IDG World Expo and Bio-IT World Magazine Announce ‘Best of Show’ Awards

FRAMINGHAM, MA – SEPTEMBER 12, 2002 – Recognizing excellence in technology products for the life sciences market, IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, and IDG's Bio-IT World, the first publication to focus on technology for the life sciences, today announced details of the BioITWorld Conference & Expo "Best of Show" Awards. This first-of-its-kind awards program will recognize excellence in technology products that enable the life sciences research and development value chain. Awards in five technology categories will spotlight products such as storage management solutions, knowledge management software, server hardware, data analysis tools and gene sequencers.

 

Exhibitors at the upcoming BioITWorld Conference & Expo, taking place November 12-14, 2002 at the San Diego Convention Center, are invited to submit their products and services for the "Best of Show" Awards. An online submission form and additional information are available at http://www.bio-itworld.com/awards/bestofshow/. Submissions are due by October 21, 2002.

"For the first time, companies providing technology solutions for the life sciences have an opportunity to put their products and services to the test in front of the entire industry," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO, IDG World Expo. "Along with Bio-IT World, we've established an awards program that taps into some of the top minds in this new industry to identify exceptional bio-IT innovations."

"Best of Show" Awards will be given in the following five categories: Information Technology Infrastructure; Knowledge Management and Collaboration Applications; Informatics Tools and Data; Supporting Applications; and Life Science Equipment. A panel of judges, led by Bio-IT World's executive editor, John Russell, and including leading business and technology experts, will select up to three finalists in each category prior to the event, and will announce one winner in each category after meeting with the finalists and reviewing their products at the show. Winners will be announced and presented with their awards on November 13.

"These awards are a reflection of our commitment to uncovering the companies and technologies that will help shape the future of the life sciences market," said Dr. Kevin Davies, editor in chief, Bio-IT World. "We are proud to host a program that will help the bio-IT community of technology buyers identify products that can enhance the research and development process in their life sciences organization."

As the Flagship Media Sponsor of BioITWorld Conference & Expo, Bio-IT World's editors will be providing editorial coverage of the "Best of Show" Awards along with live news feeds from the event which will be posted to its website, www.bio-itworld.com. Post-event coverage, including write-ups on the "Best of Show" winners, will be highlighted in a subsequent issue of the magazine. Additional information about the Bio-IT World "Best of Show" Awards and BioITWorld Conference & Expo can be obtained by sending an email to bestofshow@bio-itworld.com, or calling the Awards Hotline at (508) 628-4841.

About BioITWorld Conference & Expo

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.

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

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 professionals. Coverage focuses on the application of technology products and services to enable the life sciences R&D value chain in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, healthcare, government and academic research organizations. The company's premiere publication, Bio-IT World, and accompanying website, www.bio-itworld.com, deliver the latest news, analysis and information on the technology infrastructure and applications driving innovation in the bio-IT community. Established in September 2001, Bio-IT World, Inc. is headquartered in Framingham, Mass.

About IDG

IDG World Expo and Bio-IT World are business units of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company. 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.