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ACD/Labs Company Description and Timeline

ACD/Labs Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Every person at ACD/Labs has a passion for science and technology and a desire to help our customers solve their research challenges and innovate faster.

Together we develop and deploy software solutions that empower the digital assembly of analytical, structural, and molecular information for effective decision-making, problem-solving, and product lifecycle control. Our technologies help boost the productivity of R&D, and help ensure that knowledge is retained and related with its chemical context so it may be leveraged to address future challenges. ACD/Labs applications and solutions enable collaborative science within organizations and between partners.

Years of Innovation

25

Team Members

185

Corporate Customers

4275

WHAT MATTERS TO US

SCIENCE

We share our customers’ passion for science and it shows in our software. We handle molecular characterization data with chemical intelligence to help scientists and their organizations innovate faster and collaborate more effectively.

TECHNOLOGY

We intelligently and purposeful apply the latest technology when developing our tools, and actively support customers migrating to highly distributed and cloud computing platforms.

PARTNERSHIP

We value our partnerships with customers, industry leaders, analytical instrument vendors, and industry consortia. They help us to continue delivering tools that address the current and future challenges of our customers.

CUSTOMER SUCCESS

Whether through training, technical support, or project delivery—we are not content until our tools create a significant positive impact for our customers.

DELIVERY

Every project is pursued with a mindset of delivering on our promise.

INDEPENDENCE

Because we are privately-owned and financially independent, our only priorities are the long-term success and continued satisfaction of our customers.

1994
ACD/Labs is established in Toronto, Canada

ACD/Labs is Established in Toronto, Canada

JANUARY

With just 2 people in a small office, Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc. (ACD/Labs) starts business in Toronto, Canada.

1995
First Products Launched

First Products Launched

JANUARY

ACD/CNMR Predictor, ACD/LogP, ACD/ChemSketch, ACD/Dictionary, and ACD/Tautomers are among the first products sold by ACD/Labs.

1996
NMR and PhysChem product lines expanded

NMR and PhysChem Product Lines Expanded

JANUARY

ACD/Labs expands its NMR product line with ACD/HNMR Predictor, and its PhysChem product line with ACD/Boiling Point. The first version of ACD/Name is released.

1997

Product lines Continue to Grow

JANUARY
Product lines continue to grow

ACD/pKa, ACD/LogD Suite, and ACD/Solubility are added to the PhysChem product line, the NMR product line is expanded with ACD/CNMR DB, ACD/HNMR DB, and ACD/NMR Manager, and ACD/Labs' chromatography tools are introduced—ACD/GC Simulator and ACD/LC Simulator.

2000
Waters-Micromass MassLynx Integration

Waters-Micromass MassLynx Integration

OCTOBER

Push button integration between Micromass MassLynx software and ACD/MS Manager announced.

2001

Business Accolades and Awards

AUGUST
Business Accolades and Awards

ACD/Labs is named One of Canada's Fastest Growing Technology Companies by Deloitte & Touche. ACD/Labs also makes the Fast 500 list for Fastest Growing High-Tech Companies in North America.

2002
Collaboration with CAS

Collaboration with CAS

APRIL

ACD/Labs and CAS announce the publication of predicted molecular properties for over 12 million chemical structures.

Academic Site Licensing Program

APRIL

Universities, colleges, and high schools are able to enrich students' chemistry experiences by introducing them to ACD/ChemSketch and ACD/ChemFolder through the academic site licensing program.

Distributor Agreement with Fujitsu Limited

Distributor Agreement with Fujitsu Limited

DECEMBER

Advanced Chemistry Development announces an agreement with Fujitsu Limited to expand distribution in Japan.

2003
Increased Software Collaborations with Vendors

Increased Software Collaborations with Vendors

AUGUST

Agilent Techlogies integrates it's HPLC and ChemStation solutions with ACD/AutoChrom and ACD/ChromGenius software, while JEOL USA announces the integration of their Delta NMR with ACD/Structure Elucidator.

2005
Shimadzu Incorporates ACD/Labs MS Software Tools

Shimadzu Incorporates ACD/Labs MS Software Tools

JUNE

Researchers can visualize and interpret mass spectrometry fragmentation data thanks to the integration of ACD/Labs metabolite identification tools with Shimadzu's high mass accuracy MSn data.

ChemSketch Freeware Enjoys 500,000 Downloads

SEPTEMBER

Worldwide downloads of the popular ACD/ChemSketch Freeware reach a significant milestone—half a million copies.

2006

IntelliXtract Captures Bronze in Pittcon New Product Awards

MARCH
IntelliXtract Wins Bronze Award at Pittcon 2006

ACD/Labs innovates to deliver IntelliXtract, a utility to perform mass spectral deconvolution on LC/MS or GC/MS data. Launched at Pittcon 2006.

