Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo Returns to Boston

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MARCH 18, 2003 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, today announced that next week’s Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo will feature more than 90 companies in the growing bio-IT industry offering technology solutions to help speed life sciences research and development. Thousands of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academic, government and life science professionals are expected to descend upon the Hynes Convention Center for the event’s second Boston occurrence. Conference sessions run March 25-27, and the exhibit floor opens the evening of March 25.


Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo attendees will learn how technology tools can drive efficiencies, create opportunities and increase profitability within life sciences organizations. Industry analyst firm IDC estimates that the bio-IT market will grow from $12.2 billion in 2001 to more than $30 billion in 2006, representing a 20 percent compound annual growth rate.

Bio-ITWorld’s exhibit floor will feature key players providing technology solutions for the life sciences, including Avaki, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Linux Networx, LION bioscience, Network Appliance, NuGenesis Technologies and Platform Computing.

Below are a few of the exhibitors showcasing new products at Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo:

Network Inference (booth 1319) will launch Cerebra® Construct, a Visio-based graphical modeler that enables users to create and maintain ontologies to describe large and complex domains of knowledge. Cerebra® Construct extends taxonomies to capture more complex inter-relationships for automated reasoning and dynamic discovery using the Cerebra Semantic Integration Suite.

Thermo Electron Corporation informatics business(booth 1414), formerly trading as Thermo LabSystems and Thermo Galactic, will exhibit under its new identity for the first time at Bio-ITWorld. The company will also introduce the integrated eRecordManager/Tivoli Storage Manager solution, a joint solution it is developing with IBM Life Sciences group to better support the global life science community in managing, archiving, and restoring analytical data for the long term.

Waban Software (booth 1307) will introduce Waban LIMS 2.0, featuring a new modular architecture that enables rapid 21 CFR compliance updates and aids researchers and developers in managing vast amounts of laboratory data and decision analytics through seamless integration with emerging third-party technologies and other applications for genomics, proteomics and pharmacogenomics.

Attendees will hear from industry luminaries during Bio-ITWorld’s line-up of keynote presentations, including Dr. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health; Dr. Caroline A. Kovac, general manager of IBM Life Sciences; and Dr. Stephen H. Friend, president of Rosetta Inpharmatics and vice president of Molecular Profiling at Merck Research Laboratories. Debra Goldfarb, group vice president of Worldwide Systems and Life Sciences Research at IDC, will also deliver a feature presentation examining the influence that the convergence of IT and the bioscience market will have on the business of drug discovery.

Bio-ITWorld will include more than three dozen educational sessions covering key issues and challenges faced by life sciences and IT professionals. Conference attendees can choose from sessions distributed among four conference tracks: Technology Infrastructure & Applications, Computational Solutions for Life Science Problems, Knowledge Discovery and Management, and Business and Operations in Life Sciences IT.

The upcoming event will also feature the debut of two, half-day scientific symposia. The E-Clinical Trials Symposium will feature prominent scientists discussing the technologies which are paving the way to more efficient drug trials, decision-making strategies and the state of the clinical trial management systems marketplace. The Post-Genomic Frontiers Symposium will feature leading scientists who will illustrate how knowledge of the genome and a stream of new technology is being applied in fields such as pharmacogenomics, proteomics, chemical biology and systems biology. Co-organized by Bio-IT World magazine, both symposia will take place on March 25 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The Bio-ITWorld Best of Show Awards will also make their Boston debut at the upcoming event. Introduced for the first time at Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo/San Diego 2002, the awards will recognize exceptional bio-IT innovations showcased by Bio-ITWorld’s exhibitors. Held in conjunction with Bio-IT World magazine, the Best of Show Awards will be announced in the following categories: Information Technology Infrastructure, Knowledge Management & Collaboration Applications and Supporting Applications.

On the exhibit floor, the Bio-ITWorld Technology Showcase Theater will feature a full schedule of special presentations by exhibiting companies. The schedule includes:

GeneLogic: March 25 at 5:30 pm

BlueArc: "Improve Your R&D with a Network Storage Technology that Changes the Rules" presented by Claude Steinmayer, director, Solutions and Field Marketing; March 26 at 12:00 pm

Corporate Technologies: “Using New Technologies to Solve Biotech IT Challenges” presented by Peter Baer Galvin; March 26 at 1:00 pm

Cognos Corporation: “Introducing Cognos Metrics Manager: The Next Generation Scorecarding and Performance Management Solution for Life Sciences” presented by Bill Stevens, director, Life Sciences; March 26 at 2:00 pm

APC: "Emerging Trends in Network Critical IT Infrastructure: Optimizing Availability Through Scalable, Adaptable, and Open Physical Layer Design" presented by Jonathan Donovan, director, Worldwide Market Strategy; March 26 at 3:00 pm

NuGenesis Technologies: “Platform Data Management Architecture for Intellectual Property and Regulatory Compliance Electronic Records” presented by John Helfrich, program manger, Drug Discovery and Development Group; March 27 at 12:00 pm

AnVil: “High Anxiety Analysis: The Anvil Data Analysis Platform for Clinical and Molecular Discovery” presented by John Hotchkiss, chief technology officer; March 27 at 1:00 pm

SciQuest/Essex Technologies: “Discover Efficiency with LifeCycle™ Biologicals Manager” presented by David Hodl, product director; March 27 at 2:00 pm

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About Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo

Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo (, produced by IDG World Expo, is the leading event to demonstrate how technology is transforming the life sciences throughout all discovery and development processes. IDG World Expo designed Bio-ITWorld exclusively 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-ITWorld to learn how the latest tools, services and best practices will help revolutionize our health, our environment and our society.

For more information on Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo please contact Ryan Colby, Product Manager at (508) 424-4811 or via email at More information is also available by calling (800) 560-7612.

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