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January 19, 2016

2016 Wolf Prize to Nicolaou and Schreiber

2016 Wolf Prize to Nicolaou and SchreiberProfessors K. C. Nicolaou (Rice University, Department of Chemistry) and Stuart L. Schreiber (Harvard University, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology) are this year's recipients of the Wolf Prize in Chemistry.

The Israel Chemical Society will organize a symposium in honor of both laureates on June 1, 2016, which will be hosted by the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry of the Technion — Israel Institute of Technology. The Prize ceremony will take place in the Knesset on the following day, June 2. Read more...

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    Dr. Yafeng Xue, Dr. Thomas Olsson, Dr. Carina A Johansson, Dr. Linda Öster, Dr. Hans-Georg Beisel, Dr. Mattias Rohman, Dr. David Karis and Dr. Stefan Bäckström

    Article first published online: 4 FEB 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/cmdc.201500575

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    The screening room: Both fragment screening and high-throughput screening are used in an integrated hit-finding and lead-generation strategy. Two distinct scaffolds are identified as tractable starting points for further chemistry work. Significant induced-fit binding is observed for the 2-phenylbenzimidazole-4-sulfonamide compounds. A new lead series may be generated if features from the two series are combined together.

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    Article first published online: 4 FEB 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/cmdc.201500569

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