This communication details the kilogram-scale synthesis of N-(5-fluoropyridin-2-yl)-6-methyl-4-(pyrimidin-5-yloxy)picolinamide (VU0424238, auglurant), a novel mGlu5 negative allosteric modulator (NAM) developed as an alternative treatment for depression. The process highlights a challenging pyridine N-oxidation sequence, an SNAr reaction, and the elimination of all chromatography steps (required in the medicinal chemistry route) with replacement by highly efficient recrystallizations (save one silica plug). The improved process was utilized for the preparation of a 1.2 kg toxicology batch, as well as a 2.82 kg GMP batch to support the Phase I trial, in very high purity (99.8%).
- Pyridine N-oxide
- mGlu NAM