Bio-IT World Conference + Expo Expands Workshop Offerings

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MARCH 23, 2005 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, today announced that Bio-IT World Conference + Expo(TM) will feature an expanded program of workshops to provide in-depth, technical training for life science professionals. A series of eight 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 fourth year, Bio-IT World Conference + Expo will take place May 17-19, 2005 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 Harvard Medical School, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Biogen, Center for Biomolecular and Medical Informatics, IBM, Linguamatics, netNumina, Iconix Pharmaceuticals, Platform Computing and CDISC, among others.

The following Workshops will be hosted at the 2005 Bio-IT World Conference + Expo:

eClinical Trials: Planning and Implementation (WA) provides an invaluable introduction to the field of eClinical trials, discussing issues such as technology implementation, safety surveillance, trial registries, and how eClinical trials improve current practices. This workshop will lead directly into the eClinical Trials + Research conference track, and is hosted by Becky Kush (CDISC) and Dave Iberson-Hurst (Assero). Tuesday, May 17, 8:00 am – 10:30 am.

Enterprise Information Management for BioPharma (WB), provides tips and best practices in better managing metadata and taxonomies for improved content management and knowledge discovery in biopharma organizations. Organized by netNumina. Tuesday, May 17, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Predictive Modeling in Drug Discovery (WC), provides an overview of the progress in predictive modeling in drug discovery over the past decade, as well as a market landscape of the available predictive modeling technologies. Organized by Ravi Mallela, Equbits. Tuesday, May 17, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Integrating Toxicogenomic Databases into Drug Development (WD) gives case studies of how big pharma companies are accelerating pre-clinical development through the use of early stage, genomic-based tox studies. Organized by Alan Roter, Iconix Pharmaceuticals. Wednesday, May 18, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Integrating Visualization with Data Mining for Discovery (WE), addresses issues in the development and usage of visualization integrated with data mining and knowledge discovery systems for biomolecular and medical informatics. Organized by Georges Grinstein (U. Mass, Lowell). Wednesday, May 18, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Text Mining — Knowledge Discovery in Life Sciences (WF) explains the latest technologies in text mining, their advantages and limitations and how they can be used to extract invaluable information from vast repositories of text content. Organized by David Milward, Linguamatics. Thursday, May 19, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Science-Driven Enterprise Grids: Addressing Application, Compute and Data Requirements (WG), features real-world case study examples from leading biotech and pharmaceutical companies presenting the challenges and qualitative and quantitative results of deploying enterprise grids. Tuesday, May 17, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm.

Pharmacogenomics and R&D Transformation (WH), discusses how the goal of pharmacogenomics is to identify genetic markers ("biomarkers") that may predict individual patient response to drugs. The workshop will explore how the promise of pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine can be realized. Wednesday, May 18, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Individual workshops are sponsored by IBM (WH); netNumina (WB); and Platform Computing (WG). Individuals can register for any of these Workshops either individually, or in combination with the conference program for maximum exposure/learning experience. Conference tracks include IT Solutions for Drug Discovery, Advances in Genomics Medicine, eClinical Trials & Research, and the Venture Summit.

For the complete schedule or to register for Bio-IT World Conference + Expo, visit .

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 .

About Bio-IT World, Inc.

A business unit of IDG, Bio-IT World, Inc., publishes information across a variety of media to meet the needs of bio-IT, life science, healthcare, pharmaceutical and regulatory professionals. The company's award-winning publication, Bio-IT World, and accompanying website, , deliver the latest news, analysis and information on the application of technology products and services to enable the life sciences R&D value chain – spanning basic research, drug discovery and development, clinical trials, and regulatory compliance. Additionally, the company's weekly electronic publication, Health-IT World News, cover business, technology and product developments related to healthcare management systems and outcomes-based medicine. Established in September 2001, Bio-IT World, Inc. is headquartered in Framingham, Mass.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( ) 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(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Bio-IT World Conference + Expo(TM), Wireless Sensing Solutions(TM), Syndicate(TM), RoboBusiness and RoboNexus. 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(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at .