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Indemnity Agreement - Molecular Simulations Inc. and Teijin Molecular Simulations Inc.

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                              INDEMNITY AGREEMENT
     THIS INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (the "Agreement") is made as of March 1, 1998 (the
"Effective Date"), by and between MOLECULAR SIMULATIONS INCORPORATED, a Delaware
corporation organised under the laws of Japan ("TMSI").

     WHEREAS, in or around February 1992, MSI and TMSI entered into a
Distributorship Agreement pursuant to which MSI granted TMSI an exclusive right
to market and sublicense MSI Software in Japan. In consideration of the licenses
and rights granted to TMSI, TMSI was to pay licensing fees to MSI on a monthly
basis, calculated as a percentage of the fees received by TMSI from sublicensing
the Software. TMSI has always paid these fees to MSI net of withholding taxes
mandated by Japanese law, and

     WHEREAS, MSI and TMSI have now prepared an Amended and Restated
Distributorship Agreement ("Amended Agreement") which amends the rights and
obligations of MSI and TMSI in certain respects. The parties believe that under
the terms of the Amended Agreement, TMSI will no longer be mandated by Japanese
law to withhold taxes from the payments to be made to MSI, and the parties are
filing an application before the National Tax Authority of Japan ("NTA") for a
formal opinion on this issue. Pending receipt of such opinion, TMSI will no
longer withhold taxes from payments to be made to MSI, and

     WHEREAS, MSI desires to provide TMSI with certain indemnifications with
respect to the proposed change in tax withholding by TMSI.

     NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the mutual agreements
and covenants hereinafter set forth, MSI and TMSI hereby agree as follows:

1.   CESSATION OF TAX WITHHOLDING BY TMSI.  Effective for transactions recorded
on or after March 1, 1998, and pursuant to the terms of the Amended Agreement,
TMSI will cease to deduct Japanese withholding tax from the payments to be made
to MSI related to applicable transactions pursuant to the terms of the Amended

this Agreement, MSI agrees to indemnify and hold TMSI harmless against any
administrative instruction by NTA or final judicial judgment holding TMSI liable
for failure to withhold taxes on its payments to MSI. MSI will indemnify TMSI
against the full amount of the withholding taxes as well as any associated
penalties or interest that are included within the administrative instruction by
the NTA or the judgment. This indemnity is only valid if such administrative
instruction or judgment is based solely upon TMSI's failure to withhold taxes
pursuant to TMSI's compliance with the terms of Section 1 of this Agreement.

3.   PROCEDURES.  TMSI shall promptly notify MSI upon receipt of written notice
of any action or administrative instruction commenced against it in respect of
which indemnity may be sought


hereunder. MSI may participate at its own expense in the defense or settlement
of any such action. TMSI and MSI shall, based on their agreement, select a law
office reasonably reputable for tax disputes in Japan to defend themselves.
These costs and expenses shall be borne by MSI.

4.   SETTLEMENT. TMSI agrees that it will not, without the prior written consent
of MSI, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld, settle, make payments,
compromise or consent to the entry of any judgment in any pending or threatened
claim, administrative instruction, action or proceeding in respect of which
indemnification could be sought under Section 2 hereof.

5.   ENTIRE AGREEMENT.  This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement among
the parties hereto relating to the subject matter hereof and the provisions
hereof supersede all conflicting prior agreements and understandings relating to
the subject matter hereof.

6.   GOVERNING LAW.  This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State
of California. Any claim or controversy arising out of or related to this
Agreement or any breach hereof shall be submitted to a court of competent
jurisdiction in the State of California.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, MSI and TMSI have caused this agreement to be executed
as of the date first written above by their respective officers thereunto duly

                                          MOLECULAR SIMULATIONS INCORPORATED

                                          By:  /s/Michael J. Savage

                                          TEIJIN MOLECULAR SIMULATIONS

                                          By:  /s/Nobuya Kawasaki
                                               Name:  Nobuya Kawasaki
                                               Title:  President & CEO