SOURCE: Symyx Technologies, Inc.

January 28, 2008 08:00 ET

Symyx Automation Studio Improves R&D Productivity by Integrating Experiment and Instrument Control

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - January 28, 2008) - Symyx Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMMX) today announced availability of Symyx Automation Studio, a new enterprise software solution that accelerates experimental workflows and improves R&D productivity by automating and controlling multiple laboratory instruments. The easy-to-use, easy-to-deploy software also facilitates data collection, real-time data processing, analysis, searching and reporting. Symyx Automation Studio is currently being showcased at the LabAutomation 2008 Conference in Palm Springs, California, January 27-29, 2008.

"Symyx Automation Studio enables scientists to specify and execute even the most complex laboratory workflows through a single user interface, thereby enhancing and speeding laboratory execution," said Timothy Campbell, President of Symyx Software. "The software offers great flexibility -- a simple user interface for operators running predefined protocols and the ability to customize application-specific interfaces for more complex workflows."

Improve R&D efficiency and productivity. Automation Studio combines the best capabilities of Symyx Epoch and Symyx Impressionist laboratory execution software into a completely new application that integrates powder dispensing, liquid handling, heating, stirring, chromatography, spectroscopy as well as imaging functionalities. Automation Studio is configured for easy, turnkey control of more than 150 different laboratory instruments from over 50 vendors. The tedium of having to learn multiple software/hardware interfaces is eliminated, and for the first time scientists can manage entire workflows with a single, intuitive, easy-to-use application.

Collaborate effectively. Automation Studio captures experimental data in a standard database that scientists can access across multiple sites, facilitating the retrieval and sharing of experimental protocols and data by globally distributed project teams. Powerful out-of-the-box searching and reporting capabilities, both at runtime and post-experiment, enable researchers to search the database and share reports with team members using Microsoft® Excel (with pivot capability) or Adobe® PDF.

Customize easily, deploy quickly. With Automation Studio, R&D organizations can develop application-specific interfaces to turn even the most complex workflows into 'walk-up' applications requiring minimal training and effort to use. The system's simple flowchart interface gives scientists and programmers control over all aspects of an experiment, enabling them to customize experimental protocols easily based on project requirements.

Symyx's unique approach to integrated research and development through a combination of automated laboratory workflows (Symyx Tools), integrated project execution/decision support applications (Symyx Software) and directed research (Symyx Research) helps research organizations to achieve breakthrough R&D performance.

For more information about Symyx Automation Studio and other Symyx offerings, please contact

About Symyx

Symyx Technologies, Inc. is the scientific R&D integration partner to companies in the life sciences, chemicals, energy, electronics and consumer products industries. With scientific R&D under tremendous economic and technical pressure, we help companies reduce R&D risk and enhance R&D productivity to help them bring more and better products to market quickly and cost-effectively. Our integrated technology platform combines Symyx Software (electronic laboratory notebooks, content, laboratory logistics and analysis), Symyx Tools (software-driven integrated workflows) and Research (collaborative research and directed services) to support the entire R&D process. Information about Symyx, including reports and other information filed by Symyx with the Securities and Exchange Commission, is available at

Symyx is a registered trademark of Symyx Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

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  • For more information:
    Teresa J. Thuruthiyil
    Vice President, Investor and Public Relations
    Symyx Technologies, Inc.
    (408) 773-4075
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