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Accelrys Buys Sweden’s Contur

San Diego-based Accelrys (NASDAQ: ACCL), which outlined its scientific Software-as-a-Service strategy for me just a couple months ago, says it has acquired privately-held Contur Software AB of Stockholm, Sweden, in a deal valued at $13.1 million. Accelrys says Contur provides Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) software that enables scientific organizations to document their R&D. and to capture their intellectual property (IP). Contur, which offers its R&D documentation on a Software-as-a-Service model, says it has been especially popular among researchers in the food and beverage, chemical, and biotechnology industries, as well as academia. An Accelrys spokeswoman says the $13.1 million deal includes $500,000 to be paid upon reaching certain milestones.