BioITWorld Conference & Expo To Highlight New Technologies And Their Impact On Life Sciences

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MARCH 5, 2002 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, today announced that next week's inaugural BioITWorld Conference & Expo will feature more than 75 exhibitors and 70 conference faculty ready to demonstrate the latest information technology for life sciences, as well as provide valuable education. As the first major event showcasing the latest in bioinformatics, data management and IT solutions for life sciences, BioITWorld will focus exclusively on information technologies that are transforming the life sciences throughout the entire discovery and development process.


BioITWorld Conference & Expo will premiere at the World Trade Center Boston, March 12-14, 2002. The conference program begins March 12, and the expo floor opens March 13.

Key players in this burgeoning industry will be on hand to showcase innovative technologies to help collect, disseminate and analyze research data, and quickly turn that data into impactful knowledge and product development. As the largest gathering of vendors offering IT products and services specific to life sciences, BioITWorld Conference & Expo will feature exhibits by Apple, Compaq, CuraGen Corporation, EMC, HP, IBM Life Sciences, Inforonics, Network Appliance, Sun Microsystems, United Devices, Viaken Systems and X-MINE, among others.

BioITWorld will also offer an exclusive opportunity for young companies in bioinformatics and biotechnology to present their new technologies and discoveries to a panel of highly influential venture capitalists during the BioITWorld Venture Summit. A dozen hot new start-ups have signed on to present business plans and product information to one of the region's broadest collections of high-level venture capitalists. Companies that have been in existence for less than three years are invited to submit business plans to the panel, as well as showcase new technologies in the BioITWorld Venture Alley on the show floor.

In addition to the BioITWorld Venture Summit, other show highlights will include:

Dr. Eric Lander, founder and director of the MIT Whitehead Institute Center for Genome Research, presenting the opening keynote presentation on the Human Genome Project

Roy Dunbar, CIO of Eli Lilly and Company, delivering a keynote presentation on the value of IT in pharmaceutical research and development

Michael Capellas, chairman and CEO of Compaq Computer Corporation, presenting a keynote on computing power for the post-genomic era

Technology Showcase Demonstrations on the show floor, which will feature product managers and scientists from leading exhibitors presenting technology solutions to aid research and development

Birds of a Feather Meetings (BOFs), which will offer opportunities for like-minded bio-IT professionals to take part in informal discussions about hot topics in the industry

IDC Symposium hosted by Debra Goldfarb, group vice president of Worldwide Server Research at IDC, who will give a state of the market address on the convergence of biology and IT

IBM Symposium moderated by Dr. Sharon Nunes, director of solutions development for IBM Life Sciences, with panelists from CuraGen, NetGenics and LabBook offering insight on building IT infrastructure for a life sciences organization

The BioITWorld conference program will feature additional presentations and panel discussions involving leading visionaries from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academic and government markets. Conference sessions will address the most pressing needs of bioscience professionals looking for IT solutions, as well as those of IT professionals looking to better understand the bioscience industry's IT requirements. Half-day workshops will also cover a range of specific topics, including "Integrated Visual and Analytic Data Mining," "Attracting Seed Capital," and "Building Linux Clusters for Bioinformatics Customers."

Exhibitors at BioITWorld will have the opportunity to present their innovative products and services to a high-level audience. Early analysis of pre-registered attendees indicates that nearly sixty percent of those who plan to attend BioITWorld approve or recommend products for purchase. CEOs, CTOs and CIOs will constitute nearly 30 percent of all attendees, while nearly 35 percent are expected to be IT directors and managers from life sciences organizations. Nearly 25 percent of attendees are expected to be research and senior scientists.

"BioITWorld is poised to offer the first all-in-one marketplace for the emerging bio-IT industry," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "Not only will attendees have the opportunity to learn about the latest in IT for the life sciences in our conference program, but they can also comparison-shop for the best technology solutions on the show floor. Perhaps most importantly, BioITWorld will bring together all of the diverse audiences involved in this new market, offering numerous opportunities for networking and peer-to-peer learning."

IDC estimates that IT infrastructure spending in the biosciences market is expected to grow from $9.2 billion in 2000 to more than $28 billion in 2005. BioITWorld was specially designed for life sciences professionals looking to evaluate and understand the advanced IT solutions and bioinformatics that help revolutionize our health, our environment and our society.

Exhibiting companies showcasing new IT products for life sciences include:

NuGenesis Technologies (Booth 839) will showcase its Application-independent NuGenesis® Scientific Data Management System (SDMS), which captures, unifies, catalogs and stores raw laboratory data and electronic files so they can be managed, shared and reused

SemanTx Life Sciences, Inc. (Booth 661) will introduce its Semantic Knowledge Assembly and Retrieval Engine that inter-relates the detailed semantic meaning being expressed within all of a drug discovery organization's information assets

SciTegic, Inc. (Booth 627) will showcase Pipeline Pilot software for Drug discovery informatics; a preview of the newest features to be released in version 2.0 will be used to demonstrate the value their data pipelining approach provides in analysis and processing of research data

To register for BioITWorld Conference & Expo or to obtain information about exhibiting, visit

About BioITWorld

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

For More Information

For more information on BioITWorld 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.

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 and COMNET Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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