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Sigma-Aldrich Honored With CIO 100 Award for Innovative Web Research Tool, Your Favorite Gene powered by Ingenuity
Date:6/4/2009

ST. LOUIS, June 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sigma-Aldrich (Nasdaq: SIAL) announced today it has received CIO magazine's 2009 CIO 100 award for Your Favorite Gene powered by Ingenuity (http://www.sigma-aldrich.com/yfg), a powerful web-based biological search tool that provides scientists access to dynamic gene-based content that they can use to model and evaluate prospective experiments in the context of previously published scientific literature.

"Your Favorite Gene and other Sigma-Aldrich online tools have helped establish us as a premiere resource where life science researchers can access information that allows them to better understand complex biological systems," said Carl Turza, chief information officer of Sigma-Aldrich. "As biological data continues to expand, scientists need access to a dynamic, focused resource that contains the latest scientific information, and we've linked that to our cutting-edge products. Through much effort on our part, we have created an online presence designed to provide content that builds trust and encourages engagement with the life science community. We are honored to receive a CIO 100 award for our ongoing efforts."

"This year's CIO 100 awards draw well-deserved attention to companies that are innovating and creating business value with IT," said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of CIO magazine & Events. "These winners are an inspiration to businesses everywhere."

Sigma-Aldrich's Your Favorite Gene is powered by Ingenuity, a software company focused on helping life science researchers more effectively use and understand biological and chemical information. Launched in January 2009, Your Favorite Gene powered by Ingenuity is significantly different from the static search options common among life science product providers. The portal enables researchers to search by gene, protein, function, disease, species, tissue or pathway to access a dynamic database of historical and cutting-edge research findings and biological information. From an initial search on the site, simple navigation allows for exploration of broader networks, providing insight into pathway interactions. Users can also model prospective experiments in Your Favorite Gene powered by Ingenuity, which bases its models on published scientific literature.

The 2009 CIO 100 awards will be presented at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on August 25, 2009 at the conclusion of the eleventh annual CIO 100 Symposium(R) and Awards Ceremony.

About Sigma-Aldrich: Sigma-Aldrich is a leading Life Science and High Technology company. Its biochemical and organic chemical products and kits are used in scientific research, including genomic and proteomic research, biotechnology, pharmaceutical development and as key components in pharmaceutical, diagnostic and other high technology manufacturing. The Company has customers in life science companies, university and government institutions, hospitals, and in industry. Over one million scientists and technologists use its products. Sigma-Aldrich operates in 38 countries and has 7,800 employees providing excellent service worldwide. Sigma-Aldrich is committed to Accelerating Customer Success through Innovation and Leadership in Life Science, High Technology and Service. For more information about Sigma-Aldrich, please visit its award-winning Web site at http://www.sigma-aldrich.com.

About the CIO 100: The recipients of this year's CIO 100 awards were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative practices in both business and IT. Next, a team of judges reviewed the applications in depth, looking for unique practices and substantial results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges' recommendations and voted on the final 100. Once the top 100 honorees were selected, several honorees were chosen to receive an additional special award.

Complete coverage of the 2009 CIO 100 awards will be on www.cio.com beginning June 1, 2009 and in the August 1st issue of CIO magazine.

About CIO Magazine: CIO produces award-winning content and community resources for information technology executives thriving and prospering in this fast-paced era of business, as well as creates opportunities for information technology and consumer marketers to reach them. The CIO portfolio includes CIO.com, CIO magazine (launched in 1987), CIO Executive Programs and the CIO Executive Council. CIO properties provide business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT's role in achieving business goals. The U.S. edition of the magazine and website are recipients of more than 200 awards to date, including three Grand Neals from the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards and two Magazine of the Year awards from the National Society of Business Publication Editors. CIO websites and magazines appear in more than 25 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, France and Germany. CIO, and sister brand CSO, are produced by CXO Media a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research and event company.


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