MDL INFORMATION SYSTEMS, Inc. was a provider of R&D informatics
products for the life sciences and chemicals industries. The company
was launched as a computer-aided drug design firm (originally named
Molecular Design Limited, Inc.) in January 1978 in Hayward,
California. The company was acquired by
Symyx Technologies , Inc. in
Accelrys merged with Symyx. The
Accelrys name was
retained for the combined company. In 2014
Accelrys was acquired by
* 1 History * 2 Innovations * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links
Molecular Design Limited, Inc. was founded by Stuart Marson and W. Todd Wipke in 1978.
With 15 years of research on computer synthesis at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Wipke, with Marson, fresh from a Ph.D. at Stanford University and a postdoctoral stint at the University of California, Berkeley, were convinced that computer-assisted molecular design was possible as a commercial enterprise. Employee #3 was Stephen Peacock, a colleague of Marson, and #4 was Jim Dill, a graduate student from Princeton, as was #5, Doug Hounshell, also a graduate of Princeton.
MDL was the first company to provide interactive graphical registry and full and substructural retrieval. The company's initial products were first-of-their-kind systems for storing and retrieving molecules as graphical structures and for managing databases of chemical reactions and related data. These systems revolutionized the way scientists accessed and managed chemical information in the 1980s.
From its initial pioneering of computer handling of graphical chemical structures with MACCS (Molecular ACCess System) in 1979, MDL continued at the forefront of the field now known as cheminformatics .
In 1985, MDL moved its corporate headquarters from Hayward to a
larger campus in San Leandro, CA. In 1987, MDL was purchased by
Maxwell Communications Corporation
In 1993, the company was publicly offered as MDL Information Systems,
Inc. (MDLI) on the NASDAQ stock exchange. In 1997, the company was
In October 2007,
The August 2007 press release announcing Symyx Technologies' acquis