Startup raises ante in computational chemistry service

FRAMINGHAM (09/24/2003) - Optive Research Inc. has launched with an extensive line of computational chemistry tools for molecular discovery research. Unlike many startups, Optive Research has a flying start: Many of its products, such as Concord, DiverseSolutions, and StereoPlex, are already in wide use and well known. In fact, some of its products have been in use in many life science companies for almost 25 years.

In the late 1970s, Robert Pearlman, a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin and Optive's president, started rolling out a collection of software tools. For the past 15 years, five of his products have been distributed by Tripos.

The launch of Optive Research is just a way for Pearlman to provide a higher level of service, support, and software R&D. "I was thinking about long-term, what will happen to the user base after retirement (something that is not imminent)," Pearlman says.

Optive Research will reintroduce existing Pearlman products, roll out some others, and continue to develop new tools to aid in the drug discovery process. Optive Research's initial product lines include Benchware, a suite of Windows-based desktop computer programs designed to help bench chemists; Discovery Engines, a large number of programs for cheminformatics, molecular design, and high-throughput discovery; Discovery Components, essentially modular components of some of the functionality contained within the Benchware and Discovery Engines lines; and Distributed Computing, tools to help run Optive Research applications and custom-written programs in a distributed computing environment.

Vendor: Optive Research

Product Name: Benchware, Discovery Engines, Discovery Components, Distributed Computing

Availability: Now

For more information: +1-(512) 514-6222; or

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