Visionaries Share Valuable Insights at Inaugural BioITWorld & MedPharma World Singapore

SINGAPORE – MAY 29, 2002 – IDG World Expo Asia, the leading producer of worldclass tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets kicked off today with its BioITWorld & MedPharma World Conference & Expo at Suntec Singapore. The event includes a 2-day conference and showcase featuring latest technologies and innovations, bioinformatics and computational solutions tailored to life sciences. More than 200 delegates comprising of scientists, researchers, and senior level executives from the research institutions, hospitals, pharmaceuticals, medical industry convene at this inaugural conference to address many the issues revolving around the convergence of the IT and Life Sciences.

 

BioITWorld is the first event of its kind to address the convergence of life sciences and technology, bringing together scientific and IT industry leaders to examine how technology is transforming the life sciences industry throughout the entire discovery and development process. Held alongside BioITWorld is MedPharma World. The MedPharma track focuses on the latest discoveries and developments on medical and pharmaceutical related research, innovative treatment technologies, advanced medical and therapeutic equipments, new drug manufacturing techniques etc. It also explores investment and business strategies for funding bio-research and drug development projects.

"The enormous amount of data produced in bio-related research is fueling demand for advanced IT solutions and data-intensive analysis across many different industries. We are pleased to be the organiser for BioITWorld as the event presents an alternative for life science researchers and executives searching for solutions at traditional scientific events." said Derrick Tan, General Manager of IDG World Expo South East Asia.

Amongst the delegates, Chan Kah Choon, General Manager for National Computer Sysems ( Government, Healthcare and Education ), found the event to be " certainly an excellent forum to learn about the latest developments in Bioinformatics , and for our company especially, a great opportunity for networking with players in the industry."

Tan Chee Peng , Deputy President at Stratech Systems said that the conference " was a place to learn how the technology could be applied " and added , " I got the opportunity to meet some potential business partners and clients."

Conference Highlights

Keynote speakers includes some of the most prominent names in life sciences and IT, including Dr George Lake, leading professor from Institute of Systems Biology, A/P Kenneth Ong & A/P Daniel Tan from BioMed Grid Task Force; Philip Fersht, Director, BioIT and Life Sciences, Mr Arjun Bedi, Partner, Global Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products, Accenture; Elia Stupka, IMCB, Dr. Judy Lim, PeridotHealth; Lionel Binns, Worldwide Life Sciences Manager, HP; Christian Morales, VP, Sales & Marketing, Intel amongst others.

The conference kicked off today with an opening speech from Dr George Lake.

Showcase Highlights

Apart from the two-day conference, there is an attractive showcase by leading industry players, of the newest products and solutions available in the market. The showcase provides

Exhibiting companies showcasing products and services for life sciences includes Intel, Hewlett Packard, EMC, CRAY, ECMS, Invitrogen, Lilly Systems, TNT Worldwide, 1-Net, i-STT amongst others

BioITWorld & MedPharma World will return to Singapore again in April 2003. For more information, visit http://www.bioitworldexpo.com.sg

About IDG World Expo (Asia) Limited

IDG World Expo Asia, a business unit of IDG is a major organizer of IT trade shows, conferences and events, and a leading provider of event marketing and integrated communication services. IDG publishes more than 300 computer magazines and newspapers in 85 countries, and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific websites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 300 Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and research arm IDC provides industry research and analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. For more information of IDG World Expo Asia, please visit www.idgexpoasia.com.