Accelrys was founded in 2001 from the combination of five companies: Molecular Simulations Inc, Synopsys Scientific Systems, Oxford Molecular, the Genetics Computer Group (GCG), and Synomics Ltd. In 2004, Accelrys acquired SciTegic, the developer of Pipeline Pilot data pipelining and scientific workflow authoring software.
In July 2010, Accelrys merged with Symyx Technologies, Inc., combining the Accelrys portfolio of scientific informatics solutions with the market-leading Symyx electronic laboratory notebook (ELN). The Accelrys-Symyx merger also extended Accelrys’ product offerings with certain software and content products from MDL Information Systems, Inc., which Symyx had acquired from Elsevier, Inc. in 2007. MDL had been a premier scientific software vendor for over 25 years with critical software solutions deployed across approximately 750 organizations.
Subsequently, Accelrys further extended its scientific informatics and product lifecycle management capabilities through the acquisitions of:
• Contur Software
• VelQuest Corp
• Aegis Analytical Corp
• Vialis AG
• ChemSW, Inc.
Accelrys’ deliberate merger and acquisition strategy made the company one of the largest, most comprehensive scientific informatics companies in the world with a clear focus on creating, driving and delivering wide-ranging scientific product lifecycle management solutions across the research, development, QA/QC and manufacturing phases of product development.
After acquiring Accelrys on April 29, 2014, Dassault Systèmes announced the creation of BIOVIA on May 21, 2014, describing the new company as a combination of Accelrys’ leading life sciences and materials sciences solutions with Dassault Systèmes activities in BioIntelligence and its collaborative 3DEXPERIENCE® platform.