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Thermo Fisher Scientific Recognized by Computerworld as a 2011 Honors Laureate for Visionary Application of Information Technology

Thermo Fisher Scientific Recognized by Computerworld as a 2011 Honors Laureate for Visionary Application of Information TechnologyThermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today announced that IDG's Computerworld Honors Program has selected it as a 2011 Laureate. The annual award program honors organizations that create and use information technology to promote and advance public welfare, contribute to the greater good of society and change the world for the better. The 2011 Laureates Chairmen's Committee Advisors, comprised of the senior leadership of the world's foremost information technology companies and Computerworld editorial staff, awarded Thermo Fisher for its work with The HUNT Research Centre, part of the Faculty of Medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, helping it implement a next-generation laboratory information management system (LIMS) to automate their processes from the clinic to the laboratory.

The HUNT Research Center is an integrated family and personal database of approximately 100,000 people in Norway - one of the largest population-based health studies ever performed. Initiated 25 years ago to support epidemiological, clinical and preventative medicine research, HUNT has run three studies that offer valuable insight into disease status and progression, particularly in relation to quality of life measures including environment, education and occupation. HUNT specifically required a comprehensive LIMS to facilitate their ability to gather, store, manage, track and retrieve data securely and yield real-time dependable analysis and reports. Key areas of research include studies on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and lung disorders, as well as thyroid, muscle skeletal and mental diseases and diseases distinctly occurring in men or women. 

HUNT required a solution capable of delivering speed, efficiency and simplicity in one system. It selected Thermo Scientific Nautilus LIMS, which has enabled the Center to compile extensive medical, lifestyle and environmental data associated with each biological sample, comprising approximately 800 exposure variables and nearly 3000 different variables per individual. These datasets allow the Center to make prospective correlations between genetic, epigenetic, lifestyle, environmental and health/disease profiles.

"We are delighted to be awarded this prestigious honor by Computerworld as it recognizes how our innovative solutions turn laboratory data into valuable medical learnings that help researchers fight disease around the world," said Dave Champagne, vice president and general manager for the Informatics business at Thermo Fisher Scientific. "This integrated deployment of Nautilus LIMS enabled secure storing, efficient management and real-time reporting of data while also ensuring uninterrupted, dependable transmission of information between HUNT and various national health registries. Nautilus enabled HUNT to begin to answer one of the most pressing questions of the 21st century: How can modern medicine improve our daily lives?"

Computerworld will publicly recognize the 2011 Laureates at the Laureate Medal Ceremony on June 20 in Washington, D.C. During the ceremony, it will formally induct case studies into the Program's International Archives and present honorees with a medallion inscribed with the Program's mission, "A Search for New Heroes."

"The number and quality of nominations this year were very inspiring and demonstrate how valuable IT is to community change," said John Amato, publisher, Computerworld. "Computerworld is very proud to name the 2011 class of Laureates and showcase their initiatives benefitting society through innovative uses of IT." Visit www.cwhonors.org for more information.

For more information about Thermo Scientific Nautilus LIMS or other informatics solutions, please call +1-866-463-6522 (US), +44 161 942 3000 (Intl), e-mail marketing.informatics@thermofisher.com or visit www.thermoscientific.com/informatics. To view more about this recent award and other awards, visit www.thermoscientific.com/awards
  

About Computerworld Honors Program

Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies and oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website (http://events.computerworld.com/Honors2011). 

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. Computerworld's award-winning Web site (http://www.computerworld.com), bi-weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research forms the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Magazine of the Year by American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards in 2010, the 2009 Best Blog from the Neal awards, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from ASBPE. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.5 million unique, monthly visitors (comScore Media Metrix, August 2010). Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com. 

About Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. With revenues of nearly $11 billion, we have approximately 37,000 employees and serve customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies, as well as in environmental and process control industries. We create value for our key stakeholders through two premier brands, Thermo Scientific and Fisher Scientific, which offer a unique combination of continuous technology development and the most convenient purchasing options. Our products and services help accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, and solve analytical challenges ranging from complex research to routine testing to field applications. Visit www.thermofisher.com.


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