Herein, beta-hydroxy methyl esters with an even carbon chain length of 12-20 1b-5b were synthesized by three different asymmetric reduction methods I, II III from their corresponding beta-keto methyl esters 1a-5a with the aim of determining their elastase activities. In method I, chiral catalyst A was prepared from chiral ligand (R)-binaphthol 1, while in method II, chiral catalyst B was synthesized from (2R,3R)-diisopropyl tartrate 2. Chiral catalyst B has not previously been used in asymmetric borane reductions or in the asymmetric synthesis of chiral beta-hydroxy methyl esters. In method III, an asymmetric reduction was catalysed by (R)-Me-CBS oxazaborolidine 3. Hydride transfer was carried out in all of these methods by BH3 center dot SMe2. Chiral hydroxy methyl esters with an (S)-configuration were synthesized by method I and with an (R)-configuration via methods II and III. The chiral hydroxy methyl esters obtained were analysed by chiral HPLC for their ee % values. Methods I, II and III were applied to long chain beta-keto methyl esters for the first time. The reduction methods I, II and III were examined in terms of reaction yield and enantiomeric excess according to carbon chain length and the variable ratio of chiral catalysts to beta-keto methyl ester. The highest enantiomeric excess of 90% ee was found in method III for 12 and 14 carbon numbers. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.