By Uduak Grace Thomas

This article has been updated from a version posted May 24 to include comments from Accelrys officials.

Accelrys announced this week that it has acquired Contur Software in order to add the privately held company's electronic laboratory notebook to its software cache.

Accelrys bought Contur for a total of $13.1 million in cash, including $500,000 to be paid upon reaching certain agreed-upon milestones.

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