NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Accelrys announced this week the acquisition of systems integrator Vialis for up to $10 million.

The deal strengthens Accelrys' position in the laboratory informatics software space and expands its capabilities in downstream application areas such as development, quality control, quality assurance, and manufacturing, the San Diego-based firm said.

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