SOURCE: Symyx Technologies, Inc.

July 14, 2008 19:00 ET

Symyx Showcases Research Services for Refining at 14th International Congress on Catalysis

Services Expand Refiners Capabilities in Catalyst Discovery and Development and Reduce Pilot Plant Runs

SEOUL, KOREA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2008) - Symyx Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMMX) announced today, at the opening of the 14th Annual International Congress of Catalysis, the expansion of Symyx Research to include Refining R&D services. Symyx is showcasing its capabilities at the International Congress on Catalysis in Seoul, Korea, from July 14 to 18, 2008. Symyx Research for Refining provides companies with small scope, flexible service projects where clients pay per experiment, allowing scientists to access capability when and where they need it. The company's expertise is based on more than 10 years of catalyst development experience throughout the petrochemical and chemical industries,

"Refiners around the world are facing increasing environmental regulations, decreasing margins, and lower-quality feedstocks. It is critically important for chemists and researchers in the refining industry to develop and evaluate new catalysts to address these challenges," said Richard Boehner, president of Symyx Research. "Refining companies have catalyst experts. Symyx Research for Refining provides a means for these scientists to access results for experiments in experimental spaces they define."

Symyx Research for Refining gives companies access to Symyx's installed base of high-throughput experimentation technology and analytics as well as expert staff to synthesize and screen new catalyst libraries or screen client-provided catalysts for catalytic performance. This flexible, fee-for-service model allows the client to define experiment sets, own the scientific IP and pay no royalties. Infrastructure available through Symyx Research for Refining includes catalyst research and development capabilities for naphtha hydrodesulfurization, diesel hydrodesulfurization (& HDN), reforming, VGO hydrotreating, hydrocracking, lubes hydrotreating and alkylation.

With Symyx Research for Refining, the world's leaders in refining technology can reduce the number of pilot plant runs required for catalyst development by executing lab scale 'pilot plant representative' studies to identify catalysts and conditions that yield greater probabilities of success. In addition, proprietary fixed-bed reactor technology for gas phase reactions and trickle-bed reactor technology for high conversion studies gives companies representative pilot plant data without investing in additional infrastructure.

"Clients can now access pilot plant quality data from laboratory reactors, using real feedstocks," said Sam Bergh, Vice President of Engineering, Symyx Technologies, Inc. "This enables researchers to select catalysts with the greatest probability of success without having to perform numerous costly and time-consuming pilot plant runs on each candidate. Symyx Research provides not only a service to synthesize catalyst libraries but also to screen those catalysts in only a few months."

Scientists from Symyx are available to discuss Research for Refining capabilities at the International Congress on Catalysis in Seoul, Korea, July 14-18, 2008 at Booth #22-23. For more information, visit:

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, Symyx helps companies reduce R&D risk and enhance R&D productivity to help them bring more and better products to market quickly and cost-effectively. Symyx's 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

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