Accelrys launches nanobio initiative, announces Microsoft collaboration

Nov. 16, 2005 – Accelrys Inc. (NASDAQ:ACCL), a San Diego maker of scientific modeling software, announced the launch of the Accelrys NanoBiology Initiative.

The goal of the initiative is to accelerate the development of computational modeling and informatics software that will enable scientists and engineers to apply nanotechnology to key areas of biological research, including diagnostics, biosensing, drug delivery and biomaterial design. By fostering collaboration between scientists and engineers and bridging the gap between materials science and life science, the company says the new initiative will aim to enhance nanobiology R&D, extending the use of nanotechnology into new areas of research.

A scientific advisory committee will be chaired by Leroy Hood, president and co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology and a leading proponent of biological applications of nanotechnology.

In separate news, Accelrys also announced a strategic relationship with Microsoft designed to meet demand for scientific software that runs on the Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, Microsoft’s entry into the world of high-performance computing.


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