Bio-IT World Announces the Winners of its 2011 Best Practices Awards Program

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Bio-IT World magazine announced the winners of its seventh Best Practices Awards program this morning at an awards ceremony following the opening keynote at the 2011 Bio-IT World Conference & Expo.

We extend our sincere congratulations to the winners of this year's Bio-IT World Best Practices Awards competition

Grand Prize winners from four life sciences awards categories were Merck, Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research, GlaxoSmithKline, and Oxford Nanopore Technologies. The competition's third Judges' Prize was awarded to CliniWorks; and the Editors' Choice Award was given jointly to the Tuberculosis Research Section of the National Institutes of Health and the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development.

"We extend our sincere congratulations to the winners of this year's Bio-IT World Best Practices Awards competition" said Kevin Davies, editor -in-chief of Bio-IT World. "As always, the dozens of entries were thoroughly vetted and rated by a superb panel of expert judges from across the life sciences and IT community. Our six winners should be very proud that they have captured the imagination and respect of such a distinguished jury."

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.

Bio-IT World's Best Practices Awards ceremony was this morning at the World Trade Center in Boston, Mass., co-located with CHI's ninth annual Bio-IT World Conference & Expo. Phillips Kuhl, co-founder and president of Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI), started the morning with welcoming comments and Kevin Davies, Ph.D., editor-in-chief of Bio-IT World, the flagship publication of CHI, initiated the presentation of awards.

A peer-review panel of 13 expert judges reviewed 34 detailed submissions from organizations ranging from large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to academic institutions and niche service providers, detailing best practices in one of four categories as well as two special awards from the judges and the editors. Allison Proffitt, managing editor of Bio-IT World; Bill Van Etten, Founding Partner and Principal Investigator of the BioTeam; Phillips Kuhl; and Kevin Davies presented the Grand Prize trophies to the following organizations within these categories:

  • Clinical & Health-IT Research: Merck

Clinical Enrollment Optimization
(nominated by DecisionView)

  • IT & Informatics: Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research

Novartis Image Analysis Interface and ImagEDC

  • Knowledge Management: GlaxoSmithKline

Helium in Excel: A New Paradigm for Data Insight
(nominated by Ceiba Solutions)

  • Research & Discovery: Oxford Nanopore Technologies

Data Pipelines for Next Generation Sequencing Applications
(nominated by Accelrys)

  • Judges' Prize: CliniWorks


  • Editors' Choice Award: Tuberculosis Research Section, NIAID, NIH and Global

Alliance for TB Drug Development
Collaborative Drug Discovery TB database

Criteria and Judging
Awards finalists and winners were selected for their innovative use 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 Best Practices Awards, please email The July/August issue of Bio-IT World will feature editorial on Best Practices, highlighting award winners, profiling entrants, and exploring the enabling technologies used by the many companies.

The 2011 Best Practices Awards were organized by Bio-IT World editors, managing editor Allison Proffitt and Editor-in-Chief Kevin Davies. Joining the editors in judging the entries was a distinguished panel of experts:

  •     Aaron Kamauu, Genentech
  •     Al Doig, CHI Insight Pharma Reports
  •     Alan Louie, IDC Health Insights
  •     Bill Van Etten, The BioTeam
  •     Bryan Minihan, Health Decisions
  •     Chris Smith, Distributed Bio
  •     Craig Lipset, Pfizer
  •     Ernie Bush, Cambridge Healthech Associates
  •     Jonathan Usuka, Celgene
  •     Martin Gollery, Tahoe Informatics
  •     Phillips Kuhl, Cambridge Healthtech Institute
  •     Stephen Fogelson, Develotron
  •     Susan Ward, Consultant

The 2012 Bio-IT World Best Practices competition will begin soliciting entries in October 2011.

About Bio-IT World
Part of the Cambridge Healthtech Institute Media Group (, Bio-IT World magazine is an award-winning bimonthly publication that life science and IT/informatics professionals continuously reference to find information, news, and commentary on indispensable technologies and business strategies. Bio-IT World provides outstanding coverage of cutting-edge trends and technologies that impact the management and analysis of life sciences data, including next-generation sequencing, drug discovery, predictive and systems biology, informatics tools, clinical trials, and personalized medicine. Cambridge Healthtech Media Group also hosts daily news and opinion at, a variety of e-newsletters, and a rich compendium of webinars and web symposia.

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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