Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo To Explore Post-Genomic Frontiers

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MARCH 10, 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 Post-Genomic Frontiers Symposium will feature prominent scientists discussing the technologies that are paving the way to a better understanding of human health and disease. The Post-Genomic Frontiers Symposium will take place on Tuesday, 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 their organizations.

With the human genome sequence virtually completed, scientists must mine this treasure trove of information to better understand the biology of disease and improve human health. The Post-Genomic Frontiers Symposium will offer a panoramic view of the scientific advances and technologies that will shape the future of biomedical research and drug discovery. Leading scientists 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.

Kevin Davies, Ph.D., editor-in-chief of Bio-IT World magazine, organized and will chair the symposium featuring Howard Cash, founder and president, Gene Codes Corporation; Mark Daly, fellow, Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research; Todd Golub, MD, Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute; Steve Gygi, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School and Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, Ph.D, Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research.

Dr. Lindblad-Toh will present the latest work on mammalian genome projects, including dog and chimp. Mr. Daly will discuss the computational approaches to identifying complex disease genes, while Dr. Golub will speak on cancer genomics. Dr. Gygi will address the challenges of proteomics, and Mr. Cash will discuss the application of bioinformatics in the wake of the 9/11 disaster.

"These five talented speakers will lay out a tantalizing preview of the myriad benefits the human genome sequence will have on human health and society, including the search for genes that underlie common diseases and complex traits, new tools to profile and diagnose cancer, forensic DNA analysis, and proteomics," said Davies, who authored the book “Cracking the Genome,” newly released in paperback (Johns Hopkins University Press).

“The Post-Genomic Frontiers Symposium, taking place for the first time at Bio-ITWorld, promises to deliver compelling, up-to-date information about applying technology to ultimately improve human health,” said Darrell Baker, vice president of event services at IDG World Expo.

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 Post-Genomic Frontiers session, 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.

To register for the Post-Genomic Frontiers Symposium and for more information, visit www.bioitworldexpo.com.

About Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo

Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo (www.bioitworldexpo.com), 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 ryan_colby@idg.com. More information is also available by calling (800) 560-7612.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) 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, Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, Integrated Security Conference & Expo, BiometricsWorld Conference & Expo and Portable Power Conference. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), 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 www.idg.com.

 

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