A very short and efficient synthesis of the important drug candidate telaprevir, featuring a biocatalytic desymmetrization and two multicomponent reactions as the key steps, is presented. The classical issue of lack of stereoselectivity in Ugi- and Passerini-type reactions is circumvented. The atom economic and convergent nature of the synthetic strategy require only very limited use of protective groups.
- Antiviral Agents/chemical synthesis
- Oligopeptides/chemical synthesis
- Serine Proteinase Inhibitors/chemical synthesis