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Simpleware Product Group, Synopsys

This Exeter University spin-out, acquired by Synopsys five years ago, has seen some amazing changes.

Simpleware Product Group, Synopsys

Originally a spin-out from the University of Exeter, the Simpleware Product Group is now part of Synopsys, Inc., one of the largest software companies in the world. The Silicon Valley-based company has revenues of over $3 billion a year and has more than 15,000 employees worldwide, with Exeter as one of several key British locations.

The Simpleware Product Group develops software and services for going from 3D image data (such as MRI and CT) to virtual models that can be used to carry out design and simulation tasks, including 3D printing. The software is used for clinical applications, high-value manufacturing, and any industry that requires accurate reconstruction of complex structures from scans.

Simpleware software is used by numerous companies in the S&P 500, as well as by leading research institutions. In recent years, Simpleware software has been at the cutting-edge in terms of developing Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled solutions for medical images. Most of the members of the Simpleware Product Group at Synopsys are based in Exeter.

“As the Simpleware Product Group, we just celebrated our five years at Synopsys in March 2021! We’ve seen some amazing changes since we joined Synopsys but being located in Exeter has always been part of our identity and even more so since the acquisition”

Site leader and R&D Manager Viet Bui Xuan

“The quality of life that Devon offers, and Exeter in particular, is truly unique with easy access to the sea and Dartmoor, a short commute and life in a vibrant university city with plenty of options for shopping and eating out. We’ve also been able to attract top talents both locally through our links with the University and from around the world and many of us have now established strong roots in the area.

At the end of last year, we were delighted to hear about the growth of Synopsys in Plymouth through an acquisition, another success story for Devon businesses! This inspires us to strengthen and build new relationships with institutions not only internationally but also locally.”

About Synopsys

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) is the Silicon to Software™ partner for innovative companies developing the electronic products and software applications we rely on every day. As an S&P 500 company, Synopsys has a long history of being a global leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP and offers the industry’s broadest portfolio of application security testing tools and services. Whether you’re a system-on-chip (SoC) designer creating advanced semiconductors, or a software developer writing more secure, high-quality code, Synopsys has the solutions needed to deliver innovative products.

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