Educational Program at Bio-IT World Conference + Expo Focused on How Technology is Advancing Drug Discovery, Clinical Trials and Genomic Medicine Research

FRAMINGHAM, MA – March 1, 2005 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets and Bio-IT World(TM) magazine, today announced that Bio-IT World Conference + Expo(TM) will feature an indispensable conference program – presented by internationally recognized scientists and industry leaders – that details how technology is: shaping the future of drug discovery; transforming the management of clinical trials and data; and advancing and improving ways to diagnose and treat a host of diseases by mining the priceless trove of data in the human genome map. Now in its fourth year, Bio-IT World Conference + Expo will take place May 17-19, 2005 at Boston's Hynes Convention Center.

The Bio-IT World Conference program has become a unique symposium for life science professionals to learn first-hand how the leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology organizations utilize technologies to speed, store, analyze and interpret the flood of information being produced in the post-genomic era. This year's conference focuses not only on the traditional offerings around technology, but also on the utilization of technology and informatics across the entire life sciences R&D value chain, from basic research through clinical trials and regulatory approval.

The Conference features internationally recognized speakers from all life science market segments including drug discovery, drug development and e-clinical trial research. Speakers come from a wide range of companies and institutions such as: Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Biogen, Novartis, Eli Lilly, UK Biobank, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical R&D, IBM, HP, netNumina, Apple, Oracle, Harvard Medical School, National Cancer Institute, {New England Journal of Medicine} and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (The Institute for Genomic Research), among others. Conference tracks include:

— Advances in Genomic Medicine

— IT Solutions for Drug Discovery

— e-Clinical Trials and Research

"We're thrilled with the line-up of speakers and the range of topics at this year's conference program," said Dr. Kevin Davies, Editor-in-Chief of Bio-IT World, and one of the principal architects of the 2005 program. "Over three full days, the conference will provide attendees with the latest technology developments and research breakthroughs on the complete spectrum of topics involved in drug discovery from the search for disease genes to rational drug design, IT infrastructures to monitoring adverse clinical events."

Davies added, "On top of that, we have two outstanding keynotes – human genome mapping pioneer, J. Craig Venter, and World Wide Web inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who will be dynamic attractions for all of our delegates."

Conference Track: Advances in Genomic Medicine

Top scientists from industry and academia will present the latest breakthroughs in a broad spectrum of new technologies and strategies – including pharmacogenomics, proteomics, microarrays, chemical genomics and systems biology – that are shaping the genome era and expediting drug discovery, all building on the sturdy foundation of the human genome sequence.

The featured session in this track will be presented by one of the pioneers in pharmacogenomics, Allen D. Roses, MD, Senior VP of Genetics Research at GlaxoSmithKline. His session is titled, "The Impact of Genetic and Genomic Research on Future Healthcare." 11 other sessions in this track will discuss the challenge and opportunity facing researchers and physicians as they mine the priceless trove of human genome data for improved ways to diagnose and treat a host of diseases.

Conference Track: IT Solutions for Drug Discovery

Sponsored by HP, this conference track will discuss the increasing role of IT and informatics in fueling drug discovery efforts. Advances in supercomputing and informatics continue to play a critical role in research and development as a host of new informatics solutions are finally beginning to deliver tantalizing insights into the behavior of entire networks and cells.

The featured session in this track will be presented by Steve Walker, CIO of UK Biobank – a study of genes, environment and health. The UK Biobank project will be the world's biggest resource for the study of the role of nature and nurture in health and disease. His session is titled, "Systems Development to Support UK Biobank." Experts from big pharma, biotech, and academia will present 17 other sessions in this track that discuss how new algorithms, databases, and architectures are shaping the future of drug discovery.

Conference Track: e-Clinical Trials and Research

Scientists, project managers and clinical staff within industry, government and academia are placing a premium on new e-research technologies to streamline performance, increase efficiency, coordinate patient recruitment and record-keeping, monitor pharmacovigilance, and improve regulatory compliance. This track, organized in conjunction with Ken Getz of CISCRP and Rebecca Kush of CDISC, brings together a superb pool of experts who will share their experiences in planning, integrating, implementing and managing a variety of e-clinical research solutions.

The featured session in this track will be presented by Sylva H. Collins, PhD, VP of advanced clinical systems at Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Her session is titled, "Do What's Possible, Do What You Dare." 9 other sessions in this track will explore critical issues around planning, integrating, implementing and managing a wide variety of eClinical research solutions.

For more information on Bio-IT World Conference + Expo or to register, visit http://www.bio-itworldexpo.com.

About Bio-IT World Conference + Expo

Bio-IT World Conference + Expo is the leading event to demonstrate how technology is transforming the life sciences throughout all discovery and development processes. Bio-IT World Conference + Expo is designed 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-IT World Conference + Expo to learn how the latest tools, services and best practices will help revolutionize our health, our environment and our society. For more information, visit http://www.bio-itworldexpo.com.

About Bio-IT World, Inc.

A business unit of IDG, Bio-IT World, Inc., publishes information across a variety of media to meet the needs of bio-IT, life science, healthcare, pharmaceutical and regulatory professionals. The company's award-winning publication, Bio-IT World, and accompanying website, www.bio-itworld.com , deliver the latest news, analysis and information on the application of technology products and services to enable the life sciences R&D value chain – spanning basic research, drug discovery and development, clinical trials, and regulatory compliance. Additionally, the company's weekly electronic publication, Health-IT World News, cover business, technology and product developments related to healthcare management systems and outcomes-based medicine. Established in September 2001, Bio-IT World, Inc. is headquartered in Framingham, Mass.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (http://www.idgworldexpo.com) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-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(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Bio-IT World Conference + Expo(TM), Wireless Sensing Solutions(TM), Syndicate(TM), RoboBusiness and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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