Author Archives: Pablo Ortiz

Pablo Ortiz
Pablo Ortiz graduated in Pharmacy from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and received a MSc in Synthetic and Industrial Chemistry by the same university. He is currently a PhD student in Synthetic Organic Chemistry at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). His research is focused on novel copper catalysed transformations.

This year the Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Fraser Stoddart and Ben Feringa “for the design and synthesis of molecular machines”. These devices, often described as the tiniest “Lego”, are indeed so small that is […]

Organic small molecules are essential for many different fields, from medicine to technology: Most of the drugs we take, biological probes and the constituents of solar cells, to name but a few, are small organic molecules. (Figure 1) . However, […]

There is a widespread concern about the increasing antibiotic resistance and the limited new drugs to treat infectious diseases, as discussed in a previous post. Consequently, the discovery of a new antibiotic active against a range of bacterial pathogens […]

The Ebola outbreak has brought the fear of a viral pandemic to the headlines once more, as it happened before with the avian or swine flu. Although viruses-caused infections catch most of attention on the media, the greatest risk to […]

The discovery and development of new drugs is a long and expensive process, and despite of it, essential to face present and new diseases. For small molecules, which account for the majority of the marketed drugs, the discovery process generally […]