GlaxoSmithKline Collaboration

GlaxoSmithKline Collaboration

AUGUST

ACD/Labs collaborates with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to create a specially adapted algorithm for predicting solubility in aqueous DMSO solution, and related enhancements to ACD/Labs' pKa and aqueous solubility prediction algorithms.

2007

Scientists at ACD/Labs Co-Author 'Most Accessed' Paper in MRC

SEPTEMBER
Scientists at ACD/Labs Co-Author

An article entitled ‘Long-range carbon-carbon connectivity via unsymmetrical indirect covariance processing of HSQC and HMBC NMR data’ written by scientists at ACD/Labs and Gary Martin, formerly of Pfizer Global Research, is ranked first on the list of Most Accessed Articles.

2008
ACD/Labs <sup>1</sup>H NMR Predictions are made Available in SciFinder

ACD/Labs 1H NMR Predictions are Made Available in SciFinder

DECEMBER

CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, announcs that scientists worldwide can access more than 23.8 million predicted proton NMR spectra in SciFinder, its leading research and discovery tool and the authoritative source of information on more than 40 million chemical substances.

2009
PharmaAlgorithms Joins ACD/Labs

PharmaAlgorithms Joins ACD/Labs

SEPTEMBER

Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc., (ACD/Labs) and Pharma Algorithms, Inc., join software development and business resources to better serve the extensive Chemical, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical markets, creating a new leader in in silico physicochemical, ADME, Metabolism, and Toxicology screening and prediction.

2010

FDA Collaboration

APRIL
FDA Collaboration

FDA collaborates with ACD/Labs to Develop Predictive QSAR Models

2011
ACD/Spectrus Platform is Unveiled

ACD/Spectrus Platform is Unveiled

MARCH

The release of ACD/Spectrus Processor marks the first deliverable in ACD/Labs' transition to the Spectrus Platform. An all-in-one multi-technique analytical data handling and chemical structure confirmation tool for synthetic and process chemists, Spectrus Processor also enables organizations to increase productivity by leveraging chemical knowledge.

ACD/Percepta is Released

ACD/Percepta is Released

OCTOBER

ACD/Labs' industry standard prediction tools are re-launched under the ACD/Percepta platform. Reliable in-silico prediction tools for physicochemical properties, ADME characteristics, toxicity endpoints, structure design, and optimization are provided in one seamless software platform.

2012

ACD/Labs Spectrus Workbooks are Launched

OCTOBER
ACD/Labs Spectrus Workbooks are Launched

ACD/Labs' innovative algorithms for helping scientists extract answers from analytical data are re-launched on the Spectrus Platform. The new products provide an intuitive interface to homogenize data from a broad array of instrument models and help scientists share expertise and findings within their chemical context.

2013
Release of ACD/Spectrus DB Completes the Spectrus Platform

Release of ACD/Spectrus DB Completes the Spectrus Platform

MARCH

A powerful and unique database at the core of the Spectrus integrated analytical and chemical knowledge management platform is unveiled. Following a three-year effort, release of Spectrus DB completes the Spectrus platform by providing a variety of productivity-increasing enhancements, enabling greater scientific collaboration, and preserving analytical intelligence.

2016
MetaSense Launched at ASMS 2016

MetaSense Launched at ASMS 2016

JUNE

The new MetaSense™ informatics platform delivers efficient, comprehensive metabolite identification and characterization, reduces the bottleneck of LC/MS data analysis, and facilitates knowledge sharing.

Launch of our Online Web Store

Launch of our Online Web Store

NOVEMBER

ACD/Labs begins selling ACD/Spectrus Processor and ACD/ChemSketch online to customers. 30 Day Trial downloads of both programs are also available from the store.

2017
Luminata Launched at Pittcon 2017

Luminata Launched at Pittcon 2017

MARCH

Luminata™ offers a single system for organizing live, assembled analytical data for impurities within the context of a substance and the process by which it was made.

Pearson Collaboration to Improve Student Achievement in Chemistry

Pearson Collaboration to Improve Student Achievement in Chemistry

AUGUST

Integration of ACD/Labs' NMR prediction software with Pearson's online digital learning technology helps undergraduate students learn about the relationship between spectroscopic data and chemical structures.

Luminata—Recipient of the Analytical Scientist Innovation Awards 2017

Luminata Receives a 2017 Innovation Award from The Analytical Scientist

DECEMBER

The Analytical Scientist names Luminata one of its 2017 Innovation Awards recipients, created to "celebrate the creativity needed to transform colorful concepts into vibrant analytical tools".

2019
Katalyst D2D Launched at Pittcon 2019

Katalyst D2D Launched at Pittcon 2019

MARCH

Katalyst D2D is a novel software solution that facilitates the design, planning, execution, and analysis of high throughput experiments, in order to optimize product development efficiency from "Design" to "Decide".