Six months ago, I explained why I was bullish on Accelrys
Earlier this month, Accelrys announced that revenue for the quarter ending Sept. 30 had increased 30% year over year. In the same period, the company cut its net loss by 54%.
Accelrys still reported a loss of $2.3 million, but management is carrying out a long-term strategy. In September, I noted that the company had added Millennium Chemical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lyondell and PPG Industries, to its already impressive customer base, which includes AstraZeneca
Earlier this week, Microsoft
Last week, the company also announced the launch of its NanoBiology Initiative. It aims to develop better computational modeling and informatics software to help scientists and engineers apply nanotechnology to a variety of biotechnology sectors. Potential applications could include biological research, drug delivery, biosensing, and biomaterial design. Initiatives such as the NanoBiology Initiative or Accelrys' Nanotechnology Consortium don't immediately add revenue to the bottom line, but they do give the company an excellent way to stay abreast of the latest trends and issues affecting their customers.
Dr. Leroy Hood's presence as chairman of the NanoBiology Initiative's Scientific Advisory Committee also sends a very strong signal that the application of nanotechnology to biological research will likely be profound. Hood is the president and co-founder for the Institute for Systems Biology, a pioneer in the field of biotechnology, and has played a role in founding several biotech companies, including Amgen
In my opinion, Accelrys' efforts to position itself at the crossroads of nanotech and biotech, and help facilitate new discoveries in those fields, could reap considerable rewards for the company and its shareholders.
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Fool contributor Jack Uldrich has been thinking small since grade school. He is the author of The Next Big Thing is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business and the forthcoming book Investing in Nanotechnology: Think Small, Win Big. He currently owns shares in ACCL and Microsoft, but holds no financial position in any other companies mentioned. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.