IDG’s Bio-IT World Announces Powerful Additions To Editorial Team

BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 5, 2002 – Further strengthening its editorial and design teams, Bio-IT World, Inc., IDG's new business unit established to support the rapidly emerging technology information needs of the life sciences market, today announced the appointment of six senior editorial staff members to its new publication, Bio-IT World. John Russell has been appointed as executive editor and John Dodge as executive editor for information technology. In addition to the executive editors, Bio-IT World has named Malorye Branca as senior editor for informatics; Salvatore Salamone as senior technology editor; Mark Grabenya as art director and Catherine Varmazis as web editor.


"These exciting editorial appointments are essential elements to the success of Bio-IT World," said Editor in Chief Kevin Davies. "With renowned executive editors, highly knowledgeable senior editors, talented art director and web editor, Bio-IT World now has in place a senior editorial team with incomparable experience in both the scientific and information technology markets, uniquely capable of addressing the diverse information needs of the bio-IT community."

Scheduled to debut at IDG World Expo's BioITWorld Conference & Expo in Boston, March 12-14, 2002, Bio-IT World is the first publication devoted exclusively to providing timely information on advancements in information technology which accelerate research and development in the life sciences, including the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, biochemical, healthcare and agricultural industries.

Renowned Technology Journalist John Dodge Joins Bio-IT World as Executive Editor/IT

John Dodge joins Bio-IT World from Ziff Davis Media, where he spent nearly 20 years in top editorial and management positions. Most recently he was editor-at-large at eWeek and vice president of news for Ziff Davis, where he coordinated all of the technology news across the company's websites. Dodge was also a weekly e-business columnist for the Wall Street Journal online, author of a bi-weekly technology column for the Boston Globe, and a contributor to a technology column for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He has appeared on CBS MarketWatch, CNN, Bloomberg, ABC's World News Tonight and other major broadcast outlets around the country. Dodge has also been honored five times by Technology Marketing as one of the 25 most influential computer technology journalists in the country.

John Russell Joins Bio-IT World as Executive Editor

John Russell has extensive publishing experience and broad knowledge of the science and technology industries. He has held editorial management positions with IDG, where he served as editor-in-chief of Solutions Integrator magazine and at Cahners Publishing as associate publisher of Reseller Management magazine, editor-in-chief of Electronics Purchasing magazine, and editor of EDN News Edition. Most recently, he was an independent media consultant working with Bio-IT World. Russell holds degrees from Northeastern University in biology and journalism.

Additional Appointments to Bio-IT World's Senior Editorial Team

Malorye Branca, senior editor for informatics, brings extensive experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and genomics fields to Bio-IT World. She is currently the vice president of publications at Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI) and will continue to be associated with CHI, developing and overseeing the production of strategic reports on business and technological issues relating to genomics and bioinformatics. Prior to that, Branca was vice president of life sciences at Decision Resources, Inc., where she managed Spectrum Life Sciences, an advisory publication service.

Salvatore Salamone, senior technology editor, comes to Bio-IT World with fifteen years of experience as a highly respected information technology writer, editor and author. In addition to contributing to publications such as Tech Republic and, Salamone has served as editor-at-large for Internet Week, where he covered news of network hardware and remote access; senior editor at LAN Times; news editor at BYTE Magazine; internetworking editor at Data Communications magazine, and features editor at Network World. Salamone is the founder of the Internet Week VPN Alliance, an educational group which serves as a resource for IT managers interested in virtual private networking, and is the author of three books in the networking field. He holds a master's degree in physics from Boston College.

Mark Gabrenya, art director, is a seasoned graphics professional with strong operational and creative expertise in magazine and newspaper publishing. Gabrenya recently served as art director at Access Media, where he provided creative direction for a weekly magazine focused on the Internet and personal computing.

Catherine Varmazis, web editor, brings to Bio-IT World more than a decade of experience as an editor, writer and web editor. She has held managing editor positions at several PennWell magazines, including Supply Strategy, Computer Graphics World, and Cabling Installation & Maintenance. Varmazis has launched and managed web sites for PennWell and TechTarget.

The Bio-IT World Publication

The premiere issue of Bio-IT World debuts with an initial controlled circulation of 25,000. The publication's mission is to provide quality, focused editorial information which enhances scientific research, the R&D process and the business success of the biotech and pharmaceutical industries through the effective utilization of bioinformatics and related applications of information technology in the life sciences. Bio-IT World will serve professionals in the life sciences who are involved in bioinformatics, drug discovery and development, genomics, proteomics, and related disciplines in industry, government and academia.

About Bio-IT World, Inc.

Headquartered in Framingham, MA, Bio-IT World, Inc., provides information products and services to meet the needs of bio-IT professionals focused on the strategic application of information technology in the life sciences. The company's premiere publication, Bio-IT World, and accompanying website will 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 an IDG company.

About International Data Group

Headquartered in Boston, International Data Group (IDG) informs more people worldwide about information technology than any other company. With annual revenues of $3.01 billion, IDG is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and events. IDG publishes more than 300 newspapers and magazines in 85 countries, led by the Computerworld /InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PC World, and CIO global product lines. IDG offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, a gateway to IDG's 330 websites powered by more than 2,000 journalists reporting from every continent in the world. IDG also produces 168 technology-related events including IDG World Expo's Macworld Conference & Expo and the new BioITWorld Conference & Expo. Research company IDC provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at