IDG’s Bio-IT World Announces Best Practices Award Winners; Baylor College of Medicine, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Solutia Pharmaceutical Services Take Top Honors

FRAMINGHAM, MA -JUNE 24, 2003 – Bio-IT World magazine today announced the winners of its inaugural Best Practices Awards program. Grand Prize winners Baylor College of Medicine, Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Solutia Pharmaceutical Services were among the organizations recognized for their innovative use of life science and information technologies aimed at streamlining and accelerating the drug discovery research and development process. Visit for more details on the Best Practices Awards and ceremony. Additionally, the July issue of Bio-IT World will include a Strategic Insights report on Best Practices, highlighting award winners and profiling entrants.

Bio-IT World's Best Practices Awards ceremony was held last night at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Nearly 150 industry luminaries attended the ceremony, which featured keynote speeches by Dr. Steven Galson, deputy director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the FDA; Kathy Ordonez, president, Celera Genomics; and Caroline Kovac, general manager, IBM Life Sciences. This first-of-its-kind awards program was designed to recognize research and development teams within life sciences organizations for outstanding efforts in bio-IT-enabled research and development of therapeutics and diagnostics.

"Our goal with this awards program was to spotlight the most outstanding innovations, technologies and methodologies impacting the drug discovery pipeline, and identify best practices that could help expedite the search for, and validation of, new drugs – saving time, money, and ultimately lives," said Dr. Kevin Davies, editor in chief, Bio-IT World. "Entries for this inaugural competition featured a striking range of technologies, from essential practices inherent to any bio-IT or life sciences organization, such as document management and data mining, to more esoteric fields such as microarray validation and in silico modeling."

A peer-review panel of 10 expert judges reviewed 50 submissions from organizations ranging from large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to academic institutions, detailing best practices in one of three categories: Discovery and Development, Clinical Trials, and Drug Manufacturing. As a result, Bio-IT World presented 10 awards, including three Grand Prize trophies to the following organizations:

Solutia Pharmaceutical Services (Drug Manufacturing): Fully integrated API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient) project management system to monitor utilization of human, capital and material resources

Baylor College of Medicine (Clinical Trials): Development of paperless Institutional Review Board (IRB) procedures with BRAIN (Biomedical Research and Information Network), saving time and expanding collaborations

Millennium Pharmaceuticals (Discovery and Development): Development of PARIS (Pathway Resource Information System), a computational application produced with InGenuity for microarray and other high-throughput data, which has become a central component in the development of Velcade and other drugs

Additional winners highlighted during the ceremony included industry-leading organizations in the following categories:

Discovery and Development:

Best Overall Platform: Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Best Implementation in an Emerging Field (biosimulation): Pfizer, Inc.

Best Application of New Technology (whole genome sequencing): Perlegen Sciences

Clinical Trials:

Best Overall Platform: Wyeth

Best Application of New Technology: Pharmacia Corp. (acquired by Pfizer, Inc.)

Best Protocol Management: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

In recognition of the outstanding quality of entries in the Discovery and Development category, Bio-IT World editors created a special Editors' Prize, "Best Start-Up," which was awarded to Infinity Pharmaceuticals for developing DAD, the InfiNet Discovery Analyzer Dashboard, which marries chemical and biological data.

Criteria and Judging

Awards finalists and winners were selected for their innovative utilization of bio-IT, including life science equipment, informatics and information technology, on a project or organizational level to achieve significantly improved results (i.e. improvements in productivity or conceptual breakthroughs in scientific understanding or process methodology). The judges applied several criteria to make their decisions, such as innovation and industry impact. Entries were accepted from R&D and scientific facilities and labs in pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies, academia, government, medical or related institutions and organizations as well as public and private research labs. Recognition was given for work completed within the last two years. For information on Bio-IT World's 2004 Best Practices Awards, please email

The 2003 Best Practices Awards were organized by Bio-IT World editors, including Executive Editor John Russell, Special Projects Editor Tony Strattner, Senior Informatics Editor Malorye Branca, and Editor in Chief Kevin Davies. Joining them in judging the entries was a distinguished panel of experts, including:

Scott Kahn, chief science officer of Worldwide Operations, Accelrys;

Jim Golden, business development manager, 454 Corp.;

Jerald Schindler, assistant vice president of Biostatistics and Clinical Information Systems, Wyeth Research;

John Reynders, vice president, Information Systems, Celera Genomics;

Michael Pavia, chief technology officer, Cantata Pharmaceuticals and entrepreneur in residence, Oxford Bioscience Partners;

Mick Savage, consultant and former president and CEO, Molecular Simulations;

Seth Pinsky, senior vice president, MDL Information Systems;

Stan Kachnowski, professor of Health Information Technology Management, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University;

Stephen Fogelson, director of clinical research, Clinquest, Inc.;

Jim Hall, head of the life science practice, PA Consulting Group; and

Leon Heredia, lead life science consultant, Stelex-SVG.


Sponsors underwriting the 2003 Best Practices Awards included IBM Life Sciences; Equilibria; Aegis Analytical Corporation; CimQuest, Inc.; The Audit Repository Center; Cap Gemini Ernst & Young; and The Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO).

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, spanning basic research, drug discovery and development, clinical trials, and regulatory compliance. The company's premier publication, Bio-IT World – recently awarded two Jesse H. Neal Awards for Editorial Excellence by American Business Media, and named "Startup of the Year" by B2B magazine – and accompanying website,, 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.

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