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Accelrys Launches Informatics System for R&D

SAN DIEGO—Accelrys Inc. launched its laboratory informatics system, the Accelrys Experiment Knowledge Base (EKB), to help organizations find experimentation data for new product innovation.

EKB is designed specifically for research and development, allowing scientists to search for data from almost any source. The system provides integration and interoperability with existing lab equipment and applications, and it also has features for improving experimentation management and collaboration.

With a flexible, modular and integrated approach to data search and experimentation management, EKB provides efficient searching, analysis and mining of data from virtually any source based on capability to extract, transform and load (ETL).  The “data mart" approach allows end users to consider new ways to query data without re-architecting the system or its database.

“The market for ‘traditional’ laboratory informatics systems such as LIMS (laboratory information management systems) and ELNs (electronic laboratory notebooks) is evolving, particularly in R&D," said Michael Elliott, chief executive officer of market research firm Atrium Research. “Companies are demanding more intelligent and flexible systems to manage real-world workflows and ever-more large and complex data."

EKB is applicable to many industries and areas of science and has been successfully deployed for catalyst design, petrochemical processing, biofermentation and formulations design. Its key capabilities increase innovation velocity and consistency by reducing repeat experiments, enhancing laboratory efficiency, improving experimentation consistency and extracting knowledge from data.

EKB also complements document-centric systems, including ELNs and downstream systems focused on scale-up, manufacturing and compliance to support a scientific innovation lifecycle management approach. Integration with ELNs also streamlines project documentation while improving global collaboration and intellectual property protection.

In 2011, Accelrys released its Accelrys Enterprise R&D Architecture, designed for industries and organizations to bring new products from labs to market quickly and efficiently. 

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