Dr. J. Craig Venter to Present Opening Keynote Address at BioITWorld San Diego

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JUNE 25, 2002 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, today announced that Dr. J. Craig Venter will present the opening keynote address at the upcoming BioITWorld Conference & Expo in San Diego. Dr. Venter, the president of The Center for the Advancement of Genomics, his newly formed not-for-profit policy institute, will share his insights on the role of information technology in the advancement of life sciences research with BioITWorld's audience of academic, pharmaceutical and biotechnology professionals.


Dr. Venter's keynote address at BioITWorld Conference & Expo will take place at 9:00 a.m. on November 13, 2002 at the San Diego Convention Center.

BioITWorld Conference & Expo, the largest event to demonstrate how information technology is transforming the life sciences throughout all discovery and development processes, will take place November 12-14, 2002 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Dr. Venter played a leading role in the sequencing and analyzing of the human genome, and is also credited with decoding the genetic sequences of many other organisms. His research has provided important new insights into the genetic relationship between species, as well as human evolution. As founder and president of Celera Genomics, Dr. Venter helped speed the sequencing of the human genome by harnessing technological advances in computing and mathematical algorithms along with new automated DNA sequencers.

"Dr. Venter is one of the world's foremost authorities on genetic research, and can offer considerable insight on the burgeoning field of bio-IT," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO, IDG World Expo. "We are witnessing a transformation in the life sciences, as IT solutions to help speed research and discovery continue to emerge. Dr. Venter's keynote address at the upcoming event will help shed light on the value of IT in life sciences research, and I'm certain that BioITWorld's attendees will find his keynote both educational and enlightening."

Leading visionaries from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academic and government markets will gather at BioITWorld Conference & Expo in San Diego to identify and learn about the latest IT solutions for life sciences. According to a recent study by the Brookings Institution, San Diego is one of the nation's largest biotechnology centers, with more than 31 biotechnology firms with 100 or more employees. Having attracted $1.5 billion in venture capital and $1.6 billion in alliance funding over the past decade, San Diego has the fastest growing biotechnology community in the country.

For more information on the upcoming BioITWorld Conference & Expo, visit http://www.bioitworldexpo.com.

About BioITWorld

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

For More Information

For more information on BioITWorld 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, 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.

About IDG

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