Novel method can efficiently create several ‘building blocks’ of pharmaceutical drugs

A class of organic compounds that form the backbone of several pharmaceuticals, alicyclic compounds, are difficult to synthesize. However, with a novel method developed by a team of scientists at Waseda University in Japan, a range of abundantly available aromatic compounds, such as benzene derivatives, can be readily and efficiently transformed into a variety of highly functionalized alicyclic compounds, opening doors to newer possibilities in drug discovery research.