Why is the optimization of yield important in chemical synthesis?
Suppose a new drug went out on the market. It's a cure for male-pattern baldness (this drug would literally make BILLIONS.......). Only trouble is it's a 10 step synthesis that yields
The chemists refine their synthesis, and they come up with a 3 step sequence with 50% overall yield. Which synthesis do you think they would use? (They wouldn't change the price either!)