By Bernadette Toner

Having wrapped up two mergers in a little over a year, Accelrys views additional acquisitions as a key part of its future growth strategy and is on the hunt for viable candidates, company officials said this week.

In a call to discuss the company's third-quarter financial results, Accelrys CEO Max Carnecchia said the firm views acquisitions as one component of a "three-pronged" growth strategy that also includes organic product development and an expanded partner network.

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