Chiral Technologies, Inc. Partners with GreenCentre to Commercialize a New Catalyst Platform for Fine Chemical Synthesis

Posted April 28, 2016

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (April 28, 2016) — Chiral Technologies, Inc. and GreenCentre Canada are pleased to announce an agreement to jointly commercialize a powerful new catalyst platform technology for synthesis of fine chemicals, including pharmaceuticals and fragrance products.

Under this agreement, Chiral Technologies and GreenCentre will jointly introduce this new technology into a wide array of potential customers, assess the market interest, and develop a marketing and sales plan to grow this product line to a commercial success.

“GreenCentre is very pleased to partner with an international leader in enantioselective chromatography offering a wide range of chiral stationary phases and columns,” said Pete Pigott, Executive Director of GreenCentre Canada. “Chiral Technologies’ established distribution channels into the pharmaceutical industry are truly global in nature and will allow GreenCentre unprecedented access to these markets.”

The fine chemical industry relies on specialized metal-based catalysts that are highly selective and versatile. However, the use of these catalysts often results in excess waste and a lack of catalyst re-usability. More industrially attractive is the use of “flow” reaction systems in which the catalyst is physically attached to a solid support.

To address this challenge, GreenCentre has been commercializing a technology that allows complex metal-based homogeneous catalysts to be effectively used in flow reactor systems. Originally invented by Professor Steve Bergens at the University of Edmonton, the system allows expensive, metal-based catalysts to be attached for use in flow reactor systems. Recent results from industrially sponsored projects have demonstrated an unprecedented level of catalyst activity and re-use, making the technology highly attractive for the manufacture of pharmaceutical compounds.

“Chiral Technologies is excited to be involved in this collaboration with GreenCentre Canada and the University of Alberta.  This technology has the potential to make a profound change in our customers’ approach to selective catalysis,” said Joe Barendt, Ph.D., President of Chiral Technologies.


About GreenCentre Canada

GreenCentre provides an extensive and practical range of laboratory and intellectual property services to support the development of chemistry-driven activities in Canada. Specifically, GreenCentre offers sector-focused chemistry technology development, intellectual property assessment, business development, and commercial services. The company serves the research needs of academics, entrepreneurs, and established companies by adding value across the entire development chain, through two facilities in Kingston and Mississauga, Ontario. Its head office is located at Innovation Park at Queen’s University in Kingston.

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About Chiral Technologies, Inc.

Chiral Technologies, the global leader in enantioselective chromatography, serves pharmaceutical and other life science industries and offers the largest portfolio of chiral stationary phases (CSPs) and analytical and preparative chiral columns for the separation of racemic mixtures into single enantiomers. The company also provides analytical method development and custom separation services. The North and Latin American markets are served through Chiral Technologies, Inc. (West Chester, Pa.), the European market through Chiral Technologies Europe SAS (Illkirch, France), and the Asian market through Daicel Chiral Technologies India and Daicel Chiral Technologies China, all wholly owned subsidiaries of Daicel Corporation.  Learn more at and

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