Successful Bio-IT World Conference + Expo 2005 in Boston Completed – Dates Announced for 2006 Event

FRAMINGHAM, MA – May 24, 2005 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, and Bio-IT World(TM) magazine today announced the successful completion of Bio-IT World Conference + Expo(R), held May 17-19, 2005 at Boston's Hynes Convention Center. Next year's event will take place in Boston March 6-8, 2006 at the Hynes Convention Center.

The event attracted pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academic, government and life science professionals who came to learn how technology tools for the life sciences can drive efficiencies, create opportunities and increase profitability within their organizations. One of the event highlights were keynote addresses from three distinguished visionaries.

During his keynote address, human genome mapping pioneer, J. Craig Venter, discussed his latest endeavor – sequencing the genomes of microbes collected from oceans around the globe. Venter said the planet's seas carry in them an enormous abundance of microbes, with clearly distinct populations of organisms in different geographic regions. Venter's team has sequenced 8.3 million marine sequences, with 1.9 million new genes and 1,800 new species coming from the Sargasso Sea. Venter also described the first stages of a new "air genome project," collecting microbial samples in the atmosphere. These discoveries could open up a new field of "synthetic genomics," engineering new microbial forms for energy production and other targeted functions.

World Wide Web inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, said during his keynote address that the Semantic Web could be the key to unlocking scientific data that is sequestered by disparate applications' formats and organizational limitations, and could allow scientists to harness computations full power. Berners-Lee said the Semantic Web will give scientists and other users unexpected help and serendipitous added value from others' data. He said the Semantic Web seeks to make it easier for data on the Web to be shared and reused by people and applications.

Lawrence Lesko, director of the FDA Office of Clinical Pharmacology and Biopharmaceuticals in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said during his keynote that within the next five years, pharmacogenomics will take stronger hold in medicine, with genetics becoming more key to drug development and providers moving toward a more personalized approach to healthcare. Lesko believes we will see some rapid changes in how genetics is used in healthcare and drug development.

"There's no doubt this was our most satisfying event yet," added Bio-IT World Editor-in-Chief Kevin Davies, Ph.D. "To attract keynotes of the stature of Berners-Lee and Venter is a testament to the importance and critical responsibility our audience has in furthering technology innovation in the life sciences and drug discovery. There is a growing perception for many attendees that this is the one show of the year they can't afford to miss."

Best of Show

Judged by a team of Bio-IT World magazine editors and highly regarded industry experts, the Best of Show award winning products include: Virus Throttling for ProCurve Switch 5300xl series from ProCurve by HP; KDE 2.0 from Inforsense Ltd.; Inform S/W 4.5 from Phase Forward; and Insight Discoverer Extractor from TEMIS. In addition to the Best of Show Awards winners, A Judges' Special Recognition for Innovation was presented to Standard Register for its ExpeData Digital Writing Solution.

"We're extremely pleased with the results of this year's Bio-IT World," said Elizabeth McMahon, event director, IDG World Expo. "The exhibit hall floor was filled with exciting new products, emerging companies and enthusiastic attendees, and the conference program was very well attended. Additionally, the exhibitors were delighted by the quality of the audience at this year's event."

Hundreds of new products were introduced at the event by companies such as BlueArc, BRANE space, CambridgeSoft Corporation, CRF, EMC, GraphLogic, InforSense, Penguin Computing, Thermo Electron, Waters and many others. The event featured an exhibit hall packed with over 90 of the most innovative companies serving the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academic, government and life science industries.

Exhibit floor highlights included partner pavilions by Hewlett-Packard, CDISC and the OLSUG, compelling technology demos in the theater, over 20 poster presentations and an enjoyable opening night networking reception. And nearly 80 conference sessions, workshops and the Venture Forum featured internationally recognized speakers from all life science market segments including drug discovery, drug development and e-clinical trial research.

Sponsors at this year's event included: EMC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft Corporation, Waters, Fujitsu, Standard Register, Afferenz, BlueArc, BraneSpace, Comsys IT Partners, CTG Life Sciences, etrials, Ocimum Biosolutions, Orion Multisystems, Penguin Computing, Phase Forward, Platform Computing, Sun Microsystems and ProCurve Networking by HP.

About Bio-IT World Conference + Expo

Bio-IT World Conference + Expo is the leading event to demonstrate how technology is transforming the life sciences throughout all discovery and development processes. Bio-IT World Conference + Expo is designed for life science professionals looking to evaluate and understand advanced solutions that generate, collect and analyze the flood of information being produced by the life sciences industry. Visionaries from the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, healthcare, academic and government markets convene at Bio-IT World Conference + Expo to learn how the latest tools, services and best practices will help revolutionize our health, our environment and our society. For more information, visit

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. Additionally, the company's 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 World Expo

IDG World Expo ( ) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Bio-IT World Conference + Expo(R), Wireless Sensing Solutions(R), Syndicate(TM), RoboBusiness and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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), Macworld Conference & 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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