Accelrys Introduces the Materials Studio Collection for Pipeline Pilot

Predictive Analytical Workflows for Materials Properties Significantly Increase Potential for Scientific Innovation

Accelrys, Inc. (NASDAQ:  ACCL), a leading scientific informatics software and services company, today announced the release of the Materials Studio Collection for Pipeline Pilot™. This new software solution enables scientific R&D organizations, for the first time, to integrate predictive analytics for materials properties seamlessly into their scientific workflows. Materials Studio Collection extends Accelrys’ Pipeline Pilot™ scientific informatics platform to include key materials modeling and simulation tools from Accelrys’ Materials Studio® application—offering a powerful combination that greatly increases research productivity across the scientific enterprise.

Predictive analytics with the Materials Studio Collection allows for a streamlined approach to materials discovery, improving researchers’ productivity so that they can spend more time on innovation and less on costly, unnecessary laboratory experimentation. The integration of Accelrys Materials Studio with the Accelrys Pipeline Pilot platform makes it possible to capture best practices in the materials domain within automated scientific workflows—eliminating human error, improving collaboration, while increasing productivity and research success rates.

With the Materials Studio Collection, researchers can easily predict key properties, simulate analytical instrumentation and provide insights into the behavior of materials in areas such as catalysis, electronics, polymers and pharmaceutical discovery and development. Materials researchers now have the ability to seamlessly capture, automate and share their work and thus speed innovation and increase competitive advantage.

Early uses of the Materials Studio Collection have already demonstrated the value of the solution for more rapid materials discovery and optimization. In one example, scientists at Accelrys and Mitsubishi Chemicals collaborated to identify lithium ion battery additives that could extend battery lifetime. The resulting work was published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal (M. Halls & K. Tasaki, Journal of Power Sources, v 195, pp 1472-1478, 2010), and demonstrated the suitability of this approach for screening large numbers of molecules. Additionally, the Accelrys Contract Research Service team has been working closely with several customers in the Chemical, CPG, Automotive and Aerospace industries, including the iCatDesign project with Johnson-Matthey.

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Executive Quotes

Dr. Frank Brown, senior vice president and chief science officer at Accelrys:

“Recent research by Gartner suggests that the need for predictive analytics will outpace available skill sets in 80 percent of organizations. With the expertise required to develop advanced predictive models in short supply, organizations need better ways to capture this specialized knowledge. The Materials Studio Collection helps scientific R&D organizations fill the gap by more effectively leveraging the skills of expert modelers.”

Customer Quotes

Dr. Misbah Sarwar, research scientist at Johnson Matthey:

“The Pipeline Pilot protocols developed with the Materials Studio Collection for our iCatDesign project literally save hours of time. Typically, calculating the adsorption and segregation energies for all the materials would take around a day if done manually including plotting charts. The protocol does this in seconds. For the electrode potential protocol the time saving is even greater. Just plotting the data for a group of metals at one potential would take the best part of the day and investigating how the free energy profile changes as a function of potential would take even longer. I estimate the free energy protocol saves a couple of days work at least, not to mention minimizing human error.”*

* The iCatDesign project was partly funded under Technology Strategy Board Project Number: /5/MAT/6/I/H0379C. The TSB is a business led executive non-departmental public body established by the British Government.  Its role is to promote and support research into, and development and exploitation of, technology and innovation for the benefit of UK business, in order to increase economic growth and improve the quality of life.  It is sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The iCATDesign project was published in a peer-reviewed journal (Gavartin, et al., Electrochemical Society Transactions, v. 25, pp1335-1344, 2009).

About BIOVIA, Inc.

Headquartered in San Diego, California, Accelrys develops scientific informatics software and solutions for the life sciences, energy, chemicals, aerospace, and consumer products industries. 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 informatics 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

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  • Dr. George Fitzgerald discusses the benefits of the Materials Studio Collection.


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