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SAN DIEGO and EMERYVILLE, March 14, 2005 --- IO Informatics, Inc., in conjunction with the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) of the American Chemical Society, today announced the establishment of the IO Informatics/CINF Award for Scientific Excellence. This scholarship program is designed to foster graduate student involvement in the CINF division of the ACS, promote scientific excellence, and encourage interaction between academic and industrial researchers. Recipients will be chosen from among those presenting posters in the CINF division.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to encourage young researchers in the area of chemical information”, said Pat Rougeau, President and CEO of IO Informatics. "With ever increasing amounts of data being produced, it is vital that the development of new methods to analyze and process the data be supported at the academic level." Rougeau went on to say, "In addition, we feel the IO Informatics/CINF Award for Scientific Excellence will help promote student participation at National ACS meetings and cultivate excellence in this crucial area of scientific research. We look forward to announcing the first group of award recipients at the ACS National Meeting in Washington D.C. this coming August!"

Five students at ACS National Meetings will each receive a $1,000.00 cash award along with a free one-year license of the IO Informatics’ software, Sentient™, for their academic institution. Criteria for selection will be based on caliber as well as relevance of the presented research. The inaugural awards ceremony will take place at the upcoming ACS National Meeting in Washington D.C. (August 28 - September 1, 2005). Information on where and how to apply for the award will be posted shortly on the CINF web site:

About IO Informatics
IO Informatics is at the forefront of a global revolution in software methods that apply a multidimensional approach to data integration, using intelligent agents. These agents interconnect data and establish relationships among them to automate the knowledge building process. By applying its intellectual property and breakthrough software architecture, IO has produced tools that integrate heterogeneous data sources (e.g. proprietary spreadsheets, Web files, images, and public and proprietary databases) to solve problems in fields where complex data are involved such as medical, pharmaceutical R&D, and life sciences research. The company’s Sentient™ software enables secure, unified use of previously disconnected, heterogeneous data and distributed information at a fraction of the cost and time previously required. Products using Sentient™ software allow researchers to build knowledge, using either a single laptop computer or an enterprise-wide network, without the need for programming or changes to the enterprise IT infrastructure. Founded in 2003, IO Informatics is located in Emeryville, California. For more information, please visit the company web site at