Bio-IT World Announces Finalists For 2018 Best Practices Awards

April 20, 2018

April 20, 2018 | The finalists for the 2018 Bio-IT World Best Practices competition were announced today. This year, 21 projects from 30 different organizations were chosen for the final round of competition. Winners will be announced live at the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo on Thursday, May 17, during the plenary keynote session.

Since 2003, the Best Practices Awards have highlighted outstanding examples of how technology innovations and strategic initiatives can be powerful forces for change in the life sciences, from basic biomedical research to drug development and beyond.

This year’s competition showcased an exciting class of entrepreneurs and innovators, from the clinic, lab, and board room, who have developed new approaches to some of the key pain points in research, discovery, and clinical development.

“Every year we set out to recognize the work being done in the field,” said Bio-IT World’s Editorial Director, Allison Proffitt. “We in the Bio-IT World community take pride in promoting collaborative excellence, and the finalists showcased here demonstrate that dedication as well.”

2018 Bio-IT World Best Practices Awards Finalists

Alexion Pharmaceuticals nominated by EPAM Systems

SmartPanel: A Rare Genetic Disease Diagnosis Algorithm Competition Platform

Amgen nominated by Thermo Fisher Scientific

Integrated Biologics LIMS Enabling High Throughput Drug Discovery

AstraZeneca nominated by Genedata

Deep Learning for Automated Phenotypic Image Analysis

AstraZeneca nominated by SolveBio

Vertically Integrated Translational Oncology: How AstraZeneca leverages expert in-house knowledge and micro-apps for actionable NGS results.

Baylor College of Medicine nominated by CLIRINX – Clinical Research IT

Electronic Data Collection and Artificial Intelligence in Epilepsy Research

The Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine nominated by DNAnexus

More Variants for Less Compute: Unified Structural Variant Discovery Scaled to 22,000 Whole Genomes


Celgene Laboratory Instrument Mobile Alert

Children's Hospital of Philadelpha nominated by Edico

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Edico Genome and AWS Achieve Fastest-Ever Analysis Of 1,000 Genomes


The DrugDev Spark Site Engagement Platform

Glaxo-Smith Kline nominated by Science Exchange

Procurement as Innovative Driver for Glaxo-Smith Kline Consumer Health

Hitachi nominated by EPAM Systems

Fast Distributed Optical Maps Assembler for Large Genomes



The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

The Jackson Laboratory Clinical Knowledgebase (JAX-CKB)

Center for Innovation and BioInformatics, Neurological Clinical Research Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital

NeuroBANK Patient-Centric Platform for Clinical Research


Signatera (RUO) ctDNA platform for oncology research

Pfizer / SciBite

SciBite-Pfizer ClassifR: An Artificial Intelligence-driven tool for enabling pharmaceutical acquisitions and collaborations

Pistoia Alliance

User Experience for Life Sciences toolkit (UXLS)

Roche Pharmaceutical Research and Early Development nominated by Linguamatics

Artemis – a text mining tool for Chemists

Saama Technologies

Life Science Analytics Cloud

Synchrogenix, a Certara company

Nothing But Net – Synchrogenix’s GlobalSubmit RIM Products Succeed in Reducing Sponsor’s Regulatory Risk

Takeda nominated by Deloitte

Project Platypus