SYMYX TECHNOLOGIES, Inc. was a company that specialized in informatics and automation products. Symyx provided software solutions for scientific research, including Enterprise Laboratory Notebooks and products for combinatorial chemistry . The software part of the business became part of Accelrys , Inc. in 2010. Symyx also offered laboratory robotics systems for performing automated chemical research, which on 2010, was spun out as Freeslate, Inc.
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Symyx offered high-speed combinatorial technologies for the discovery of new materials. Using proprietary technologies - including instruments, software and methods - Symyx was able to generate hundreds to thousands of unique materials at a time and screen those materials rapidly and automatically for desired properties. This approach can deliver results hundreds to thousands of times faster than traditional research methods, at a fraction of the cost. Symyx applied this technology to revolutionize materials discovery in the life sciences, chemical, and electronics industries.
Founded in 1994 by Dr. Alejandro Zaffaroni and Dr. Peter G. Schultz , Symyx' conceptual basis drew from Affymax , Inc. and Affymetrix , Inc., which commercialized the use of high-speed combinatorial methods for pharmaceutical and genetic research, respectively. Symyx screens about a million materials a year and has produced a product pipeline with several materials that have the potential to be commercialized in the next few years. Examples of their discovery efforts include X-ray storage phosphors for radiography, polymers to speed DNA research and catalysts for the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, chemicals and plastics.
In 2004, Symyx Technologies acquired Intellichem, a software manufacturer for electronic laboratory notebooks and, in 2007 Symyx Technologies acquired MDL Information Systems (originally Molecular Design Limited, Inc.), a provider of R">
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