As Pharmacopeia of Princeton, NJ, plans to merge its four software units into a single entity, the company faces a number of challenges in making the integration process as seamless as possible.

The new software business will incorporate Molecular Simulations, Genetics Computer Group, Oxford Molecular, and Synopsys Scientific Systems. The unit’s main sites will be based in San Diego, Calif., and Cambridge, UK. A name for the new business has been chosen, but will not be announced until the American Chemical Society Meeting in San Diego April 1-5.

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