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Pharmaceutical Industry: Biocatalysts and Chemocatalysts

  1. David J. Ager1,
  2. Oliver May2

Published Online: 15 AUG 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470048672.wecb651

Wiley Encyclopedia of Chemical Biology

Wiley Encyclopedia of Chemical Biology

How to Cite

Ager, D. J. and May, O. 2008. Pharmaceutical Industry: Biocatalysts and Chemocatalysts. Wiley Encyclopedia of Chemical Biology. 1–15.

Author Information

  1. 1

    DSM Pharmaceutical Products, Raleigh, North Carolina

  2. 2

    DSM Pharmaceutical Products, Advanced Synthesis, Catalysis and Development, Geleen, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 AUG 2008


Catalytic reactions provide the opportunity to perform more environmentally friendly reactions. As the pharmaceutical industry produces a large amount of waste for a relatively small amount of drug product manufactured, the use of catalytic reactions is becoming more important. Catalysts can be biological or chemical in nature and can be used to effect a wide variety of transformations.