IDG’s Bio-IT World June Issue Highlights Dramatic Shortage of Bio-IT Professionals

FRAMINGHAN, MA – JUNE 20, 2002 – IDG's Bio-IT World, the first publication to focus on information technology for the life sciences, has released its June issue featuring an in-depth report on the current shortfall of professionals that bridge expertise in information technology (IT) and biology to drive discovery and innovation in the life sciences. The feature, entitled, "Informatics Moves to the Head of the Class," also highlights the numerous steps government and academia are taking to address the problem. The comprehensive report is also featured on


The special report highlights the fact that the shortage of interdisciplinary scientists, those educated in biology as well as computational sciences such as math and computer science, has become so pronounced that many leading universities have begun offering new, degreed programs in bioformatics; government agencies are funding new interdisciplinary training programs; and recruitment firms are reporting that salaries are soaring for candidates with bio-IT skills such as bioinformatics, pharmacogenomics and preclinical computation. In fact, Eric Lander, founder and director of the Whitehead Institute for Genome Research, told an audience at the BioITWorld Conference & Expo in March that "the current shortfall of bioinformaticians could be as much as fiftyfold."

"The emergence of bio-IT is considered by many to be the next frontier for both the technology and scientific communities," said Dr. Kevin Davies, editor in chief, Bio-IT World. "The amount of information produced in genomic, proteomic and bio-related research is fueling enormous demand for advanced IT solutions and data-intensive analysis, and there simply isn't a strong supply of professionals with the necessary skill sets."

More than 40 bio-IT educational programs are featured in the June Bio-IT World report including interdisciplinary programs at the bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postdoctoral levels such as the Bioinformatics Graduate Program at Boston University, the Biomedical Informatics program at Stanford University, and the Computational Molecular Biology Program at Rutgers University. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has also launched a program to foster science curriculum development, including the creation of bioinformatics programs at liberal arts colleges, which are inherently interdisciplinary. While these programs take a broad variety of approaches to produce more bioinformaticians, all are taking a multidisciplinary approach and aim to bridge the scientific and cultural gaps between biology and computer sciences.

Bio-IT World will continue to investigate programs offered by educational institutions and post them throughout the year on the Careers section of its website,

About Bio-IT World, Inc.

A business unit of IDG, Bio-IT World, Inc. provides information products and services to meet the needs of bio-IT professionals focused on strategic IT applications in the life sciences. The company's premiere publication, Bio-IT World, 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.

About IDG

Bio-IT World is a business unit 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 (, 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


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