SAN FRANCISCO, July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- BioSpace.com, the global hubsite for the life sciences industry, recently sponsored a tent show featuring the e-commerce solution and online marketplace the company has developed in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The BioSpace.com Supplies platform was presented to over 2,000 life sciences vendors and NIH employees, a crowd that exceeded attendance estimates by a considerable margin and set an attendance record for the event. Attendees were gathered for a presentation of the features of the platform jointly designed by the two organizations to bring full online procurement functionality to the NIH, the world's largest purchaser of life sciences supplies and equipment. In attendance at the event were representatives of more than 30 key suppliers to the life sciences industry, including Greiner America, Invitrogen and Novex, Thomas Scientific, and VWR Scientific Products. Presentations of the platform included slide shows, demonstrations and interactive programs highlighting improvements BioSpace.com has made to the system. "The success of the platform we've developed with the NIH, and the tremendous response to it by those within their organization, has been a great driver for building recognition," said Scott Clarke, CEO of BioSpace.com. "Continued enhancements, such as our recently launched auction platform, and a growing community of buyers and suppliers are helping establish our e-procurement solution as one of the premiere online life sciences marketplaces." Since taking over development of the platform under a NIH Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), BioSpace.com has enhanced the marketplace through the application of its technology, superior customer service and content and commerce services which have made the company into a life sciences hub on the Internet. BioSpace.com draws the largest volume of website traffic among sites catering to the industry. In addition, efforts by the two organizations have succeeded in attracting high-caliber suppliers, and increasing the number of catalogued items available in the marketplace from 90,000 to over 1 million SKUs today. "We were really impressed by the turnout and by the interest shown by so many of our people," said Jim Marks, chief of the office of procurement management for the NIH. "I think many of the attendees recognized that the facilities provided by this online marketplace can have an incredible impact in making their jobs easier, and of-course increasing efficiency for the organization." 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).