BioSpace.Com Engaged By the California Healthcare Institute To Heighten the Organization's Internet Presence

Company Will Design and Host the Institute's 'Next Generation' Internet Site

Aug 14, 2000, 01:00 ET from

    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ --, the global hubsite
 for the life sciences industry, today announced the launch of a project aimed
 at creating the "Next Generation" site for the California Healthcare Institute
 (CHI).  CHI is a non-profit public policy research and advocacy organization
 for the life sciences industry in California, home to nearly one-third of
 U.S. biotechnology companies.  CHI aims to create a world-class website where
 a global audience can keep abreast of political and business developments that
 affect California, and that are often crucial to the entire industry.  The
 Institute has engaged to design and host a new site that
 integrates the company's extensive applications and information services and
 tailors them to CHI's audience. provides a host of content and
 commerce services for the life sciences through its hub website, attracting
 the industry's largest community on the Internet.
     " has been both a catalyst and a long-time partner in our
 Internet efforts," said David Gollaher, Ph.D., CHI President & CEO.  "They
 have a technologically expert team that's savvy about the requirements of an
 Internet audience, and they provide deep knowledge of the industry and
 excellent services for the life sciences community.  We believe this venture
 will greatly benefit our members and advance CHI's advocacy of the industry in
     The project has evolved during a three-year relationship between and CHI. was responsible for CHI's first presence
 on the Internet and has maintained the current CHI site. is the
 exclusive third-party online publisher of the organization's economic and
 public policy reports.  CHI has been a long-time supporter of's
 efforts to create a cohesive community within the life sciences industry.
     "There has always been a great deal of synergy between our organizations
 and our expanding relationship is indicative of the success we've had in our
 joint endeavors," said Scott Clarke, CEO of  "We will work
 together to integrate our know-how in serving the entire industry through the
 Internet and apply it to their efforts focused on California."'s technology team will implement a dynamic new graphical user
 interface and state-of-the-art technical architecture in the new CHI website,
 developing a framework that provides full remote publishing capability and
 allows CHI to input, edit and update content via a relational database.  In
 addition, the company will provide CHI with applications, such as the life
 sciences glossary engine and the technology used to distribute's
 daily email newsletter, as well as content relevant to the organization's
 audience. will also provide training to enable CHI staff to
 maintain the website, while still providing round-the-clock technical support.
     About the California Healthcare Institute
     Headquartered in La Jolla, California, the California Healthcare Institute
 (CHI) represents more than 200 leading biotechnology, medical device,
 diagnostics, and pharmaceutical companies, and public and private academic
 biomedical research organizations in the state.  The Institute conducts
 economic and public policy research, produces industry analyses, develops
 educational programs, formulates policy, and engages in direct advocacy on
 behalf of the biomedical R&D community and the patient community they serve.
 CHI's mission is to advance responsible public policies that foster medical
 innovation and promote scientific discovery.
     About ( 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 content, community, and commerce on a
 feature-rich platform. 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. attracts over 2 million page views per month from over 400,000
 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 Institutes of Health (NIH).