BIO-IT World Announces the Winners of its 2010 Best Practices Awards Program

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Established in 2003, Bio-IT World's Best Practices Awards Program recognizes these organizations for their outstanding innovations and excellence in the use of technologies, practices, and novel business strategies that will advance drug discovery, development, biomedical research, and clinical trials.

This year's winners include some truly outstanding and innovative examples of new technology and collaboration, and we're delighted that we've been able to recognize some compelling examples of open-source initiatives and innovation in areas such as virtual conferencing that suggest new ways of sharing knowledge and data.

Bio-IT World magazine announced the winners of its sixth Best Practices Awards program last night at the Best Practices Awards Dinner. Grand Prize winners from six life sciences awards categories were Bristol-Myers Squibb, The Scripps Research Institute, PROOF / iCAPTURE Centre of Excellence, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Centocor R&D, and FDA. The competition's second Judges' Prize was awarded to; the Editors' Choice Award was awarded to Merck and Co. and the competition's first Community Service Prize recognizing excellence in open source was awarded to the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Bio-IT World's Best Practices Awards ceremony was held on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at the World Trade Center in Boston, Mass., co-located with CHI's eighth annual Bio-IT World Conference & Expo. Key industry leaders attended the ceremony, which featured a keynote speech by James (Jamie) Heywood, co-founder and chairman of, a social networking community based in Cambridge, Mass., that gives patients unprecedented control and access to their health care information and the ability to compare it to other people.    

Phillips Kuhl, co-founder and president of Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI), started the evening with welcoming comments and introduced Kevin Davies, Ph.D., editor-in-chief of Bio-IT World, the flagship publication of CHI, to initiate the presentation of awards.

"We are really delighted that this year's Bio-IT World Best Practices Awards attracted a record number of entrants and that the quality was so remarkably high across all the categories. It made the judges' task all the harder this year, but they seemed to enjoy it," said Kevin Davies, editor in chief of Bio-IT World.

"This year's winners include some truly outstanding and innovative examples of new technology and collaboration, and we're delighted that we've been able to recognize some compelling examples of open-source initiatives and innovation in areas such as virtual conferencing that suggest new ways of sharing knowledge and data."

A peer-review panel of 15 expert judges reviewed a record 74 detailed submissions from organizations ranging from large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, academic institutions, to niche service providers, detailing best practices in one of six categories. Allison Proffitt, managing editor of Bio-IT World; Grant Stephen, CEO, Tessella; Ron Ranauro, CEO, GenomeQuest; Phillips Kuhl; and Kevin Davies presented the Grand Prize trophies to the following organizations within these categories:

  • Research & Discovery: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Identifying Drug Effects via Pathway Alterations using an Integer Linear Programming Optimization Formulation on Phosphoproteomic Data

  • Clinical Trials: FDA

Common Table of Contents: allows FDA reviewers to review eCTD submissions for technical accuracy
(nominated by GlobalSubmit)

  • IT & Informatics: The Scripps Research Institute

Procurement Transformation: an online marketplace that allows researchers to acquire the supplies they need much faster and at a lower cost.
(nominated by SciQuest)

  • IT & Informatics/HPC: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Research & Development

High Content Screening - Road: a system for managing HCS images and analysis and enabling target identification, lead discovery, lead evaluation and lead profiling.

  • Knowledge Management: Centocor R&D, Inc. (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson)

tranSMART: a system allowing Johnson & Johnson researchers to query the company's drug discovery and development data using a single tool.
(nominated by Recombinant Data Corp)

  • Personalized & Translational Medicine: PROOF / iCAPTURE Centre of Excellence

Semantic Data Integration, Knowledge Building and Sharing Applied to Biomarker Discovery and Patient Screening for Pre-symptomatic Heart, Lung or Kidney Failure in Transplantation Medicine
(nominated by IO Informatics)

  • Judges' Prize:

The fastest, most effective way to connect with life science service providers

  • Editors' Choice Award: Merck and Co.

