Apple's Workgroup Cluster for Bioinformatics has won Best of Show at Bio-IT World Conference and Expo.

Apple director of Sci-Tech markets Liz Kerr told MacCentral: "It's such a nice validation of our efforts. People at the show are really interested in what we have to offer."

Apple claims the DIY Unix-based cluster combines the "power and flexibility of Xserve G5, a straightforward do-it-yourself setup guide, and over 200 preinstalled bioinformatics applications to give a more efficient, cost-effective way to accomplish research".

Kerr added: "Money often stops people from getting a cluster – if you give them something they can manage themselves at the price we do, you take that away for them. It's also Apple's ease of use. Scientists that don't have an IT background just want to know what's included and we give that to them."

Bio-IT World – run by IDG World Expo – claims to be the leading event to demonstrate how technology is transforming the life sciences throughout all discovery and development processes. It is "exclusively for life science professionals looking to evaluate and understand advanced solutions that generate, collect and analyze the flood of information being produced by the life sciences industry," according to IDG.