Best of Show Awards Winners Named at Bio-IT World Conference & Expo

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Products from Aspera, CLC Bio, Maxis IT and Rescentris recognized for their innovation across the life sciences research, discovery, and clinical trials process.

CHI's Bio-IT World Conference & Expo today announced that products from four biotech companies were named Best of Show Awards winners at a ceremony held Tuesday, April 28th at the World Trade Center Boston during the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo: The winning products include Aspera's Enterprise Server, CLC Bio's Genomics Server, Maxis IT's CT Renaissance™, and Rescentris' Collaborative Electronic Research Framework™

Judged by a team of Bio-IT World magazine editors and highly regarded industry experts, The Best of Show Awards recognize new products that demonstrate exceptional technology innovations across the life sciences research, discovery and clinical trials process.

One company was selected within four technology categories. The following winners were selected from 12 finalists, based on the products' technical merit, functionality and innovation, and in-person presentations to the judges at the show.

  •     IT Infrastructure

Aspera Enterprise Server by Aspera

  •     Informatics Tools & Data

Genomics Server by CLC Bio

  •     Clinical Trials & Research

CT Renaissance™ by Maxis IT

  •     Knowledge Management

Collaborative Electronic Research Framework™ by Rescentris

Best of Show Award Winners
The Aspera Enterprise Server is the industry standard for serving up files, directories and large data sets with unrivaled Aspera performance. Life sciences organizations (such as the NCBI/NIH, European Bioinformatics Institute), media companies, government and defence agencies, and corporations use Aspera Enterprise Server software for the business-critical transport of their digital assets on a daily basis - some of them moving in excess of one terabyte per day over their WAN infrastructure.


  •     High-performance fasp™ transport technology
  •     Comprehensive user authentication for serving up and receiving files
  •     Unlimited number of concurrent users
  •     Advanced bandwidth utilization management
  •     Comprehensive transport and content security
  •     Custom pre- and post-processing functionality
  •     Comprehensive monitoring and reporting
  •     Administration through web interface or desktop application
  •     Centralized management and monitoring through optional Aspera Console software
  •     High-availability configuration available
  •     Multi-tiered licensing by bandwidth capacity
  •     Comprehensive platform support

CLC Genomics Server is an advanced and powerful bioinformatics solution including:

  •     A powerful and modern three-tier server architecture
  •     Flexible options of executing centralized services
  •     Easy integration with other applications and services
  •     Powerful database communication and data integration
  •     Secure access control framework and central action logging
  •     Providing a user-friendly and fast backbone of any enterprise platform within bioinformatics and Next Generation Sequencing data analysis

In addition to the many integration and development options, CLC Genomics Server includes a number of pre-installed, high-performance computing accelerated Next Generation Sequencing algorithms that are also found in CLC Genomics Workbench:

  •     Reference assembly of Sanger and Next Generation Sequencing data
  •     De novo assembly of Sanger and Next Generation Sequencing data
  •     SNP detection on whole genomes of any size

CT Renaissance™, a deliverable centric, enterprise-class completely integrated and automated software suite for clinical trials, offering the most efficient, web-based software solutions that involve no IT footprint at the point of use and comply with all the regulatory requirements.

Its architecture is designed to offer it's functionalities as software-as-a-service. CT Renaissance™ offers collaborative writing and reviewing, statistical computing environment, trial management, centralized repository, electronic submission and business process engine in an integrated fashion. It offers customizable functionalities to manage world-wide clinical trials and produce clinical deliverables ranging from protocol to eCTD - anytime, anywhere, on-demand. All the functional processes are integrated and automated based on industry standards, reusable meta-data and parameter driven processes. This enterprise-class software suite provides the means to accommodate multiple trials and global user-base in parallel, role-based, secured and collaborative work-environment.

With the help of CT Renaissance™, our customers will be able to focus on core research, constantly innovate and scale-up, make faster deliverables and smarter business decisions. CT Renaissance™ gives our customers "The power to grow".

Rescentris' Collaborative Electronic Research Framework™ (CERF) is an award-winning 21CFR11-compliant, cross-platform electronic lab notebook (ELN) solution that enables life sciences R&D organizations to better manage their lab records and scientific content. CERF is the only ELN designed by biologists for biologists, resulting in a product that uniquely supports the diversity of workflows, data, and work habits within multidiscipline R&D organizations. CERF 3.5 is a major release that offers new options for data hosting and archiving and new project management features that allow PIs and project leaders to maximize research productivity.

CERF 3.5 uses flexible, highly scalable architectures where research data is recorded on central servers accessible from any location. We offer a new "Software as a Service" option and new secure digital archiving solutions. CERF 3.5 continues to refine proven systems architectures and leverage powerful semantic web technologies (OWL, RDF) that allow deep data connections, rich annotations and accurate preservation of data and lab records. The CERF data storage system ensures data accessibility for decades to come and the component-based CERF Extensibility Framework makes CERF highly customizable. Customers become partners who can work with Rescentris to develop custom plugins and tailored solutions to meet differing and evolving requirements for the capture, management, review, distribution and application of research assets. CERF 3.5 features new workflow and task management controls, greater flexibility, new communications systems, and support for more databases. Indexing and Searching have been extended, and new viewers and editors have been integrated using the notebook plugins and CERF publishing framework.

Best of Show Award winners received honorary signage, an awards logo, and an engraved award. They also will be featured on the Bio-IT World website with additional coverage in an upcoming issue of the magazine. For complete coverage of the awards visit

About Bio-IT World
Bio-IT World (, the flagship publication of Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI), is the leading source of news on technology and strategic innovation in drug discovery, development, and clinical trials. Bio-IT World explores the tools and results of predictive biology as the industry adapts to the new world of personalized medicine. Bio-IT World has won 34 national and regional awards, more than any other magazine covering the life sciences industry.

About Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI)
Founded in 1992, Cambridge Healthtech Institute ( is the preeminent life science network for leading researchers and business experts from top pharmaceutical, biotech, academic, and niche service provider organizations. CHI's integrated life science portfolio of products and services includes Cambridge Healthtech Institute Conferences, Pharmaceutical Strategy Series, Barnett International, Insight Pharma Reports, Marketing Services, Meeting Planners, and Cambridge Healthtech Media Group, which includes numerous eNewsletters, Bio-IT World magazine, as well as Lead Generation Programs.

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Pete DeOlympio
Marketing Associate    
Cambridge Healthtech Institute

Press Contact:
Tracey Fielding
Cambridge Healthtech Institute
Ph. (781) 972- 5429


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