 2015 and also won the BBVA Basic Science Knowledge Award in 2014. He was also selected as the recipient of the 2016 William H. Nichols Medal and the 2018 Roger Adams Award for Organic Chemistry.

As Vice President of chemical process research and development of Pfizer, Dr. Caron is responsible for the discovery, development and commercialization of new drugs.

Dr. Caron obtained a master’s degree from Laval University in France in 1991 and a doctorate degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995. Then he joined Pfizer in chemical process research and development. From the position of basic personnel in research and development to senior management, Dr. Caron has extensive experience in research and development and management. He has published more than 40 papers, 16 authorized patents, and holds positions in a number of international scientific organizations, such as: Member of the Canadian Natural Science and Engineering Technology Research Council 2003-2006, Member of the ACS Editor Selection Committee 2016, Organic Process Member of the editorial board of the Organic Process Research and Development journal.

Dr. May graduated from Hope College with a master degree in 1993. He graduated with a PhD in organic chemistry from Indiana University in 1998. He joined Eli Lilly’s process R & D group as a senior organic chemist and is currently a researcher at RNA Therapeutics. Responsible for overall R & D and CMC work. He has more than 20 years of experience in the synthesis design, material delivery and process development of new drug candidates, and has extensive experience from preclinical to advanced clinical trials. He has a strong capability of interdisciplinary collaboration in chemistry research discovery, analysis, formulations, regulations, quality and process engineering.