Bio-IT World Announces 2011 Best Practices Winners

April 13, 2011

By Bio-IT World Staff 

April 13, 2011—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.  

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 to Collaborative Drug Discovery.  

“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; 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 ResearchNovartis 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 TechnologiesData Pipelines for Next Generation Sequencing Applications (nominated by Accelrys)

Judges’ Prize:

Editors’ Choice Award:  Collaborative Drug Discovery TB database (nominated by Tuberculosis Research Section, NIAID, NIH and Global Alliance for TB Drug Development) 

Criteria and JudgingAwards 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.  

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