January 12, 2004


High-Tech Search for the Fountain of Youth
Cover Story: Dramatic advances may help biotechs develop drugs that slow aging.
By Karen Hopkin

LSID: An Informatics Lifesaver
The Life Science Identifier could help scientists find and share research data.
By Salvatore Salamone

Special Issue 
Strategic Insights :
Regulatory Compliance
· PDMA Compliance in 12 Steps
Follow this program to avoid violations.
By Barbara Depompa
· What's the Problem?
Validating computer systems is unavoidable. The key is to minimize time and cost.
By Bob Violino
· Systematize Your Regulatory Info!
Create a corporate culture of compliance.
By Steve Lefar
· The Quality System Edge
Process integration isn't just good insurance.
By Lisa Griffith


Conversation: Greg Lucier
The Ultimate Platform Firm
Invitrogen's president discusses determinism in drug development.

Company to Watch
The Code Breakers
Under the guidance of Peter Schultz, Ambrx tinkers with the building blocks of life.

Guest Commentary
Forecasting the Future for Pharma
Wood Mackenzie's Simon Smyth looks at product portfolios and pipelines to forecast pharma's future.


News & Analysis
New Drug Costs Sky-High: $1.7B

Fujitsu BioServer Uses Economy Chips

Software Speeds Chemistry Calculations

Nextrials Integrates Lab and Clinic

Hurdles in the Path of Personalized Medicine

Race Is On in Molecular Diagnostics

New Products 


Presidential Material | Morris R. Levitt
What's New in the World of Bio-IT?
What's new for the year ahead.

First Base | Kevin Davies
Special Delivery
Speedier delivery, added content, daily news, and your Best Practices.

Inside the Box | Bill Van Etten
Lies, Liars, and Benchmarking
The one question to ask about computer benchmarks.

Nothing Ventured... | Michael A. Greeley
What You See Is What You Get 
Better image analysis, better business models.

Fully Equipped | By Julia Boguslavsky
New Year Tools for the 'New' Biology 
Instrumentation outlook for systems biology.

The Russell Transcript | By John Russell
Rekindling Sun's Fire
Facing tough competition, Sun Microsystems needs a few blowtorches.