IDG’s Bio-IT World Publishes First Buyer’s Guide Focused on Information Technology and Informatics for the Life Sciences

FRAMINGHAM, MA – SEPTEMBER 18, 2002 – IDG's Bio-IT World, the first publication to focus on technology for the life sciences, announced publication of its "Information Technology + Informatics Buyer's Guide for the Life Sciences," available today online and in print. The Buyer's Guide accompanies the September issue of Bio-IT World and features in-depth information on more than 800 products and services comprising the most important information technologies and services needed by the life sciences community. Life sciences is the fastest growing market for IT infrastructure, with $40 billion in spending projected by 2006 for IT and informatics, according to IDC. The online edition of the Buyer's Guide, available at, is fully searchable and will be kept up to date, with new categories and new listings continuously added throughout the year.


"Bio-IT professionals continue to be faced with daunting purchase decisions regarding technology investments in a relatively new, but increasingly competitive vendor landscape," said Dr. Kevin Davies, editor in chief, Bio-IT World. "The goal of Bio-IT World's Buyer's Guide is to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date and trustworthy resource for buyers that enables knowledgeable purchase decisions."

This first-of-its kind Buyer's Guide spans 14 technology categories and features more than 300 companies and editorially selected listings of more than 800 of their products and services. Technology tutorials are included in the front of each of the 14 sections, and special criteria are offered to assist buyers with their purchase decisions, including vendor expertise and experience in life sciences, as well as information on partners, customers and comparative features and pricing. The Bio-IT World Buyer's Guide online is also differentiated by enabling vendors to update their listings throughout the year. Online users can conduct category, key word and custom searches, and can rate vendors in overall value, support, quality and features, as well as request that a specific vendor contact them directly.

Technology categories featured in the September Information Technology + Informatics Buyer's Guide include Storage and Storage Management; High Performance Computing; Distributed Computing; Database and Database Management; Security Tools; Network Service Providers; Collaboration and Knowledge Management; Regulatory Compliance and Project Management; IT, Business and Legal Services; Clinical Tools; Bioinformatics/Cheminformatics; Data Mining for Drug Discovery; and Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS).

"The computing and informatics issues shaping research and development in life sciences organizations are growing and changing at an unprecedented rate, so it is critical for bio-IT buyers to stay on top of the technology vendors whose products and services can make a real impact on the research and development value chain," said Alan Bergstein, senior vice president and publisher of Bio-IT World. "The Bio-IT World IT + Informatics Buyer's Guide provides a unique service by providing an interactive connection between buyers and sellers."

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