IDG’s Bio-IT World Launches e-Learning Curricula to Develop Multidisciplinary Bio-IT Teams

FRAMINGHAM, MA – NOVEMBER 4, 2002 – IDG's Bio-IT World, the first publication to focus on technology for the life sciences, today announced the availability of comprehensive scientific e-learning curricula aimed at the growing number of life sciences and technology companies faced with the critical business need to invest in, and develop, multidisciplinary bio-IT teams. Bio-IT World has partnered with GeneEd, the leading provider of advanced e-learning solutions for the life sciences industry, to launch this comprehensive online educational program which is appropriate for IT professionals looking to gain a better understanding of basic scientific topics, as well as scientists with advanced degrees seeking exposure to additional life sciences disciplines. To preview the Bio-IT World/GeneEd Biopharmaceutical Technology Curricula, or to enroll, visit


GeneEd offers the industry's most comprehensive scientific e-learning curricula for successfully training scientific, information technology, manufacturing and product development personnel on the critical technologies used for drug discovery and development. The need for multidisciplinary training in today's life sciences organizations is well documented, and is often viewed by industry leaders as one of the barriers to rapid growth in the bio-IT sector.

"Based on reader surveys and inquiries to our online Career Center, we are clearly addressing a significant need in the industry by partnering with GeneEd on this important e-learning initiative," said Dr. Morris Levitt, president and CEO, Bio-IT World, Inc. "GeneEd has an excellent track record in providing the core training and expertise to professionals looking to take advantage of expanding career opportunities in the life sciences industry. We look forward to expanding our e-learning initiatives over the long term, and becoming a primary conduit for e-learning in the bio-IT industry."

For thousands of IT professionals who want exposure to basic scientific topics, or those professionals with advanced scientific degrees who are seeking access to higher-level course work in relevant new life sciences technologies, the Bio-IT World/GeneEd accredited e-learning curricula provide the ability to complete the curriculum that's right for them, when and where it's most convenient. Until now, there has been limited access to professional online training programs that address the growing need to develop a skilled workforce with a strong blend of applicable life sciences and technology backgrounds.

The Bio-IT World/GeneEd Biopharmaceutical Technology Curricula offer entry-level courses on topics including Human Gene Therapy, Bioinformatics, Genomics, and Computer-Assisted Drug Design, as well as advanced courses on SNPs, Microarrays, and Molecular Biology. GeneEd is a CME-accredited provider with Category I Accreditation from the California Medical Association, courses are currently available in English and Japanese. Additional benefits of this e-learning program include 24×7 access, full transcripts, related industry links, comprehensive glossary and e-Tutor support.

"We've worked diligently to create comprehensive life sciences curricula that address real needs within organizations that are facing business challenges due to the lack of skilled bio-IT professionals," said Dr. Salil Patel, chief science officer, GeneEd. "Bio-IT World is a trusted brand with a significant reach in the bio-IT community, and an ideal partner to help reach industry professionals who may otherwise not be able to access the resources they need to expand their skills and advance their careers."

Additional courses and expanded topics that focus on Therapeutic Area training and Life Science Regulatory and Compliance (GxP) training will be available in the coming months. Corporate, academic and volume discounts are also available. For more information about Bio-IT World/GeneEd e-learning curricula, contact Diane Lieberman, VP Marketing, Bio-IT World, at 508-628-4805, or email For more information on Bio-IT World's comprehensive career resources, including career counseling and listings of additional bio-IT professional resources, visit the Bio-IT World Career Center at

About GeneEd

GeneEd, Inc. was founded in 1997 to provide life science and healthcare e-learning solutions for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, instrument and medical device, and hospital/HMO industries. GeneEd's Life Science industry customers include AstraZeneca, Pfizer, the ALZA division of Johnson & Johnson, Celera, Bio-Rad, and IBM Life Sciences, amongst many others. ( GeneEd utilizes the best life science content, combined with advanced e-learning development technology, to rapidly create basic and advanced curricula in the areas of genomics, therapeutic area training (for clinical research, product development, and sales and marketing teams), computer assisted drug design, drug discovery and development, pharmacogenomics and clinical genomics, bioinformatics and microarray informatics, and therapeutic and diagnostic products. GeneEd, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in San Francisco, California. Visit for additional information about GeneEd and its courseware.

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,, 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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