ASCA is located in the Berlin-Adlershof Science and Business park (WISTA). The company was founded in 2000 by Prof. Dr. Hans Schick and Dr. Christine Wedler. Both the founders and most of the staff had previously worked at the Central Institute of Organic Chemistry, Academy of Sciences in the German Democratic Republic. Both basic and applied research in many different fields of organic chemistry had been carried out for many years at this institute under the leadership of Prof. Schick.
After the reunification of Germany and the closure of all the Academy Institutes, the Department of Organic Chemistry passed through different structures such as Centre of Selective Organic Synthesis ZSOS, 1992-1993), Department of Organic Synthesis in the Institute of Applied Chemistry (ACA, 1994-1997) and WITEGA Applied Materials Research (1997-2000). Collaborations with industrial partners have been developed, and ASCA was founded on the basis of these collaborations.
ASCA is a private contract research organization (CRO) employing highly qualified and experienced chemists and technicians, who are capable of creating novel and practical solutions for all types of synthetic problems in organic chemistry and exploring them on a laboratory scale. Molecules that are likely to be useful leads for drug discovery processes are synthesized in close co-operation with industrial partners. Great care is taken in devising the synthetic strategies, preparing and analyzing the substances and documenting the results.
At present, ASCA is focused on the synthesis of reference materials for the analysis of contaminants and residues in food and the environment. Active compounds and their metabolites like pesticides, mycotoxines and APIs are offered in both unlabelled and isotopically labelled form.