First Scale-Up Synthesis of WAY-262398, a Novel, Dual-Acting SSRI/5HT1a Antagonist

An alternative synthesis of WAY-262398, <b>1</b>, a novel, dual-acting SSRI/5-HT<sub>1A</sub> antagonist, has been developed. The target compound was initially synthesized as a part of diastereomeric mixture which was separated by chiral preparative HPLC. The new route was designed around intermediates suitable for chiral resolution and/or chiral reduction of a suitable intermediate. Both processes had to be employed to achieve the target optical purity.