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Accelrys provides flexible and powerful solutions designed to solve your academic research challenges ultimately helping you innovate and publish faster. Moreover, you can trust that a network of academic collaborators have helped to ensure that Accelrys software stands up to the rigors of academic research.

Discover how Accelrys Solutions can meet your needs by selecting your role in academics below, or explore a variety of Accelrys Solutions.

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  • Move to the head of the class by innovating and publishing faster: Accelrys solutions offer a wide range of scientific research tools for automating processes, integrating applications, sharing workflows and reporting results all of which improve the quality of research and help speed the research process.
  • Use Your Academic Status to Get More Value for Your Money: NEW Exclusive, affordable academic software packages are offered to qualifying organizations, all of which accommodate academic budgets and make it possible for research teams of all sizes to attain the software they need to innovate.
  • Create Your Own Study Group and Collaborate with the Larger Community: Preview the latest innovations, share research and ideas with a worldwide audience and interact with industry in-person and online through the Accelrys Communities, which include an online forum for sharing your thoughts with other researchers and a blog where you can join Accelrys scientists in discussing new ideas.

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Affordable Tools to Enhance Academic Research

Academic customers can now take advantage of the NEW Accelrys Academic Program – our most popular Academic solutions, Pipeline Pilot®, Discovery Studio® and Materials Studio®, are now available with affordable, exclusively academic software packages and new capabilities such as:

  • Improved Collaboration: Web applications developed with Accelrys software for external use by academic partners and collaborators
  • Enhanced Functionality: Unlimited compute jobs and FREE Web clients with Pipeline Pilot
  • Competitive Pricing: Exclusive Academic software packages with flexible maintenance, teaching license and site license options

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Accelrys Informatics Products:

Informatics applications that search, view, register, manage and mine research data and information.

Modeling and Simulation Software:

Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN):

Accelrys Notebook stores all your experiment records in one searchable and safe place. Accelrys Notebook enables your R&D team to spend more time in the lab and to collaborate instantly. It's easy to use and the information you care about is at your fingertips regardless of your geographic location. Try it for free!

  • Accelrys Notebook: A cost-effective, affordable ELN option ideal for Academic institutions

Databases and Access Portals:

A comprehensive collection of chemical sourcing, bioactivity and reaction databases available in-house, via the web, or as a web service.

  • DiscoveryGate: Source compounds faster and more cost-effectively with comprehensive, up-to-date supplier information

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Blair Johnston, Strathclyde University, Glasgow

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Rachel Clark, Strathclyde University, Glasgow

Simon Parsons, Professor of Crystallography & Head of Inorganic Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

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Academic Resources

Keep abreast of the latest in academic research here in the all new Accelrys Academics Resource Center. From video testimonials to a grant resource library and relevant industry best practices, here you’ll find a wealth of information that just might be better than a study guide.

Accelrys Community

  • Accelrys Academic Community: Tap into Accelrys team members and learn about scientific solutions designed specifically for academic research. It’s also a forum for you and your fellow colleagues, along with Accelrys’ own scientific minds, to converse on trends and hot topics within your field and most importantly, an area for you to provide us with feedback and ideas.
  • Academic Collaborators: Strategic alliances with leading researchers ensure that our products and scientific research program are maintained to meet your needs.
  • Accelrys Support: Find support on Accelrys products and solutions.

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Implementing Electronic Laboratory Notebooks in an Academic Environment
Leading universities now view the introduction of electronic lab notebooks as a strategic initiative to stay in the scientific forefront. Join this one hour webinar and learn how Accelrys Notebook can help you improve productivity and promote knowledge sharing in academic research labs.

The webinar is presented by Mats Kihlén, Director R&D at Accelrys.