A Virtual Technology Symposium

  • Community Service Prize: Royal Society of Chemistry

ChemSpider: a free database containing over 23 million unique chemical entities,
(nominated by Collaborative Drug Discovery)

The following entries received honorable mentions:

  •     Amylin; Virtual Data Center
  •     Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of California, San Diego (nominated by Convey Computer Corporation); InsPecT: Fast database search for post-transitional modified spectra
  •     University of California San Francisco; Epilepsy Phenome Genome Project
  •     HUNT Research Centre & Biobank (nominated by Thermo Fisher Scientific); Thermo Scientific Nautilus LIMS for Biobanks significantly increases throughput at Hunt Research Centre and Biobank
  •     Merck & Co. (nominated by BioFortis); Biomarker Data Integration
  •     Lahey Clinic (nominated by Orion Health); Medical Applications Portal Installation
  •     Genstruct / Pfizer GRD; Causal Network Model of 2-Butoxyethanol-Induced Hemangiosarcoma in Mice and Its Relevance to Humans
  •     AstraZeneca; AstraZeneca Patient Safety New Case Handling Operating Model
  •     Merck Research Laboratories (nominated by MaxisIT); ADAPT Dashboard Prototype
  •     Kendle; TrialEAS: web-based adjudication system

Criteria and Judging
Awards finalists and winners were selected for their innovative utilization of bio-IT, including life science equipment, informatics and information technology, on a project or organizational level to achieve significantly improved results (i.e. improvements in productivity or conceptual breakthroughs in scientific understanding or process methodology). The peer review judges applied several criteria to make their decisions, such as innovation, significance, and industry impact. Entries were accepted from R&D and scientific facilities and labs in pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies, academia, government, medical or related institutions and organizations, as well as public and private research labs. For information on Bio-IT World's 2010 Best Practices Awards, please email marketing_chmg(at)chimediagroup(dot)com. The July/August issue of Bio-IT World will feature editorial on Best Practices, highlighting award winners, profiling entrants, event coverage and the enabling technologies used by the many companies.

The 2010 Best Practices Awards were organized by Bio-IT World editors, including Managing Editor Allison Byrum Proffitt, Editor-in- Chief Kevin Davies, and key marketing & operations staff members of Cambridge Healthtech Media Group, a division of CHI. Joining the editors in judging the entries was a distinguished panel of experts:

  •     Al Doig, CHI Insight Pharma Reports
  •     Alan Louie, IDC Health Insights
  •     Bill Van Etten, The BioTeam
  •     Craig Lipset, Pfizer
  •     Derek Debe, Abbott Laboratories
  •     Jonathan Usuka, Celgene
  •     Joseph Cerro, The Schooner Group
  •     Martin Gollery, Tahoe Informatics
  •     Michael Rosenberg, Health Decisions
  •     Noemi Greyzdorf, IDC
  •     Phillips Kuhl, Cambridge Healthtech Institute
  •     Sandy Aronson, Harvard Medical School
  •     Saul Kravitz, CLC Bio
  •     Stephen Fogelson, Develotron
  •     Susan Ward, Consultant

Sponsors generously underwriting the 2010 Best Practices Awards are Tessella and GenomeQuest.

The winners will be profiled in the July/August issue of Bio-IT World. The 2011 Bio-IT World Best Practices competition will begin soliciting entries in October 2010.

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. CHI offers a suite of published resources through a new division--Cambridge Healthtech Media Group--that includes Bio-IT World magazine, several topic-specific eNewsletters, white papers, webcasts, podcasts, conferences, and the Bio-IT World Best Practices Awards Program. The magazine is based in Needham, MA.

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, Cambridge Healthtech Associates, Insight Pharma Reports, Marketing Services, Meeting Planners, and Cambridge Healthtech Media Group, which includes several eNewsletters, Bio-IT World magazine, as well as Lead Generation Programs.

Contact: Kevin Davies (Editor-in-Chief, Bio-IT World): kevin_davies(at)bio-itworld(dot)com, 781-972-1341.

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