Avant-garde Materials Simulation

Avant-garde Materials Simulation

AMS Team, July 2021 – Freiburg. Photo by Daniel Schoenen

Founded in Paris by Dr. Marcus Neumann in 2002 Avant-garde Materials Simulation SARL (AMS) is privately owned and was created with funding and strong support from a major pharmaceutical company. The company’s main goal is the development of software for crystal structure prediction (GRACE initiative).

In 2007 AMS opened a subsidiary, Avant-garde Materials Simulation Deutschland GmbH, in Freiburg, Germany, where all contract research is carried out by our Team.

AMS in the press: Press Coverage

Our mindset

We are addicted to innovation
We are science, software and hardware experts
We will never settle for the second best

Our software is used by many large pharmaceutical companies
We are a multicultural company that serves a global market
We know how to connect to the right people

Our customer’s problems are our problems
We develop new technology not just for, but with our customers
We are loyal to our clients, partners and staff

We are a family business
We care about our staff
We live and work in a great place
We support life-work balance

We do business to invest in science, not the other way around
We do what we say, and we say what we do
We adhere to the idea of sustainable development


Sustainable develop­ment is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs
(Brundtland report).

Less is More – AMS is strongly commited to reducing the company´s CO2 emissions
Renewable energies
Our clusters run on electricity from of regenerative sources. Badenova, our electricty provider, is a regional entity with a strong comittement to the local economy.

Soft mobility
We do our best to reduce our transportation related footprint. AMS owns a membership at the local car sharing company. For innercity transport and short distances we walk, take a bike or use the tram. Taking the train instead of the plane is always considered first. When we fly, we systematically offset for our carbon emissions.

Low energy consumption
Our new office (May 2017) are situated in a low energy consumption building, equipped with an in house pellet heating system. Until 2015, we rented an office in the Sun Ship, the world´s first CO2 neutral public building.

High performance computing clusters produce huge amounts of hot air. Rather than getting the heat out of the building by conventional air conditioning – which would significantly increase our electricity consumption – we use free cooling most of the year and swich on the air conditioning only during the summer months.

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