IDG’s BIO-IT World Announces Winners of Its 2004 Best Practices Awards

Bio-IT World magazine today announced the winners of its second annual Best Practices Awards program. Grand Prize winners within five life sciences awards categories include Iconix Pharmaceuticals, Baylor College of Medicine's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology Core Lab, SurroMed, Endo Pharmaceuticals and Roche Diagnostics Corp. These organizations were recognized for their noteworthy innovations and results in the research, development and manufacture of bio-IT-enabled therapeutics and diagnostics, as well as the underlying business strategies that support them. In addition, this year's recipient of the President's Award is Dr. Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., for a decade of dedicated leadership of the Human Genome Project which inspired a host of new, innovative bio-IT technologies in widespread use today.

Bio-IT World's Best Practices Awards ceremony was held last night at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Key industry luminaries attended the ceremony, which featured keynote speeches by Dr. Carl C. Peck, M.D., professor of pharmacology and medicine and director of the Center for Drug Development Science, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington D.C.; and Dr. Sylva Collins, vice president, Global Electronic Data Management, Novartis.

Alan Bergstein, president and publisher of Bio-IT World, Inc. presented the 2004 President's Award to Dr. Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. in recognition of almost two decades of pioneering research and leadership in the service of genomic medicine. As director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), Collins led the international consortium that completed the Human Genome Project in April 2003. Prior to joining the National Institutes of Health in 1993, he helped build the genetic toolbox that enabled his group and others to discover a host of diseases, including cystic fibrosis and Huntington's disease. Deputy Director, National Human Genome Research Institute, Alan Guttmacher, M.D., attended on behalf of Dr. Collins, who was visible through a video of his acceptance speech, taped earlier.

"Our second annual Best Practices Awards program spotlights the organizations with the most innovative use of life science and information technologies which are streamlining and accelerating the drug discovery research and development process," said Dr. Kevin Davies, editor in chief, Bio-IT World. "Our goal with this event is to foster a peer-to-peer exchange of information in a scientific community that may one day advance the health and wellness of humanity."

A peer-review panel of 10 expert judges reviewed 36 lengthy submissions from organizations ranging from large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to academic institutions, detailing best practices in one of five categories. Grand Prize trophies went to the organizations below within these categories:

— Drug Discovery & Development: Iconix Pharmaceuticals

The organization was recognized for building its product Drug Matrix(R), a large-scale database of expression data. The data are then analyzed through mining and classification techniques which make it possible to predict and characterize the toxicity, target effects and mechanisms of action of candidate drugs.

— IT Infrastructure & Informatics: Baylor Medical College, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology Core Lab

The department was awarded for fully automating its lab operations with a Web-based Laboratory Information Management System, which increases overall data flow, accessibility and processing with a high level of accuracy.

— Knowledge Management & Collaboration: SurroMed

The company created a secure, collaborative research library for sharing analytical results and drug expertise with its customers and partners through the implementation of Spotfire's Guided Analytic Application and platform.

— Regulatory Compliance: Endo Pharmaceuticals

The company applied a submission management solution to current processes to improve visibility, manage issues and develop process metrics. The results demonstrated how access to new process data provides flexibility and supports significant performance improvements throughout the organization.

— Clinical Research & Trials: Roche Diagnostics Corp.

Through the use of 'virtual' patients, the organization determined biomarkers of insulin sensitivity and identified both fasted and fed biomarkers, which had higher coefficients of determination, sensitivity and specificity than previously published biomarkers.

Honorable recognition also went to the following organizations in key categories:

— Best Application of New Technology: Laboratorie Kastler Brossel, France

— Best Platform: Locus Pharmaceuticals

— Best Informatics Application: Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago

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 peer review 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 past two years. For information on Bio-IT World's 2004 Best Practices Awards, please email The August issue of Bio-IT World will include feature editorial on Best Practices, highlighting award winners, profiling entrants, event coverage and the enabling technologies used by the many companies.

The 2004 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:

— Sylva Collins, vice president, Global Electronic Data Management, Novartis

— Stephen Fogelson, director, clinical research, Clinquest

— Jim Golden, vice president, research, IDC Life Sciences Insights

— Jim Hall, president, Life Sciences Group, Wood Mackenzie

— Stan Kachnowski, professor of health IT management, Mailman School of Public Health

— Rudy Potenzone, senior vice president of business development & strategic planning, Ingenuity Systems

— Christian Reich, associate director, Millennium Pharmaceuticals

— Jerry Schindler, vice president, biostats & clinical information systems, Wyeth Research

— Bill Van Etten, founding partner & principal investigator, the BioTeam

— Ronald Waif, president, Waif & Associates


Sponsors underwriting the 2004 Best Practices Awards included IBM Life Sciences; Equilibria; Target Health Inc.; TurboWorx; and etrials.

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,, 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. The company's digital magazine, Health-IT World, and twice-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

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), MacworldConference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at

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