BioITWorld Conference & Expo Makes Successful West Coast Debut

FRAMINGHAM, MA – NOVEMBER 19, 2002 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, successfully launched the West Coast version of BioITWorld Conference & Expo featuring 90 participating companies with technology products and services for the life sciences. From November 12-14 at the San Diego Convention Center, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academic, government and life science professionals gained valuable knowledge at BioITWorld about the growing bio-IT market and explored technology designed specifically for their needs, including storage, data analysis, and knowledge management solutions.


BioITWorld Conference & Expo is the only event exclusively focused on technology tools for the life sciences, providing guidance on how these tools drive efficiencies, create opportunities and increase profitability within pharmaceutical and biotechnology organizations.

"IBM Life Sciences was the Cornerstone sponsor of the BioITWorld conference, which proved to be an excellent forum for dialogue on the increasingly important role of information technology in life sciences," said Inna Kuznetsova, worldwide integrated marketing communications manager at IBM Life Sciences. "Both IBM and the business partners who joined us in our booth were impressed by the caliber of the attendees and their response to the IBM sessions, reception and booth exhibits and demonstrations. We are confident that our participation will lead to new business opportunities."

"We're thrilled at the response we received to BioITWorld Conference & Expo in San Diego," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "The event provided an ideal forum for life sciences and IT professionals to engage in conversations that will help drive the advancement of bio-IT. We're looking forward to repeating the success of BioITWorld in Boston next March."

Exhibit Floor

BioITWorld's exhibit floor featured top technology companies showcasing the newest technology products and services for the life sciences. Exhibitors included Avaki Corporation, Convera, Edgewater Technology, EMC Corporation, geneticXchange, IBM, J.D. Edwards, Linux NetworX, LION bioscience, Network Appliance, NuGenesis Technologies, Platform Computing, Rosetta Biosoftware, SciTegic, SemanTx Life Sciences, Strand Genomics and Sun Microsystems, among others.

BioITWorld proved an ideal venue for exhibitors to announce strategic partnerships and new products. Some of the announcements put forth by exhibiting companies include:

Edgewater Technology, which announced a partnership with IBM Life Sciences to deliver integrated solutions for life sciences

GeneticXchange, which announced the release of discoveryBuilder, a power query building tool for scientists conducting drug research

IBM Life Sciences, which announced the joint development of a highly secure authentication and digital signature solution with biometric authentication solutions developer Daon

Procom, which demonstrated its newly enhanced NetFORCE® series network-attached storage filers

Ross Systems, which introduced iRenaissance Validator to substantially reduce the efforts, costs and risks created by increasingly stringent FDA regulations

Zzyzx, which demonstrated a suite of Microsoft Business Solutions for the life science bioinformatics marketplace with its new line of 2 GB Fibre Channel RocketSTOR RAID arrays

"BioITWorld San Diego was an ideal venue for EMC to talk about automated networked storage solutions for life sciences with senior-level bio-IT decision makers," said Roberta Katz, director of Global Life Sciences at EMC. "EMC is thrilled to have won the 'Best of Show' award in the technology infrastructure category for the EMC Centera solution which enables life sciences companies to create audit trails from genomic research to clinical trials to market launch."

Keynotes & Symposia

BioITWorld attendees had ample opportunity to gather insight on the state of the bio-IT market during the event's keynotes and symposia. A standing-room-only crowd gathered to hear Dr. J. Craig Venter, president of The Center for the Advancement of Genomics, who drew from his own extensive experience in genetic research to demonstrate the role of supercomputing and bioinformatics in genomics.

Howard Asher, director of Global Life Sciences at Sun Microsystems, Inc. focused on the increasing penetration of regulations into virtually all aspects of a life science company's operations in his keynote address. Asher also discussed what will be expected of IT in helping companies comply with regulations.

Debra Goldfarb, group vice president of Worldwide Systems and Life Sciences Research at IDC, was also on hand to present a state of the marketplace address on the convergence of biology and IT. Attendees also heard about the pharmaceutical industry's informatics challenges in "Organization and Governance of Life Science Informatics – Ingredients for Success" during a panel discussion chaired by Dr. Rainer Fuchs, vice president of Research Informatics at Biogen, Inc. Panelists included Michael Braxenthaler from Roche, Robin DeMent from GlaxoSmithKline, Bernd Langhein from Novartis, David Pioli from Aventis and Shawn Ramer from Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Conference attendees took part in sessions and workshops on topics ranging from R&D informatics to microarray information management systems to data integration technologies. A number of sessions received rave reviews, including "Building Capabilities in R&D," presented by Shawn Ramer of Bristol-Myers Squibb; "Knowledge Management: Bridging Biology & Information Technology," presented by Roberta Katz of EMC; and "The Bioinformatics Dilemmas," presented by Charles-Andre Brouwers of The Boston Consulting Group.

Best of Show Awards

Winners of the first BioITWorld Conference & Expo "Best of Show" Awards, presented in conjunction with Bio-ITWorld magazine, were announced at a special reception on Wednesday, November 13. The awards identified exceptional bio-IT innovations in four technology categories. Winners were:

Information Technology Infrastructure: Centera Content Addressed Storage System from EMC Corp.

Knowledge Management: Pipeline Pilot V.2 from SciTegic

Informatics Tools and Data: Visual Cell from Gene Network Sciences

Supporting Applications: MOE (Molecular Operating Environment) from Chemical Computing Group

Venture Summit

Eleven of the bio-IT industry's hottest start-ups presented their business plans at the BioITWorld Venture Summit, hosted by Ernst & Young and IDG Ventures during BioITWorld on November 13. The day-long event featured industry perspectives presented by Ernst & Young and IDG Ventures, as well as business plan presentations from such early stage companies as Avaki Corporation, Blackstone Computing, Bright Cluster, Callida Genomics, Coprindm, Gene Network Services, geneticXchange, Inc., Incellico, PharmQuest, Predix Pharmaceuticals and TurboWorx.

The next BioITWorld Conference & Expo will take place March 25-27, 2003 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. For a full schedule of event activities or for more information, visit

About BioITWorld Conference & Expo

BioITWorld 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 BioITWorld 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 BioITWorld to learn how the latest tools, services and best practices will help revolutionize our health, our environment and our society.

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