Sponsored Tent Show for the National Institutes of Health Draws Record Setting Crowd

Jul 31, 2000, 01:00 ET from

    SAN FRANCISCO, July 31 /PRNewswire/ --, 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
 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 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
 "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
     Since taking over development of the platform under a NIH Cooperative
 Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), 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. 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
     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).