Profile: Accelrys Inc (ACCL.O)
20 Dec 2013
Accelrys, Inc., incorporated 1993, develops and commercializes scientific informatics software products and services for industries and organizations. The Company’s product lines include Pipeline Pilot, Accelrys Enterprise Research and Development (R & D) Platform; Computer Aided Design Modeling and Simulation Software; Enterprise Lab Notebook; Lab Execution Systems; Content Databases, and Data Management & Informatics Software. The Company’s customers include pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other life science companies, as well as companies that are in the energy, chemicals, aerospace and consumer packaged goods markets. Its software and service solutions are used by its customers’ scientists, biologists, chemists and information technology professionals in order to aggregate, mine, integrate, analyze, simulate, manage and interactively report scientific data. The Company markets its software products and services worldwide, principally through its direct sales force, augmented by the use of third party distributors. On May 19, 2011, it completed the acquisition of Contur Software AB (Contur). In October 2012, the Company acquired Aegis Analytical Corp. In January 2013, the Company completed the purchase of Vialis. In September 2013, Software Equity Group, LLC announced that its client, ChemSW, an Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) compliance solutions provider, has been acquired by Accelrys, Inc. In December 2013, Accelrys Inc acquired QUMAS.
Pipeline Pilot, Accelrys Enterprise R&D Platform
The Company’s enterprise R&D platform forms the basis of its software and services offerings. Its open service-oriented architecture allows users to aggregate, integrate and mine the quantities of both structured and unstructured scientific data, such as chemical structures, biological sequences and complex digital images. It also filters, normalizes and performs statistical analysis on this scientific data and provides interactive visual reports to both scientists and scientific managers.
The Company continues to develop component collections that operate with its enterprise R&D platform to offer its customers scientific functions such as image, text and chemical analysis. In addition, the Company’s enterprise R&D platform provides the platform, on which it has built many of its modeling and simulation and informatics solutions.The Company is integrating many of the products it acquired through the Symyx Merger.
Computer Aided Design Modeling and Simulation Software
The Company has a range of software products based on technologies that employ fundamental scientific principles, advanced computer visualization, molecular modeling techniques and computational chemistry. These products allow scientists to perform computations of chemical, biological and materials properties, to simulate, visualize and analyze chemical and biological systems, and to communicate the results to other scientists. Its computer aided design modeling and simulation products are used by scientists in the life science industry, primarily by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and scientists in materials sciences industries, such as energy, chemicals, aerospace and consumer packaged goods companies.
The Company’s discovery studio life science modeling and simulation application features an open architecture allowing users to plug and play computational solutions from it, academia, other independent software vendors (ISVs) or solutions the customers have developed themselves. This open architecture also helps modelers to connect and communicate to the wider research organization. The Company’s Materials Studio modeling and simulation application enables its customers to apply modeling and simulation capabilities.
Enterprise Lab Notebook
The Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) replaces paper notebooks used by scientists, providing a digital environment, in which scientists can plan, execute, record, store, back-up and share their daily research activities. The ELN in combination with Pipeline Pilot, its enterprise R&D platform, offers scientists the opportunity to streamline the processes associated with experiment planning, design, execution and analysis by standardizing on a single notebook that handles multiple scientific disciplines and bringing the scientific analysis and reporting capabilities from the Pipeline Pilot platform into the notebook. Contur is focused on serving organizations that need a Web enabled flexible tool for moving their scientists from the paper notebook to an electronic approach.
Lab Execution Systems
The VelQuest acquisition has allowed the Company to broaden its solutions in the development and early manufacturing segments. The VelQuest lab execution and instrument data capture software is sold primarily to pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. VelQuest solutions for lab information management, lab execution, batch record execution, and electronic data capture replace manual paper-based documentation processes. This is a natural extension of its ELN activities.
To support their research activities, scientists can access the Company’s collection of factual databases and reference works covering bioactivity, chemical sourcing, molecular properties, synthetic methodology, metabolism and toxicology information. These resources can be accessed through the ELN, data management and informatics applications or via the Internet through the Discovery Gate portal and chemicals marketplace.
Data Management & Informatics Software
The Company’s is a provider of software-based solutions designed to capture, store, manage and mine scientific data information. The Company’s data management and informatics software is based on database architectures, such as Oracle. The Company provides data visualization and analysis software components based on a services oriented architecture enabling users to search, retrieve and use chemical structures, biological and chemical data, experimental data and registration information. Many of these tools use industry software components and are compatible with applications, such as Microsoft Excel and Microsoft SharePoint, allowing chemists to interact with chemical data within familiar productivity tools. The Company also uses this technology, combined with its enterprise R&D platform and its database architectures, to build enterprise-wide systems for its clients.
The value of the Company’s software is enhanced by service. These provide a range of options to the Company’s clients and create greater returns on their investments. The Company’s professional services team delivers integrated scientific solutions. The Company delivers a range of solutions, from software wrappers that allow customers to run their own algorithms on its enterprise R&D platform to enterprise-wide informatics systems that integrate customers’ internal systems with software from many vendors, including Accelrys. The Company’s contract research services team provides solutions to clients’ business-critical scientific problems. Both internally and through its distribution channels, the Company offers training conducted by staff knowledgeable in both the theory and application of its products.
The Company offers onsite training and implementation services, Web-based training and data migration services. The Company’s support services give customers access to releases, technical notes, documentation addenda and other support, which collectively enable customers to utilize its products, including access to its technical and scientific support personnel during extended business hours. Technical newsletters and bulletins are sent to customers to keep them informed and to help them with resource allocation and scheduling.
The Company competes with Perkin Elmer, CambridgeSoft, IDBS, Recentris, Chemical Computing Group, OpenEye, Schrodinger, Tripos, Gaussian Inc., Atomistix and Scienomics.
5005 Wateridge Vista Drive
SAN DIEGO CA 92121-3752