SOLANA BEACH, Calif. – June 2013 –  The 26th annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).

"For 26 years now, the CIO 100 awards have honored the innovative use of technology to deliver genuine business value," said Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief of CIO magazine. "Our 2013 winners are an outstanding example of the transformative power of IT to drive everything from revenue growth to competitive advantage."

Often referred to as the “ for Scientists,” Assay Depot has developed the first and only cloud-based drug research platform that allows a scientist to custom create any research service and obtain quotes from high quality vendors quickly, efficiently and at no cost. Assay Depot’s online marketplace dramatically streamlines purchases between scientists and 8,000+ global research vendors and – for the first time – makes it possible to run a drug discovery project, from concept to clinic, in an entirely outsourced fashion.

“The pharmaceutical industry recognizes that the current process is broken and has begun to embrace IT as a way to help researchers innovate and make breakthrough discoveries,” said Chris Petersen, CIO, Assay Depot. “We are excited about helping pioneer a new ‘virtual drug discovery era’ and are honored to have been recognized among such an elite group of technology innovators.”

Executives from the winning companies will be recognized at the CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony to be held Tuesday evening, Aug. 13th at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

About the CIO 100
The recipients of this year's CIO 100 award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative IT and business initiatives. 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. Complete coverage of the 2013 CIO 100 awards will be online at on August 1, 2013 and in the August 1st issue of CIO magazine.

About Assay Depot
Assay Depot is the world's largest scientific services marketplace. The company operates a network of online Research Exchanges that dramatically streamline purchases between scientists and more than 8,000 global research vendors. Assay Depot is changing the way life science research is done. To learn more about Assay Depot's enterprise software, visit To use Assay Depot's free public marketplace, visit