NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Dassault Systèmes and Accelrys today announced that they have signed a definitive merger agreement under which Dassault Systèmes will acquire the San Diego-based software company in an all-cash $750 million transaction.

Dassault Systèmes said Thursday that it will make a tender offer to acquire all the outstanding shares of Accelrys common stock for $12.50 per share. Accelrys shares closed at $9.72 in Wednesday trade on the Nasdaq.

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