More BioIT conferences scheduled for Asia-Pacific

By Iain Scott
Friday, 01 March, 2002

The success of a bioinformatics conference in Hong Kong in January has led to the establishment of three similar conferences in the Asia-Pacific region.

Technology media company International Data Group (IDG) said it would expand the conference's presence in Asia by adding additional shows in Taiwan, Singapore and Beijing.

The BioITWorld Conference and Expo will debut in the United States on March 12-14, 2002 at the World Trade Centre in Boston.

Gary Fung, managing director of IDG World Expo Asia, said BioITWorld Hong Kong exceeded the company's expectations.

"The event proved to be an important venue for Asian companies to come together and learn about the latest technologies being used to accelerate, analyse and interpret the flood of information being produced in the life sciences industry," he said.

The Boston BioITWorld conference will be followed by a West Coast BioITWorld event in San Francisco in August.

BioITWorld is currently the only US event to focus specifically on how information technology is transforming the life sciences industry throughout the entire discovery and development processes.

Dr Eric Lander, founder and director of MIT Whitehead Institute Centre for Genome Research, and a contributing author to the human genome-mapping project, will deliver the opening keynote address for the Boston event.

Roy Dunbar, CIO of Eli Lilly, and Michael Capellas, chairman and CEO of Compaq Computer Corporation, will also deliver keynote addresses.

More than 70 IT and life sciences companies will exhibit at the Boston BioITWorld event, including Compaq, CuraGen, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM Life Sciences, Inforonics, NeoCore, Network Appliance, Scimagix and Sun Microsystems.

The next Asian BioITWorld Conference & Expo will take place in Singapore on May 28-29, followed by an event in Beijing on July 2-3, then in Taiwan on July 8-9.

The Hong Kong conference in January attracted more than 3,200 delegates. More than 30 biotechnology, IT and life sciences companies exhibited at the event, including industry leaders such as Bio-Rad, Maxtor, NexMed, RSA Security, 3Com, Applied Biosystems, Kodak and Perkin Elmer.

The event covered topics such as medical technology, drug discovery and development, drug delivery, bioinformatics, genomics, proteomics, bioproduction, agrobiology, probiotics, neutraceuticals, cosmeticeuticals and environmental biology.

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