SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- BioSpace.com, 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 BioSpace.com to design and host a new site that integrates the company's extensive applications and information services and tailors them to CHI's audience. BioSpace.com 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. "BioSpace.com 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 California." The project has evolved during a three-year relationship between BioSpace.com and CHI. BioSpace.com was responsible for CHI's first presence on the Internet and has maintained the current CHI site. BioSpace.com is the exclusive third-party online publisher of the organization's economic and public policy reports. CHI has been a long-time supporter of BioSpace.com'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 BioSpace.com. "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." BioSpace.com'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 BioSpace.com's daily email newsletter, as well as content relevant to the organization's audience. BioSpace.com 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 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 content, community, 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 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).