During the webinar we cover:

  • The role of ELN vs. other informatics systems
  • Strategic benefits for universities
  • Efficiency gains and user comments
  • Using ELN as a common documentation system in an academic environment
  • How to get there - an implementation project outline
  • Live Demonstration of Accelrys Notebook
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Case Studies

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Article: Traditional Drug-discovery Model Ripe for Reform

Article: UCD College of Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences Agrees to License Accelrys Software for Academic Collaboration

Press Release: German Cancer Research Center Selects Accelrys Notebook from Accelrys

Press Release: New Program Demonstrates Accelrys’ Commitment to Academia

UCD College of Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences Agrees to License Accelrys Software for Academic Collaboration

2011 Accelrys Academic Survey Winners
Congratulations to our 2011 Academic Survey prize drawing winners! Each winner has been kind enough to share their Accelrys story with us. Click below to see how these fellow researchers are making a difference:

James Broughman, PhD
Technical Director, Integrated Microscopy Core Facility Baylor College of Medicine

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What are you currently working on?
At Baylor, we have used Pipeline Pilot to analyze the data from several different projects for users of the Integrated Microscopy Core. One of our current projects involves screening hybridoma supernatants for antibodies that are effective in immunofluorescence labeling of cells. Using a combination of robotic processing to fix and label cells plated on 384 well plates, high content imaging to capture antibody labeling and Pipeline Pilot to assess the images we can screen thousands of antibody supernatants in order to rapidly find the best antibodies. The whole process is complete in less than 24 hours, as we have a limited window of opportunity to select the hybridoma cells we need to keep. We have also used Pipeline Pilot to analyze cooperativity between different dictyostelium species, polarity of white blood cells and analysis of mitotic cells.

How have you incorporated Accelrys products into your current projects?

We use Pipeline Pilot for most of the administrative tasks required to manage the Integrated Microscopy Core. Scheduling, billing and reporting are all managed through a web interface which results in less time spent on these tasks. We are in the process of expanding our assay development service; with the future academic alliance between Accelrys and BCM I hope to see more researchers taking advantage of the tools available in Pipeline Pilot. My personal goal is to become as well versed at using Pipeline Pilot as my co-workers.

Is there anything else you would like to add about your experience with Accelrys?

The Integrated Microscopy Core has had the good fortune to have collaborated with Accelrys over the last several years. This has helped my colleagues become extremely proficient at solving difficult image analysis challenges. Adam Szafran and Justin Newberg have developed a suite of tools to manage terabytes of data and extract the pertinent information from those images to classify cellular responses and determine mechanistic information about various experimental treatments.

Dan T Major, PhD
Senior lecturer, Chemistry Department Bar-Ilan University

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What are you currently working on?
In my group we use Discovery Studio and Materials Studio. We use Discovery Studio for protein modelling such as GPCR modelling, structure manipulations and analysis which help us design enzyme simulations and understand our results from enzyme simulations. We use Materials Studio for modelling self-assembled monolayers, cathode material for batteries, and more.

How have you incorporated Accelrys products into your current projects?
Discovery Studio and Materials Studio help us perform better and faster research. Our research is much more streamlined using Discovery Studio and Materials Studio. In materials based projects, Materials Studio also serves as a principle computational engine in my group. In bio-projects, we typically use development versions of academic software which we also develop, but Discovery Studio is a crucial part of setting up systems and analyzing data after performing the simulations.

Is there anything else you would like to add about your experience with Accelrys?
Accelrys’ staff is extremely pleasant to work (from sales to support) – they’re very professional. Accelrys Support is best I've come across.

Niko Sahlberg
Head Engineer, High Throughput Screening Laboratory Biotechnology Centre of Oslo, University of Oslo

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What are you currently working on?
I am running a “High Throughput Chemical Biology Screening Platform” core facility at the Biotechnology Centre of Oslo. We study chemical biology with a range of biochemical and cell based assays in HTS scale. We routinely use Accelrys products - Pipeline Pilot in data analysis and Discovery Studio in structural analysis.

How have you incorporated Accelrys products into your current projects?
Pipeline Pilot has made a major improvement in analyzing data from our high throughput screening campaigns. It enables faster and more complex data analysis and thus has become an important tool for us that facilitates our research and helps us to meet the goal with high standard.

