and the NIH Receive Vice President Gore's Hammer Award for Co-Developed E-Commerce Platform

Business-to-Government 'IntraMall' Provides an Online Marketplace of

More than 1 Million Products from Over 100 Key Suppliers

Sep 13, 2000, 01:00 ET from

    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ --, the global hubsite
 for the life sciences industry, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
 today announced that their jointly developed online marketplace has received
 Vice President Al Gore's Hammer Award.  The Hammer Award is one of
 three government awards recently presented to the "IntraMall," the e-commerce
 platform jointly developed by the two organizations.  Among the other awards
 recognizing and the NIH are the E-Gov 2000 Trail Blazer Award,
 and the Center of Excellence in Information Technology's Best Practices Award
 for Innovative E-Commerce Solution.  All awards are given in recognition of
 exceptional solutions designed to improve operations within government
     "We've worked with to create a platform designed for
 tomorrow, not for yesterday," said MaryAnn Guerra, Deputy Director for
 Management of the National Cancer Institute and NIH leader of the project.
 "We're extremely pleased that both our organizations' efforts in bringing
 state-of-the-art technology to the NIH have been recognized by the Vice
 President's program."
     "The functionality and growing scope of our co-developed online
 marketplace has made it one of the industry's leading e-commerce platforms,"
 said Scott Clarke, CEO of  "Recognition by these awards supports
 our conviction that this customized portal will benefit the NIH through
 increased efficiency, greater productivity and subsequent savings." is one of the Internet's most comprehensive resource and
 service providers for the life sciences, delivering a host of content and
 information services through its global hubsite.  The company also offers
 customized business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce solutions by designing
 portals that integrate its hubsite services with an end-to-end online
 marketplace.'s B2B marketplace currently has over 100 key life
 sciences suppliers offering more than 1 million products.
     The IntraMall is the business-to-government version of's B2B
 platform, customized for use by the 18 institutes and six centers that
 comprise the NIH and make it the world's largest purchaser of life sciences
 supplies.  The IntraMall is designed to positively impact the agency's
 supplies expenditures by streamlining the procurement process, significantly
 lowering cost per transaction and providing a more competitive pricing
     "The efficiencies inherent in online procurement can benefit government
 agencies like ours, as well as academic institutions and commercial
 organizations," said Ms. Guerra.  "Our relationship in developing this
 platform represents an outstanding example of successful partnering between
 government and industry." became the NIH's partner in ongoing development of the
 IntraMall in December 1999, when it took over the project and was awarded an
 extended Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) by the
 organization.  Since then, the company has overseen a dramatic growth surge in
 the marketplace, including a significant increase in the number of
 participating suppliers and a ten-fold surge in the number of available
 products.  Under the CRADA, is further commercializing the
 platform and continuing to attract new participants.
     "We realized when we partnered with that we were getting the
 advantages of bringing on board an Internet company truly unique in its level
 of scientific and informatics experience," said Ms. Guerra.  "Through a
 history of service and community-building efforts, has amassed a
 tremendous understanding of the culture and the behaviors of the life sciences
 industry.  Their existing portal, including the content and services they
 provide, and their large and loyal online audience have been tremendous
 value-adds to our relationship." is the most heavily trafficked site in the life sciences
 industry.  Last week the company released usage figures revealing dramatic
 growth in the company's community of users.  The number of unique users
 visiting has grown more than 200% this year and reached more than
 600,000 in July, recording more than 2.2 million page views.
     "As quantified by these figures, there is a notable willingness in the
 life sciences community to turn to the Internet as a resource for both
 information and services," said Mr. Clarke.  " is dedicated to
 bringing crucial services onto the Internet where applicable and beneficial to
 industry progress."
     About ( is the global hubsite for the life
 sciences industry, providing a vertical portal for information, product and
 services. attracts over 2.2 million page views per month from
 over 600,000 unique visitors seeking news & information, business and
 scientific content, investment data, company profiles, job postings,
 real-estate listings, and event listings.  Additionally, the company delivers
 customized e-commerce portal solutions for the industry, combining a
 procurement platform with the information services delivered through its
 global hubsite.  Its innovative business-to-business (B2B) supply solution was
 developed and piloted cooperatively with the National Institutes of Health
 (NIH).  The company is dedicated to accelerating discovery in the life
 sciences by facilitating exchange crucial to the industry through the
 application of Internet technology.