SOURCE: Symyx Technologies, Inc.

January 23, 2008 08:00 ET

Symyx Screening Pressure Reactor Available

New High-Throughput System Accelerates Catalyst and Process Optimization in Refining, Petrochemical and Fine Chemical Industries

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - January 23, 2008) - Symyx Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMMX) today announced broad availability of the Symyx Screening Pressure Reactor (SPR), a high-throughput research system that enables up to a 100-fold increase in the speed of screening and optimizing catalysts and catalytic processes. The Symyx SPR is available for refining, petrochemical and fine chemical applications. It encompasses Symyx's chemistry, engineering and software expertise to perform experiments in parallel and in miniature with precision, speed and reliability. The system is available for sale immediately and will be showcased at the LabAutomation 2008 Conference in Palm Springs, California, January 27-30, 2008.

"The Symyx Screening Pressure Reactor and associated integrated workflow provide us with a state-of-the-art solution for catalysis screening," said Dr. Garret Hoge, Product Manager Catalysis, Solvias. "With the Symyx SPR, our hit rate for finding solutions for our customers has increased from 50% to over 90%. Furthermore, our increased throughput often results in the discovery of multiple leads for our customers."

Heather Brown, Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, said, "In a project designed to convert cellulose into useful products, we utilized the Symyx Screening Pressure Reactor to optimize catalyst composition and reaction temperature. We ran over 120 unique catalyst/temperature combinations, for one part of the project, in just under one week (including analytical). Had this work been done using traditional techniques it would have taken the same person nearly 4 months to complete. Using the Symyx SPR also reduced reagent costs, since each reaction could be performed on a 500 mg scale. This system proved invaluable."

The Symyx Screening Pressure Reactor enables up to a 100x increase in experimental throughput over conventional techniques, enabling scientists to test more catalysts under more conditions and to quickly make better informed decisions in the course of targeted catalyst and process optimization programs. In addition, the Symyx SPR offers:

--  Unmatched experimental throughput enabling a single scientist to
    perform up to 15,000 experiments per year, providing the ability to screen
    the broadest possible parameter space in the search for breakout catalysts
    when used as part of an integrated workflow
--  Simple, robust design (only one pressure seal per 96 reactors)
    enabling exceptional system reliability and up-time, as demonstrated by a
    significant installed base of more than 20 systems already in use at
    leading catalyst R&D companies around the world
--  Very broad process conditions including high-temperature operation to
    400°C for refining and petrochemicals applications and high-pressure
    operation to 1,500 psig for fine chemicals applications

"Symyx has successfully used Screening Pressure Reactors for more than 8 years in a wide variety of projects in the chemicals and refining areas," said Anthony Volpe, Vice President, Catalysis, Symyx Technologies, Inc. "We have performed several hundred thousand experiments using this equipment and have found its versatility, throughput and ease-of-use to be uniquely effective for catalyst development and optimization. We have standardized certain components now and are excited to offer it to customers at a competitive price point for applications across a large number of industries."

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 the Symyx Screening Pressure Reactor and other Symyx offerings, please contact us at

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.

Contact Information

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