Bio•IT World Conference + Expo Expands Workshop Offerings

FRAMINGHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 24, 2004 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, today announced that Bio•IT World Conference + Expo™ will feature an expanded program of workshops to provide in-depth, technical training for life science professionals. A series of seven workshops, held throughout the three-day event, will address the newest technologies and methodologies used by life science professionals to drive their research, analysis and development projects.

Now in its third year, Bio•IT World Conference + Expo will take place March 30 – April 1, 2004 at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center. Bio•IT World Conference + Expo attracts pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academic, government and life science professionals who come to learn how technology tools for the life sciences can drive efficiencies, create opportunities and increase profitability within their organizations.

Bio•IT World Conference + Expo’s workshops will feature presentations from the industry’s most knowledgeable experts. Workshop leaders and speakers represent highly-respected organizations, such as Bioinformatics.Org, I3C.org, Entelos, The Journal of BioLaw & Business® and Applied Biogenuity®.

Workshops include:

Bioclusters 2004 Workshop (WA), a networking and educational forum for people involved in all aspects of cluster and grid computing within the life sciences, covering real world systems, solutions, use-cases and best practices

Life Science Identifier (LSID) Workshop (WB), which focuses on the revolutionary technology that represents the industry’s first and only way to consistently access any life science resource programmatically through the Web

Document Management & Regulatory Compliance Workshop (WC), featuring lessons and advice from two IBM consultants who have worked with dozens of life science companies to create effective information management systems and prioritize regulatory compliance initiatives

Systems Biology Workshop (WD), which explores key technologies and methodologies in systems biology, with a focus on those technologies that are already being used for pharmaceutical R&D

Conducting a BioLaw & Business Strategic Audit™: Essential Tools for Systems Integration Workshop (WE), which delivers an interdisciplinary systems approach to address the complex legal and business issues facing life science companies today

64-bit Linux Workshop: Getting Real Results in Affordable Research High-Performance Computing (WF), featuring industry-leading scientists describing how they used 64-bit Linux systems to solve their most complex research problems

Streamlining R&D Workshop (WG), an overview of the database and application technologies offered by Oracle to convert data and process into knowledge

Individual workshops are sponsored by Sun Microsystems (WA); SGI (WF); IBM (WC); McDermott, Will & Emery (WE); and Oracle (WG).

For the complete schedule or to register for Bio•IT World Conference + Expo, visit www.bio-itworldexpo.com.

About Bio•IT World Conference + Expo

Bio•IT World Conference + Expo is the leading event to demonstrate how technology is transforming the life sciences throughout all discovery and development processes. Bio•IT World Conference + Expo is designed for life science professionals looking to evaluate and understand advanced solutions that generate, collect and analyze the flood of information being produced by the life sciences industry. Visionaries from the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, healthcare, academic and government markets convene at Bio•IT World Conference + Expo to learn how the latest tools, services and best practices will help revolutionize our health, our environment and our society. For more information, visit www.bio-itworldexpo.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo®, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Bio•IT World Conference + Expo™, Health•IT World Conference + Expo™, Portable Power Conference & Expo™ and Wireless Sensing Solutions™. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Macworld Conference & Expo®, DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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