Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo To Debut E-Clinical Trials Symposium

FRAMINGHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 11, 2003 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, today announced the addition of a new symposium for the upcoming Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo, taking place at Boston's Hynes Convention Center March 25-27, 2003. Co-organized by Bio"IT World magazine, 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 E-Clinical Trials Symposium will take place on March 25 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.


Bio-ITWorld 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 pharmaceutical and biotechnology organizations.

Recent breakthroughs in e-clinical trials technology have been the driving force behind the creation of the E-Clinical Trials Symposium at Bio-ITWorld, which will strive to answer critical questions such as:

Is it time for major drug firms to have one central strategy for electronic data capture (EDC) and other tools, or is decentralized decision-making still best?

Is third-party IT support for worldwide EDC rollouts an emerging business opportunity?

What innovations, including data-mining third-party databases, offer the most hope for accelerating patient recruitment?

Why are discussions and definitions of clinical trial management systems (CTMS) so unfocused, and what is the state of the CTMS marketplace?

Noted experts from the clinical trials industry will lead the discussion, including Paul Bleicher, CSO, Phase Forward; Ken Getz, president and CEO, CenterWatch; Tim Jaeger, Germany's Health Information System Action Forum, and Rebecca Kush, president, CDISC. The symposium was co-organized by Bio"IT World Editor-in-Chief Kevin Davies and Michael J. Barrett, senior analyst, Healthcare Research, Forrester Research.

"The E-Clinical Trials Symposium is an especially fitting addition to Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo, since it directly and specifically addresses technology's use in life sciences," said Darrell Baker, vice president of event services at IDG World Expo.

The cost to attend the E-Clinical Trials Symposium is $495. Attendees may register for the symposium on the Bio-ITWorld Web site (

Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo is returning to Boston in a larger facility following its successful launch at the World Trade Center Boston in March 2002, and its West Coast debut in San Diego in November 2002.

In addition to the E-Clinical Trials Symposium, Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo will also feature numerous conference sessions, dozens of exhibiting companies and keynote presentations from 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.

For a full schedule of Bio-ITWorld event activities or for more information, visit

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.

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