SAN FRANCISCO, May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- BioSpace.com, the global hubsite for the life sciences industry, today announced the appointment of John Walker as Chairman of the Board. He succeeds Jennifer King, founder of the company, who remains on the board. Mr. Walker, who currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Axys Pharmaceuticals, brings a tremendous amount of industry experience to BioSpace.com at a time in which the company anticipates a period of growth in products and services for the life sciences market. "BioSpace.com represents the future of doing business in the life sciences," said Mr. Walker. "This is an industry where information delivery can have a tremendous impact. BioSpace.com has effectively applied technology to facilitate information and product exchange to accelerate the efficiency and productivity of discovery, development and commerce of the life sciences industry. This will result in a powerful Internet company with a recognized brand name that will lead the industry into the 21st century." "I'm delighted that John is moving into an active leadership role at BioSpace.com," said Ms. King. "I believe the company stands to reap tremendous benefit from the application of John's significant operational experience to the position of Chairman." Mr. Walker additionally holds Chairman of the Board positions at Microcide Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Signal Pharmaceuticals Inc., and also sits on the boards of Geron Corporation and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Mr. Walker began his career at American Hospital Supply Corporation, where he ultimately served as president of The Hospital Company, a $1.5 billion distributor of medical, surgical and other hospital supplies. Subsequently he was Chairman and CEO of Vitaphore Corporation, a biomaterials company, acquired by Union Carbide Chemical and Plastics. "John brings to us a wealth of experience in the life-sciences industry and supply chain management," said Scott Clarke, Chief Operating Officer and interim CEO. "His decision to join BioSpace.com enhances the management and leadership of our growing company." Mr. Walker received his B.A. from the State University of New York, at Buffalo. He has conducted graduate business studies at Columbia School of Marketing, Wharton School of Finance, and Northwestern University Institute of Management. About BioSpace.com BioSpace.com (http://www.biospace.com) is the global hubsite for the life sciences industry. The company has created a point of convergence for those who work in the industry by providing Community, Content and Commerce on a feature-rich platform. BioSpace.com is dedicated to accelerating discovery in the life sciences by facilitating exchange crucial to the industry through the application of contextual commerce, an end-to-end e-commerce solution. BioSpace.com attracts over 2 million page views per month from over 300,000 unique visitors seeking real-time industry news, information resources, investment data, company profiles, stock quotes, employment listings, and an innovative business-to-business (B2B) supply solution developed cooperatively with the National Institute of Health (NIH).