Dr. Francis S. Collins, Dr. Stephen H. Friend and Dr. Caroline A. Kovac to Keynote at Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo in Boston

FRAMINGHAM, MA – DECEMBER 10, 2002 – Keynoters will share visions for the future in the post-genomicera IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, today announced the keynote line-up for the upcoming Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo, taking place at Boston's Hynes Convention Center March 25-27, 2003. Bio-ITWorld, the only event exclusively focused on technology tools for the life sciences, will feature keynotes from the industry's most respected experts sharing their perspectives and visions for the future. Keynoters will include 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.


Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo is returning to Boston in a larger facility following its launch at the World Trade Center Boston in March 2002, and its successful West Coast debut in San Diego in November 2002. Bio-ITWorld's audience of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academic, government and life science professionals will learn how technology tools for the life sciences can drive efficiencies, create opportunities and increase profitability within pharmaceutical and biotechnology organizations.

Dr. Collins will kick off the event with his opening keynote on Wednesday, March 26. His presentation entitled, "DNA at 50: You're Not Getting Older, You're Getting Better" will recognize the 50th anniversary of Watson and Crick's publication of the double helical structure of DNA and explore the future of genome research. Dr. Collins will look at the promise of genome research in clinical medicine, as well as its continued ethical, legal and social implications.

Dr. Kovac's keynote on Wednesday, March 26 will examine information-based medicine, ranging from pharmacogenomics and systems biology to molecular diagnostics and presymptomatic testing. Bio-ITWorld attendees will also hear about IT's crucial role in gene array technologies from Dr. Friend on Thursday, March 27.

Keynote speakers will be on hand for small-group Q&A sessions following their presentations. Further information will be posted on the Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo Web site as it becomes available.

"We couldn't ask for a better line-up of keynote speakers than these three highly respected, extraordinary individuals," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO, IDG World Expo. "Bio-ITWorld attendees will benefit from their extensive experience in the industry, gaining valuable knowledge and insight. We're excited to bring such a top-notch program back to Boston in March."

Bio-ITWorld will also feature a symposium presentation by Debra Goldfarb, group vice president of Worldwide Systems and Life Sciences Research at IDC. Goldfarb's presentation, entitled, "The Convergence of IT and Life Sciences: An IDC Outlook on the Market," will examine 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 http://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 and BiometricsWorld Conference & Expo. 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.