First European patent claims allowed for microwave peptide synthesis


Microwave technology allows research scientists to make higher quality peptides faster

US-based CEM Corporation, a leading global provider of microwave laboratory instrumentation, has had its patent claims for the microwave peptide synthesis process allowed in Europe by the European Patent Office.

The allowed application contains broad claims regarding the process of using microwave energy to accelerate two key steps in performing almost all solid phase peptide synthesis, deprotection and coupling. It also covers the process of performing Fmoc and Boc chemistries, the two most common strategies employed in peptide synthesis.

Microwave technology is the fastest growing method for peptide synthesis. It allows research scientists to make higher quality peptides faster than ever before. CEM’s proprietary microwave peptide synthesis process also enables the production of longer, more difficult peptides that were not possible to produce using conventional techniques.

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‘We are very excited to see our first claims accepted in Europe and we’re looking forward to the acceptance of additional patents we have filed in Europe and Asia, said Michael J. Collins, president & CEO of CEM Corporation. ‘Microwave technology has seen wide acceptance in the scientific community since we first introduced microwave peptide synthesisers in 2003. Our Liberty Systems have become the best-selling automatic peptide synthesisers on the market and continue to be a powerful driver for growth for CEM.’