The 2015 International BIO Convention brought together some of the top biotechnology experts from around the world – some of whom are still in high school! BIO would like to congratulate, Anvita Gupta and Austin Wang, the winners of the annual International BioGENEius Challenge – the premier competition for high school students that recognizes outstanding innovation in biotechnology!
Anvita (12th Grade, Scottsdale, Arizona) won the Global Healthcare category for her project titled, Novel Therapeutics for Genetic and Infectious Diseases: Drug Discovery Targeting Intrinsically Disordered Proteins. Her research seeks to create a new framework for drug research and discovery to help speed up and reduce the cost of therapeutic creation for diseases like Cancer, Tuberculosis and Ebola.
Austin (11th Grade, Vancouver, British Columbia) won the Global Environment category for his project titled, Identifying Genes with Roles in Power Output of Exoelectrogenic Bacteria in Microbial Fuel Cells. His research seeks to identify genes that help bacteria improve their ability to generate electricity in Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs). The results of this research may eventually contribute to the commercialization of MFC technology.
Anvita and Austin were judged by industry and academic experts and beat out 12 other International finalists from across the U.S., Canada and Germany to win their grand cash prizes of $7,500 each.
“Each year, BioGENEius Challenge finalists continue to impress and inspire us with their research,” said Dr. Lawrence Mahan, President of Biotechnology Institute. “They embody the present and future promise of biotechnology to help heal, feed and fuel the world.”
The student competitors were evaluated on the quality of their research, their presentations and ability to handle questions regarding their research and general scientific knowledge. Moreover, each student’s research was evaluated on its practical and potential commercial applications.
The International BioGENEius Challenge is organized by the Biotechnology Institute, a U.S. based non-profit organization dedicated to biotechnology education. Generous support from sponsors include Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Sanofi Pasteur.