Technology Solutions for the Life Sciences Take Center Stage At BioITWorld Conference & EXPO

SAN DIEGO, CA – NOVEMBER 5, 2002 – DG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, today announced that next week's BioITWorld Conference & Expo will showcase new technology products and services from scores of companies developing solutions for the life sciences. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology professionals at BioITWorld will have the opportunity to explore technology designed specifically for their needs, including storage, data analysis, and knowledge management solutions.


BioITWorld Conference & Expo is the only event exclusively focused on technology tools for the life sciences, providing guidance on how these tools drive efficiences and profitability within pharmaceutical and biotechnology organizations. The event will make its West Coast debut at the San Diego Convention Center, November 12-14, 2002. The exhibit floor opens November 13.

New Products

Exhibitors showcasing new products at BioITWorld Conference & Expo include the following:

Accelrys Inc. (booth 119) will feature the latest additions to its Discovery Studio family of software products, including DS Modeling, a life science molecular modeling and simulation research environment for PCs, and DS SeqStore, which manages, analyzes and visualizes genomic and proteomic sequence data

Acom, Inc. (booth 621) will showcase Securit-e-Doc(TM) 3.0, a server-based software security product that helps healthcare facilities become HIPAA compliant for the transport, storage and management of files or messages over the open Internet, with no client-side software other than a Web browser

geneticXchange (booth 605) will introduce discoveryBuilder, a powerful query building interface for scientists conducting drug research, which allows users to create and run their own ad-hoc queries and link workflows graphically against complex, heterogeneous sources

Humon (booth 332) will introduce Geneassist 1.0, a powerful integration tool for hospitals and genetic clinics to provide the highest level of care for patients by linking genetic findings to existing clinical data

InforMax, Inc. (booth 429) will showcase Vector PathBlazer, which provides a unique capability enabling researchers to build, visualize and analyze biological pathways using metabolic and protein-protein interaction data from multiple sources, for the discovery of novel biological connections

Linux NetworX (booth 526) will feature the Evolocity(TM) Life Sciences Cluster, a supercomputer designed specifically for bioinformatic and genomic researchers, which offers improved performance over traditional supercomputer platforms at a significantly better price/performance ratio

Medidata Solutions (booth 132) will showcase 4sight, an industry leading electronic data capture (EDC) product designed solely for Phase IV clinical trials and registries

MolSoft (booth 625) will showcase ICM 3.0, an integrated, multiplatform suite of software products for bioinformatics, homology modeling, compound screening, flexible docking, protein design and visualization

Personal Chemistry (booth 327) will showcase Emrys PathFinder, a knowledge-based product that enables medicinal chemists to use microwave-assisted synthesis

Ross Systems (booth 609) will launch iRenaissance Validator, an integrated Web-based application for streamlining the validation of materials management, quality control and formula-based manufacturing systems

SciTegic, Inc. (booth 518) will introduce Pipeline Pilot version 2.5, an update to the company's software system that allows researchers to define and automate complex analysis and processing operations on large data sets in real time

Strand Genomics (booth 130) will introduce its end-to-end microarray suite, comprised of Soochika, a data analysis, mining and knowledge management product; Sarani, its oligo probe design software; and Chitraka, a microarray image analysis product

BioITWorld Venture Summit

The industry's newest start-ups will also enjoy the spotlight as they present their business plans at the BioITWorld Venture Summit, hosted by Ernst & Young and IDG Ventures. The Summit offers an opportunity for emerging life science technology companies and venture capitalists to engage each other in an environment that encourages education and networking. This one-day event, taking place on November 13, will include industry perspectives presented by Ernst & Young and IDG Ventures, as well as business plan presentations from pre-selected early stage companies, including Avaki Corporation, Blackstone Computing, Bright Cluster, Callida Genomics, Coprindm, Gene Network Services, geneticXchange, Inc., Incellico and Predix Pharmaceuticals.

Best of Show Awards

The event's top products will be recognized in the first BioITWorld Conference & Expo "Best of Show" Awards, presented in conjunction with Bio-ITWorld magazine. The awards will identify exceptional bio-IT innovations in four technology categories, including Information Technology Infrastructure, Knowledge Management & Collaboration Applications, Informatics Tools & Data and Supporting Applications. Finalists in each of the four categories will be named prior to the event, and winners will be announced in a ceremony taking place the evening of November 13.

Keynotes & Symposia

Attendees will also learn from the top minds in the industry during BioITWorld's full schedule of keynotes, symposia and conference sessions. Highlights include:

"Advancing the Revolution: The Role of Supercomputing and Bioinformatics in Genomics," presented by Dr. J. Craig Venter, president of The Center for the Advancement of Genomics; November 13 at 9 a.m.

"The Unique IT Needs of the Life Sciences Community," presented by Howard Asher, director of Global Life Sciences at Sun Microsystems, Inc.; November 14 at 9 a.m.

"IDC's State of the Marketplace on the Convergence of Biology and IT," presented by Debra Goldfarb, group vice president of Worldwide Systems and Life Sciences Research at IDC; November 13 at 2:15 p.m.

"Organization and Governance of Life Science Informatics – Ingredients for Success," a panel discussion chaired by Dr. Rainer Fuchs, vice president of Research Informatics at Biogen, Inc., with panelists from Accenture, Roche, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Aventis and Bristol-Myers Squibb; November 14 at 11 a.m.

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About BioITWorld Conference & Expo

BioITWorld Conference & Expo (, produced by IDG World Expo, is the largest event to demonstrate how information technology is transforming the life sciences throughout all discovery and development processes. IDG World Expo designed BioITWorld for life science professionals looking to evaluate and understand advanced IT solutions and bioinformatics that speed, store, analyze and interpret the flood of information being produced by the life sciences industry. Visionaries from the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, academic and government markets will convene at BioITWorld to learn how the latest tools, services and training will help revolutionize our health, our environment and our society.

For more information on BioITWorld Conference & Expo please contact Ryan Colby, Product Manager at (508) 424-4811 or via email at More information is also available by calling (800) 560-7612.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( produces IT-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of IT-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, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, BioITWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, Integrated Security Conference & Expo and BiometricsWorld Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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