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Ross Paveley, PhD
Department of Immunology and Infection
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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Tell me a little about your research and some of your lab’s major achievements.
Research in our laboratory is focused on the discovery of new drugs to treat the disease schistosomiasis, which affects in excess of 200 million people worldwide. Only one effective drug is currently available to treat this disease and due to its widespread use in mass chemotherapy campaigns there are concerns about the development of drug resistance. Current screening technologies rely on the visual assessment of larval phenotypes and motility post-drug treatment, which has limited throughput and can be subjective. We have therefore developed a High-Content Screening (HCS) platform involving automated image capture and analysis to increase throughput of our assays and make large compound libraries available for drug discovery against this neglected tropical disease.

Which Accelrys software do you use? When did you start using it? And what type of things do you use it for?
We acquired Pipeline Pilot approximately two years ago and have fully integrated this software into our HCS platform. We primarily use Pipeline Pilot imaging collection for both the processing and analysis of our images. Into our image processing protocols we have integrated a supervised computer-learning model to detect our parasite phenotypes and developed an object tracking protocol to assess larval motility. Test compounds are analysed statically using the plate data analytics collection and hits can be classed and assessed using the advanced Chemistry protocols. All data collected from test plates are then reported on using various reporting components, which are viewed through the Pipeline Pilot webport. Our Use of Pipeline Pilot has also enabled us to collaborate with other institutions to advance drug development.

The drivers in academia differ significantly from those that drive scientists in industry. Can you explain how important things like the quantity and quality of the work you publish, the “impact factor” of the journal it’s published in, numbers of citations, etc. are to you and your group? How does academia define success and how does this impact the way you run your lab? Specifically is a measurement of that success widely regarded as what’s called the H-Index? Do you know what yours is?
The publication of scientific papers is an important factor in Academic research and a combination of quantity and quality is required. There is strong encouragement from the Institution and every effort is made to publish in as high an impact journal as possible, although it is acknowledged that certain areas of our tropical disease research, which are of strategic importance to our mission statement, may not always suit high impact journals. More recently some emphasis has been placed on demonstrating the wider impact of the research, reflecting translation of laboratory studies into practical solutions. The publication of papers subsequently impacts future applications for grant money that ultimately dictates the success of a programme and its continuation. Due to the nature our work in the discovery of new drugs against schistosomiasis, our group’s success is not just measured by the output of papers but also by the number of novel lead compounds that can be identified and hopefully developed into new drugs. We are aware that citation indices are likely to be used in Institutional evaluation and, yes, I know what my H-Index is.

How does Accelrys software make you a better academic researcher according to the success measures mentioned in 3?
Using Accelrys software has enabled us to increase the number of compounds we develop and collaborate effectively with other institutions. This enables us to compete with larger institutions in submitting larger, multi-institutional grants. Effective collaboration also leads to the development of higher quality, higher impact papers.

What would you say is the impact on your lab’s productivity or efficiency as a result of your investment in Accelrys software? Specifically how much would a typical research project be speeded up? And how does this correlate to the success factors mentioned in 3? Is there anything you are able to do now that you could just not contemplate doing without Accelrys software?
Using Pipeline Pilot has enabled us to automate our drug-screening platform, which has increased our throughput by 10-fold. This has opened up larger and more diverse compound libraries, which were previously beyond the scope of our laboratory. This should lead to the discovery of new lead compounds against Schistosomes. The flexibility of Pipeline Pilot should also enable us to adapt protocols to screen compounds against other neglected tropical diseases.

What would you have to do if you didn't have Pipeline Pilot and what impact would this have on your research?
If we did not have Pipeline Pilot, we would not be able to automate our system as the wells containing our parasites would have to be read manually down a microscope. If we had automated without Pipeline Pilot, then we would have had to hire and train several more investigators to read the wells manually. Without the automation and Pipeline Pilot, we would only be able to screen a tenth of the compounds we can with our current system and would only be able to apply for small grants to screen limited compound libraries. This was how we operated before the implementation of our system, and we discovered no new lead compounds against schistosomiasis.

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