Top 15 BioGENEius Challenge Finalists to Competein
International BioGENEius ChallengeEmily Wang, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto, CaliforniaShreya Ramayya, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills
Estates, CaliforniaLogan Collins, Fairview High School, Boulder, ColoradoBansri Patel, Sussex Technical High School, Georgetown, DelawareLeila Abdelrahman, Coral Reef Senior High School, Miami, FloridaKayla Evans, Douglas County High School, Douglasville, Georgia
Grace Niewijk, Oak Park and River Forest High School, City, Oak Park,
Triton Wolfe, Olathe North High School, Olathe, KansasNeil Davey, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, MarylandNathan Han, Boston Latin School, Boston, MassachusettsJarek Kwiecinski, Albuquerque Institute for Mathematics and Science at
UNM, Albuquerque, New MexicoDaniel Ren, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham,
North CarolinaMichael Duong, Methacton High School, Eagleville, Pennsylvania
Nicole Ticea, York House School, Vancouver, British Columbia
Adriel Sumathipala, Broad Run High School, Ashburn, Virginia
Today, the Biotechnology Institute named the top 15 student finalists
who will compete in the final stage of the 2014 International BioGENEius
Challenge next week. "The BioGENEius Challenge encourages the younger
generation, one that is increasingly civic minded, to find first-rate
solutions to food, climate and health challenges. This competition
nurtures the best, the most innovative and skilled student scientists,"
said Janelle Curtis, VP of Programs for the Biotechnology Institute, the
organization overseeing the Challenge.
The BioGENEius Challenge is the premier competition for high school
students – from across the world – that recognizes outstanding research
in biotechnology. The Challenge provides young STEM innovators and
entrepreneurs a venue to showcase their research, in addition to helping
them build a long-term support system for converting their dreams into
reality. The Challenge is one of the few international competitions to
host participants at a leading industry conference, the 2014 BIO
International Convention, offering the students unparalleled access to
leading companies, scientists and innovators in biotechnology.
During the Convention, the students will present their innovative
research. Among those who secured a final place include students who
created a novel absorbent antimicrobial bandages and ointment for use on
burns and wounds, an HIV test and a method for using biomarkers to track
coronary heart disease.
Student finalists include:
Next week, the top four winners will be announced during a lunch at the
2014 BIO International Convention that will be keynoted by Sir Richard
Branson. The first place winner in the International competition will
receive a $7,500 cash prize, the second place winner will receive
$5,000, the third place winner will receive $2,500 and the fourth place
winner will receive $1,000.
We are proud to sponsor a program that provides students who are
interested in STEM education with an experience that enables them to
share in the excitement of biotechnology and with the skills and
knowledge that will help them succeed,” said Jay P. Siegel, M.D., Chief
Biotechnology Officer and Head of Scientific Strategy and Policy for
Johnson & Johnson.
"With their participation in the 2014 BIO International Convention,
these outstanding life sciences students provide great inspiration to
the industry and gain first-hand experience regarding the types of
dynamic careers available in the biotechnology industry," said Mark
Lievonen, President of Sanofi Pasteur Limited. "Today's 15 finalists are
truly inspirational in illustrating how groundbreaking biotechnology
discoveries can improve our everyday lives."
The International BioGENEius Challenge is organized by the Biotechnology
Institute, a U.S. based organization dedicated to biotechnology
education. Generous Co-Lead Supporters of the Challenge are Sanofi
Pasteur, the vaccines division of global pharmaceutical company Sanofi,
and Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.
Support for the BioGENEius Challenge is also provided by International
Supporter: Genentech; and U.S. National Supporters: Acorda Therapeutics,
The Allergan Foundation, Alnylam, Pfizer, and Sangamo BioSciences.
About the Biotechnology Institute
The Biotechnology Institute is an independent, national nonprofit
organization dedicated to education about the present and future impact
of biotechnology. Its mission is to engage, excite and educate the
public, particularly students and teachers, about biotechnology and its
immense potential for solving human health, food and environmental
problems. For more information, visit www.biotechinstitute.org.
About Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
At Janssen we are dedicated to addressing and solving some of the most
important unmet medical needs of our time in oncology, immunology,
neuroscience, infectious diseases and vaccines, and cardiovascular and
metabolic diseases. Driven by our commitment to patients, we develop
innovative products, services and healthcare solutions to help people
throughout the world. For more information, please visit: www.janssenrnd.com
About Sanofi Pasteur
Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, provides more than 1
billion doses of vaccine each year, making it possible to immunize more
than 500 million people across the globe. A world leader in the vaccine
industry, Sanofi Pasteur offers the broadest range of vaccines
protecting against 20 infectious diseases. The company's heritage, to
create vaccines that protect life, dates back more than a century.
Sanofi Pasteur is the largest company entirely dedicated to vaccines.
Every day, the company invests more than EUR 1 million in research and
development. For more information, please visit: www.sanofipasteur.com
for the Biotechnology Institute
Gayle Kansagor, 703-489-1131
Source: Biotechnology Institute