SOURCE: Symyx Technologies, Inc.

April 22, 2008 08:00 ET

Symyx to Bring Together Industry Leaders for Symposia to Discuss Future of R&D Integration

Ingredients for R&D Integration Success to Be Addressed at Fifth Annual North American Symyx Symposium in Boston and Symyx Global Symposium in Prague

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) - Symyx Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMMX) announced today that its fifth annual Symyx users group will be held in Boston, April 30-May 1, 2008 in conjunction with the Bio-IT World Conference -- one of the life sciences and chemical R&D industries' largest end-user gatherings. Following four successful and well-attended North American symposia, Symyx announced that its Global Symposium will take place in Prague, May 18-20, 2008. Key industrial representatives will attend both Symposia, themed "R&D Integration Success," to share insights into the future of technology-driven research and development.

The events in Boston and Prague are expected to draw R&D executives, managers and end-user scientists from the world's leading pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology companies as well as academic institutions. Program agendas feature in-depth executive level sessions as well as case study presentations by leading Symyx customers, including Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Pfizer and more, focused on increased integration of systems, software and services in global R&D labs.

"We are looking forward to another year of sharing with our customers paths for innovation as they pioneer new market opportunities using our technologies," said Isy Goldwasser, chief executive officer of Symyx Technologies, Inc. "The need for integrated R&D solutions has never been greater for our industry. This year's Symposia will focus on how customers are achieving meaningful productivity improvements in their research and development as well as how best to leverage Symyx expertise and offerings to integrate science with technology, automation with informatics and lab applications with enterprise architectures."

Featured speakers scheduled to present at the Boston Symposium include:

--  Ingrid Akerblom, Executive Director, Merck Research Labs IT, Clinical
    Development
    
--  Juergen Hammer, Global Research Informatics Director, Global Head, In
    Silico Sciences, Nutley Head Group Research, Information (GRI), GRI Liaison
    to Pharma Research, Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.
    
--  Edward P. Jaeger, Director, Research & Early Development, Information
    Technology, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research
    
--  David M. Sedlock, Director, Research Systems, Millennium
    Pharmaceuticals Inc.
    
--  Chris Waller, Senior Director, Chemical Sciences Platforms, R&D
    Informatics, Pfizer Global Research and Development
    

Featured speakers scheduled to present at the Prague Symposium include:

--  Kevin Davies, Editor-in-Chief, Bio-IT World
    
--  Keith M. DeVries, Director, Chemical Product R&D, Eli Lilly and
    Company
    
--  Keith Grime, President, JKG Consulting, Adjunct Professor Northwestern
    University
    
--  Klaus Kühlein, Consultant, Former Head of Central Research, Hoechst AG
    
--  Wim Roels, Vice President, Innovation & Technology, R&D, Borealis AG
    
--  Kurt Swogger, Senior Consultant, Cincinnati Consulting Consortium
    

Other presenters and participants expected to attend are Symyx customers and partners from AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly and Company, Johnson & Johnson, L'Oreal, Merck and Company, Pfizer Global Research and Development and The DuPont Company. Attendance for the Symposia is limited and spaces are filling up quickly. For more information regarding either of Symyx's upcoming Symposia, please visit: http://www.symyxsymposium.com.

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 electronic laboratory notebooks, content, laboratory logistics and analysis available from Symyx Software, software-driven integrated workflows available from Symyx Tools and collaborative research and directed services from Symyx Research 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 www.symyx.com.

Contact Information

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    Derek Brookmeyer
    Racepoint Group for Symyx Technologies, Inc.
    415-694-6702
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