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IAVI Named Finalist for Computerworld Honors Program 21st Century Achievement Award

May 04, 2005

 Winners to be Announced at Washington, D.C. Gala on June 6, 2005

Framingham, Mass., May 4, 2005 – The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) has been named as a finalist for the coveted 21st Century Achievement Award from the Computerworld Honors Program for its visionary use of information technology in the Science Category.  John Chambers, President and CEO of Cisco Systems and member of The Chairmen’s Committee, nominated IAVI in recognition of its contributions to the global information technology revolution and its positive impact on society.  The winners will be announced at an awards gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on June 6, 2005.

IAVI was one of 160 laureates selected by the program’s Chairmen’s Committee study from over 300 nominations to submit a case study that officially became part of the prestigious Computerworld Honors Collection this past April when the 2005 Collection was formally presented to the Global Archives. Of these 160 laureates, IAVI, is one of 48 finalists, in 10 categories, chosen by a panel of distinguished judges to attend the June 6 event.

“The Computerworld Honors 21st Century Achievement Awards are presented to individuals around the world who have made outstanding progress and whose visionary use of information technology produces and promotes positive social, economic and educational change,” said Bob Carrigan, president and CEO of IDG’s Computerworld, the Voice of IT Management, and chairman of the Chairmen’s Committee of the Computerworld Honors Program. “The finalists for these awards along with the laureate innovators represented in the Honors Collection have been recognized by the leading IT industry chairmen as true revolutionaries in their fields.”

The 2005 Collection, which will be archived in libraries, museums, and academic and research institutions around the world, will serve as primary source material for scholars and as a resource for individuals who hope to use information technology to create solutions to address their own challenges. The collection is comprised of case studies from 54 countries. 

IAVI implemented reliable, cost-effective technologies that enable the transfer of clinical and laboratory data from multiple remote sites to centralized databases.  This infrastructure ensures that valuable and accurate information is readily available to scientists around the world and enables them to make critical and timely decisions.  It also serves to enhance the clinical capacity of local sites in developing countries.

Case studies from the 2005 Computerworld Honors Collection will be available at http://www.cwheroes.org, the official site of the Computerworld Honors Program, where the entire Collection is available to scholars, researchers and the general public worldwide. In addition, the Collection is distributed annually to the Honors Program’s Archival Partners around the world. These partners include some of the world’s finest research and scholarly institutions, each of which has generously agreed to include the Collection in its archives.

According to Dan Morrow, a founding director and chief historian for the Honors Program, “This year’s finalists truly demonstrate how technology can significantly impact industries throughout the country. The accomplishments they have achieved through the use of technology are outstanding historical contributions to the information technology revolution in every sense of the word.”

About IAVI

IAVI (www.iavi.org) is a global not-for-profit organization working to accelerate the development of a vaccine to prevent HIV infection and AIDS. Founded in 1996 and operational in 23 countries, IAVI and its network of collaborators research and develop vaccine candidates. IAVI also advocates for a vaccine to be a global priority and works to assure that a future vaccine will be accessible to all who need it.  IAVI's financial and in-kind supporters include the Bill & Melinda Gates, Rockefeller, Alfred P. Sloan and Starr foundations; the governments of Canada, Denmark, the European Union, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States; multilateral organizations such as the World Bank; corporate donors including BD (Becton, Dickinson & Co.), Continental Airlines and DHL; leading AIDS charities such as Crusaid, Deutsche AIDS Stiftung, and the Until There's A Cure Foundation; and other private donors such as the Phoebe W. Haas Charitable Trust B. 

About the Computerworld Honors Program

Owned and produced by the Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation, a Massachusetts not-for-profit corporation founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, the Computerworld Honors Program searches for and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated vision and leadership as they strive to use information technology in innovative ways across 10 categories: Business and Related Services; Education and Academia; Environment, Energy and Agriculture; Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; Government and Non-Profit Organizations; Manufacturing; Media, Arts and Entertainment; Medicine; Science; and Transportation. Each year, the Computerworld Honors Chairmen’s Committee nominates organizations that are using information technology to improve society for inclusion in the Computerworld Honors Online Archive and the Collections of the Global Archives. The Global Archives represents the 100-plus institutions from more than 30 countries that include the Computerworld Honors Collection in their archives and libraries.