Liverpool Chemistry Technology Start Up Wins Monthly Award

A chemistry technology start-up whose research could greatly enhance drug discovery and development is the latest Merseyside Innovation Award monthly winner.

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Liverpool Chirochem (LCC) was founded in 2014 by Professor Jianliang Xiao at the University Of Liverpool's Department of Chemistry in conjunction with two of his former PhD students, Dr Jianjun Wu and Dr Paul Colbon.

The business supplies specialist building blocks for pharmaceutical research and biotechnology and draws upon synthetic methods in asymmetric catalysis, first developed and patented by the university.

Chief operating officer Dr Paul Colbon said: "The university greatly facilitated the company formation and made the process exciting. It's great to be reunited as a team and developing such a revolutionary business."

The technology licenced by the university has allowed LCC to develop a unique line of products using a simple, low cost and environmentally friendly process.

The company is focussing upon the production and supply of chiral piperidines, said to be well known and ubiquitous building blocks utilised in the synthesis of many naturally occurring products, pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals.

Piperidine-derived drugs feature prominently in the top 200 selling drugs with sales of $11.2bn.

The MIA judging panel selects a winning submission every month. Entries are now closed for the Merseyside Innovation Awards 2015 and monthly winners will now be whittled down to three finalists with one being crowned the overall winner for the year who will receive a £10,000 cash prize. Runners up are given the chance to access specialist business support to the value of £2,000. 

For more information please visit Merseyside Innovation Awards or send an email.

Mitchell Charlesworth is once again proud to support the Merseyside Innovation Awards.

The other sponsors are BBC Radio Merseyside, Brabners, Kenyon Fraser, Unilever, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, Liverpool LEP, NatWest, University of Liverpool Management School, MC Vanguard Corporate Finance, Insider, Village Software, WP Thompson, C-Tech Innovation, the North West Fund and Trustech Smart Ventures.

This story was first published in Insider North West on 5 June and can be read here.

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