SOURCE: Accelrys

Accelrys

October 14, 2009 04:00 ET

Accelrys Releases Materials Studio 5.0: Transforming Modeling & Simulation for Chemical and Materials Research

Market-Leading Solution Increases Scientific Relevance to Product Design, Dramatically Speeds Innovation Cycle

BARCELONA, SPAIN--(Marketwire - October 14, 2009) - Accelrys European User Group Meeting -- Accelrys, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACCL), a leading provider of scientific business intelligence software and services, today announced the release of Materials Studio 5.0. This state-of-the-art modeling and simulation platform builds on Accelrys' foundation for transforming the efficiency and effectiveness of chemical and materials research. The new release includes a host of integrated product enhancements -- ranging from advanced instrument simulation and visualization tools, to new and improved parallel codes -- delivering the performance and usability that today's chemists, physicists and materials scientists need to increase research productivity and speed time-to-innovation.

"This product release furthers Accelrys' commitment to delivering tools that not only streamline the scientific cycle, but also increase the relevance of scientific findings to business functions such as product engineering and design," said Dr. Frank Brown, senior vice president and chief science officer at Accelrys. "With sophisticated tools for materials science research like Materials Studio 5.0, scientists can make breakthrough discoveries faster."

Providing a single, integrated platform for advanced modeling and simulation, Materials Studio enables scientists to more easily and efficiently perform highly complex research. Version 5.0 incorporates highly efficient parallel codes and supports a wider range of polymer and instrument simulations, delivering the industry's fastest time-to-solution for sophisticated modeling tasks. The solution has already been proven in numerous research-driven industries, including specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, consumer packaged goods, heavy manufacturing, and electronics.

About Materials Studio 5.0

Accelrys Materials Studio transforms the way that researchers in chemistry, physics and materials science work to deliver breakthrough results. Version 5.0 enables scientists to explore a wider design space and make better informed decisions in research on catalysis, polymers, specialty chemicals and advanced materials. This scientifically sophisticated simulation environment dramatically reduces time to innovation by increasing research productivity while simultaneously delivering more relevant results to engineering, product design, and marketing teams. Specific enhancements include:

--  Extensions to the easy-to-use graphical user environment which
    simplifies highly complex modeling and simulation activities.  For example,
    Materials Studio 5.0 now provides graphical representations of reciprocal
    space (Brillouin Zones), crucial for understanding the electron behavior of
    solid-state materials.
    
--  New and improved parallel codes at every simulation scale (including
    quantum, classical, atomistic, mesocale), for shorter turn-around times on
    even the most challenging modeling and simulation tasks.
    
--  An integrated and extended set of tools for polymer and soft matter
    research, including  new versions of Amorphous Cell, Forcite Plus and
    Mesocite that provide more and faster ways to model complex materials than
    ever before, all with a minimum of human interaction and computing
    resources.
    
--  A wider range of analytical instrument simulations, including Raman
    spectra calculations in CASTEP.
    

Materials Studio 5.0 will be generally available in the fourth calendar quarter of 2009.

For a full list of Materials Studio 5.0 enhancements and to register for the upcoming web seminar series, please visit http://accelrys.com/events/webinars/materials-studio-50/index.html.

Customers Benefit from Materials Studio 5.0

Dozens of users across all key industries have already seen solid results using early, Beta releases of Materials Studio 5.0.

--  The Procter and Gamble Company (http://www.pg.com/)

    "I'm quite impressed with the speedup I'm seeing with Forcite Plus in
    Materials Studio 5.0. With the parallel version of Forcite Plus working
    with COMPASS, and scaling so well up to 128 CPUs, we'll be able to use
    it in a variety of projects."
    -- Kelly Anderson, Senior Scientist, Modeling & Simulation, Corporate
       R&D, P&G USA

--  PQ Corporation (http://www.pqcorp.com/)

    "The new Raman functionality in CASTEP enabled me to accurately
    reproduce the experimental Raman spectra of large real silicate
    crystals.  One can expect that this functionality will be highly
    beneficial for characterizing, understanding, and predicting the
    molecular constitution of a variety of complex materials."
    -- Istvan Halasz, Principal Chemist, PQ Corporation, USA

--  Taiyo Yuden (http://www.t-yuden.com/)

    "The new Raman spectra prediction in CASTEP is very easy to use. We
    confirmed it gives us valuable information which compares well with
    experimental results for a wide variety of insulators."
    -- Yoshiki Iwazaki, Researcher, Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd., Japan

--  Army Research Laboratory

    "We expect the new Amorphous Cell functionality to allow us to better
    study adhesion of polymers to semiconductor surfaces and nanoparticles.
    The study of multifunctional nanocomposites is important for a variety
    of Army applications."
    -- Jan Andzelm, Ph.D., Computational Chemist, Army Research Laboratory,
       USA

About Accelrys, Inc.

Headquartered in San Diego, California, Accelrys develops scientific business intelligence software and solutions for the life sciences, energy, chemicals, aerospace, and consumer products industries. Customers include many Fortune 500 companies and other commercial entities, as well as academic and government entities. Accelrys has a vast portfolio of computer-aided design modeling and simulation offerings which assist customers in conducting scientific experiments 'in silico' in order to reduce the duration and cost of discovering and developing new drugs and materials. Its scientific business intelligence platform underlies the company's computer-aided design modeling and simulation offerings. The Accelrys platform can be used with both Accelrys and competitive products, as well as with customers' proprietary predictive science products. Its flexibility, ease-of-use and advanced chemical, text and image analysis and reporting capabilities enable customers to mine, aggregate, analyze and report scientific data from disparate sources, thereby better utilizing scientific data within their organizations. For more information about Accelrys, visit http://accelrys.com/

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Such statements, including statements relating to the Company's Materials Studio 5.0 software products, their features, and their impact upon our customers' organizations, are subject to risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the risk that our products will not be successfully completed, achieve market acceptance, have the anticipated impact upon our customers' organizations, and other risks and uncertainties described in documents Accelrys has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent report on Form 10-K and any subsequent interim filings. All forward-looking statements in this document are qualified entirely by the cautionary statements included in this document and such filings. These risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from results expressed or implied by forward-looking statements contained in this document. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this document. Accelrys disclaims any intent or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in its expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.