(eye-bye.awl.uh.gee) n. The use of information technology to make new biological discoveries and to improve collaboration among scientists.

Example Citation:
The i-biology approach represents the consolidation of the many diverse data in life science research into refined information. In contrast to bioinformatics, which represents solely computational biology, i-biology stands for an integrated approach, bringing applied scientists and bioinformaticians together."
—"Bayer Steps up Gene, Discovery Efforts with Technology," Medical Industry Today, June 25, 1999

Earliest Citation:
Over the next five years LION Bioscience Research Inc. (LBRI), the wholly owned Cambridge, Massachusetts-based subsidiary of LION AG, shall deliver to Bayer, 500 new target genes, 70 new annotations on existing Bayer-owned gene targets and an undisclosed number of gene expression markers and SNPs. All targets will be identified and validated at LBRI using the aforementioned novel IT-systems. The resulting information will be globally accessible to Bayer's scientists via an Intranet system, facilitating seamless and immediate application. This interdisciplinary approach for the integration of data, information, hard- and software as well as the direct involvement of scientists in drug discovery is called i-biology.
—"LION Bioscience and Bayer enter US$100 M Research Alliance," PR Newswire, June 24, 1999

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