ChemAxon opens Boston HQ in face of growing US demand

By Natalie Morrison

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ChemAxon plans to grow US business through a series of new offices
ChemAxon plans to grow US business through a series of new offices
ChemAxon has opened a US headquarters to boost its technical, scientific and consultancy services.

The firm – which specialising in software for new product research and development (R&D) and consulting services – said the office is the result of a hefty rise in demand from its American customers.

CEO Alex Drijver told one of the biggest reasons for the uptick in business was the launch of two new desktop applications – JChem and JChem for Excel.

“The success of these has encouraged us to look to expand our suite of applications,”​ he said.

He added that the decision to locate the office in Boston – a “biotechnology hub” ​– was based on a need to provide more local services in regions which generate the most business.

“Locating in this key US pharma-biotech hub helps us ensure our technology evolves with customer requirements, and they gain more business value from their chemistry,” ​he said.

“We are also increasingly involved in projects with both smaller biotech companies and large pharma to migrate their systems from their earlier legacy systems to the ChemAxon platform. As a result there is an increasing need for local support and also consultancy services.”

Drijver added that as many of the clients do not have the in-house capabilities for the “specific integrations or custom applications” ​ChemAxon is recruiting more technical specialists to help.

He could not reveal the companies the re-enforced services would be aimed at, but told us the company lists the top 15 pharma amongst its clients.

More to come

Drijver said developing strong collaborative relationships with a range of US firms – from the large pharma, large and small biotech, agrochem, and fine chemicals sectors – is key to the company’s future growth strategy.

“ChemAxon continues to grow its customer base year on year, of which the US accounts for around 35 per cent,”​ he said.

He also told us the firm plans to open another US office soon in California, either in San Diego or the Bay Area hubs “where we are already very active.”

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