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Modernapplications of amino acids and dipeptidesin pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals 


*Corresponding author
Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH,
Rodenbacher Chaussee 4, 63457 Hanau-Wolfgang, Germany


The availability of inexpensive fermentation and biocatalytic routes to both the proteinogenic and to some unnatural amino acids has led to their wider adoption as intermediates in new drugs. Examples are given of the application of several unnatural amino acids in the synthesis of modern pharmaceuticals. In addition, the development of chemically defined media for mammalian cell culture has led to new applications for amino acids and for their derivatives, e.g. short chain peptides and keto-acids.




Major amino acids for the food and animal feed industries are today produced on a very large scale using fermentation or synthetic processes. The market for

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