Whitehead Institute’s Dr. Eric Lander To Represent Opening Key Note Address at BioITWorld Conference & Expo

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 22, 2001 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, announced today that Eric Lander, PhD, director of the Whitehead Institute/MIT's Center for Genome Research and leading contributor to the Human Genome Project, will present the opening keynote address at BioITWorld Conference & Expo.


The first event of its kind to address the convergence of life sciences and technology, BioITWorld will be launched at Boston's World Trade Center, March 12-14, 2002. BioITWorld visionaries will bring together, for the first time, leading academic and industry scientists to reveal how state-of-the-art bioinformatics technologies are transforming the life sciences throughout the entire discovery and development processes.

The enormous amount of information produced in the life science discovery process is fueling demand for advanced IT solutions and data-intensive analysis. According to industry analyst firm IDC, IT spending within the bioscience market is expected to grow from $4 billion in 2001 to more than $11 billion in 2004. BioITWorld will be the first industry event to educate life science professionals about IT solutions for the entire process of drug discovery and development.

"With biology becoming an increasingly information-based science, it is timely for us to discuss the issues surrounding this space," said Dr. Lander, who is also a Professor of Biology at MIT. "I look forward to an active discussion with my distinguished peers on the exciting future directions of these intersecting fields."

Dr. Lander's opening keynote presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, 2001 at 9 a.m. The BioITWorld conference program will include a series of IT symposia, technology workshops, product and industry award programs, and peer-to-peer networking activities. The event will also feature a Bioinformatics Hands-On Laboratory, an opportunity for attendees to "test drive" IT solutions. In addition, the expo floor will showcase advanced computational technologies as well as special programs for biotech start-ups.

As a Rhodes Scholar and MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship in genetics recipient, Dr. Lander and his research group have developed many of the tools of modern genome research, including genomic maps of the human, mouse and rat genomes. These tools of genetic analyses have been applied to the understanding of cancer, diabetes, hypertension, renal failure, and dwarfism. Dr. Lander was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 1997, the U.S. Institute of Medicine in 1998 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999, and has been awarded numerous prestigious medical prizes including the Rhodes Prize in Cancer and the Woodrow Wilson Prize for Public Service from Princeton University.

Dr. Lander also serves on BioIT World's advisory board, which includes industry leaders Dr. Lee Jensen, Bio.com; Dr. Rainer Fuchs, Biogen; Dr. Jim Golden, CuraGen; Dr. Tony Frudakis, DNAPrint Genomics, Inc.; Dr. George J. Maalouf, Genomix; David Valenta, Hewlett Packard; Dr. Caroline Kovack, IBM Life Sciences; Debra Goldfarb, IDC; Mark Weitner, Parabon Computation; Andrew Kelly, Platform Computing; and Dr. Rich Hamer, Viaken.

According to Inna Kuznetsova, worldwide integrated marketing communications manager at IBM Life Sciences, a BioITWorld exhibitor and Platinum Sponsor, BioITWorld will help the scientists share experience and adopt the best new technologies for the lab, which will result in new drugs in the pipeline faster, as well as help IT vendors to gain insights for designing next-generation technologies for life sciences industries. "By bringing the life sciences research and IT community together," says Ms. Kuznetsova, "BioITWorld sets a new stage for a discussion about utilizing computer technology to turn data into drug discovery."

"We are proud to have the support and guidance of the foremost minds in biotechnology for our premiere BioITWorld Conference & Expo," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "As the first industry event of its kind, this show will bring together the leaders that will shape the future of this emerging sector."

For More Information

For more information on BioITWorld Conference & Expo, please contact Ryan Colby, product manager at (508) 424-4811 or via email at ryan_colby@idg.com. More information is also available by calling (800) 560-7612 or visiting www.bioitworld.com.

About BioITWorld

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

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces world-class tradeshows, conferences, and events for emerging IT markets. 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 and BioITWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo and COMNET Wireless Conference & Expo – both of which feature Enterprise Application Summit and ESPWorld. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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