Dassualt Systèmes makes $750m sciences acquisition

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Dassault Systèmes (DS) has announced it will merge with Accelrys, a provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management software for chemistry, biology and materials, for $750m.

Based in San Diego, the site of this weeks’ DS SolidWorks World user event, Accelrys offers the company molecular chemistry capabilities from discovery to manufacturing.

This, it is hoped, will bring benefits to DS’ formulation-based industry offerings such as life sciences, consumer packaged goods, high tech and energy, as well as advanced manufacturing industries.
The move goes someway further to increasing DS’ future intentions of being a sciences company – and nothing says this more than splashing 750 big ones on a scientific innovation lifecycle management software company.

“We share the same passion for enabling scientific innovation and are confident that together, leveraging the great Accelrys assets, we will deliver a unique and unmatched scientific PLM solution,” said DS president and CEO Bernard Charlès, sporting a lab coat and safety goggles.

“The World demands a new paradigm for sustainability where chemistry, materials and biology meet.

“This is what the virtual universes enabled by Dassault Systèmes are delivering, capable of harmonizing products, nature and life, from imagination to industry solution experience.”