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Accelrys acquires Contur Software

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Accelrys has announced that its subsidiary, Accelrys Software, has acquired privately-held Contur Software. Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Contur is a provider of Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) software solutions which enable scientific organisations to document their research and development processes, and capture their intellectual property (IP). This is done in a searchable central location, either on premises or as an on-demand Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model. Launched in 2003, Contur ELN's primary customer base is outside of large pharmaceutical companies, and the product has achieved success in the food and beverage, chemicals and biotechnology sectors, as well as academia.

‘We are excited about expanding Accelrys' portfolio with Contur's ELN and view this as an important addition to our evolving Enterprise R&D Platform,’ said Accelrys president and chief executive officer Max Carnecchia. ‘With the addition of Contur's software solutions, Accelrys now offers cost-effective ELNs to meet the range of needs of various scientific research and development teams — from R&D organisations transitioning from paper to an electronic notebook to those requiring a fully-integrated electronic lab environment.’