Bio-IT World Magazine and IDG World Expo Announce “Best of Show” Award Finalists

FRAMINGHAM, MA – NOVEMBER 8, 2002 – Bio-IT World magazine and IDG World Expo today announced finalists for the industry's first life sciences technology "Best of Show" Awards. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on the evening of November 13 at next week's BioITWorld Conference & Expo in San Diego.


This "Best of Show" awards program was established by Bio-IT World and IDG World Expo specifically to recognize those technology products which best support life sciences research and development. Finalists were chosen based on technical merit and functionality, the importance of the problem being solved, and innovation.

"The tremendous interest we received around this first-of-its-kind awards program is certainly one indication of the significant growth and level of technological innovation happening at the intersection of information technology and the life sciences," said John Russell, executive editor, Bio-IT World, and project manager for the "Best of Show" Awards. "We look forward to meeting with these finalists personally on the exhibit floor and feel confident that this premier group of companies will be instrumental in driving important advancements in the way life sciences companies research and develop new treatments and life-changing therapies."

Based on submissions received from more than fifty exhibitors, Bio-IT World's editorial staff and a panel of judges, including leading business and technology experts, selected the following products as finalists in each of the four technology categories:

Information Technology Infrastructure

Centera Content Addressed Storage System, from EMC Corp.

RLX Blast Cluster Solution, from RLX Technologies Inc.

Avaki 2.5, from Avaki Corp.

pSeries 690, from IBM Corp.

Knowledge Management and Collaboration Applications

Discovery Studio Modeling, from Accelrys Inc.

Pipeline Pilot v2.5, from SciTegic

Integrated Computing Environment for HPC, from Accenture Ltd.

Informatics Tools and Data

Visual Cell, from Gene Network Sciences Inc.

LION Discovery Center, from LION Bioscience, AG

DiscoveryHub, from geneticXchange

Supporting Applications

MOE Application Suite, from Chemical Computing Group Inc.

Soochika, from Strand Genomics Pvt. Ltd.

BioMine, from Gene Network Sciences Inc.

One winner in each category will be selected after meeting with the finalists and reviewing their products at the show. For complete coverage of the "Best of Show" Awards, along with continuous updates from next week's BioITWorld Conference & Expo by Bio-IT World editors, 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 professionals. Coverage focuses on the application of technology products and services to enable the life sciences R&D value chain in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, healthcare, government and academic research organizations. The company's premiere publication, Bio-IT World, and accompanying website,, deliver the latest news, analysis and information on the technology infrastructure and applications driving innovation in the bio-IT community. Established in September 2001, Bio-IT World, Inc. is headquartered in Framingham, Mass.

About BioITWorld Conference & Expo

BioITWorld Conference & Expo (, produced by IDG World Expo, is the largest event to demonstrate how information technology is transforming the life sciences throughout all discovery and development processes. IDG World Expo designed BioITWorld for life science professionals looking to evaluate and understand advanced IT solutions and bioinformatics that speed, store, analyze and interpret the flood of information being produced by the life sciences industry. Visionaries from the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, academic and government markets will convene at BioITWorld to learn how the latest tools, services and training will help revolutionize our health, our environment and our society.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( produces IT-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of IT-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, BioITWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, Integrated Security Conference & Expo and BiometricsWorld Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

IDG World Expo and Bio-IT World are business units of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at


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