The 2015 Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge
The Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge recognizes high school students conducting outstanding life science research. The 2015 Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge is scheduled for April 14, 2015. Click here for application information.
BayBio named Henry M. Gunn High School senior Emily Wang of Palo Alto as the winner of the 2014 Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge, the premier competition for high school students that recognizes outstanding research in biotechnology. Emily went on to win the 2014 International BioGENEius Challenge at the 2014 BIO International Convention in San Diego, the industry’s trade conference, where leading companies, scientists and innovators offered her invaluable advice and first-hand experience on the limitless possibilities within one of the world’s most innovative industries. Read the entire announcement here.
Folsom High School Junior Nathaniel Varghese placed second and Bellarmine College Preparatory sophomore Anin Sayana placed third.
Vinay Ayyappan (Bellarmine College Preparatory), Raghu Dhara (Mission San Jose School) and Gokul Kalyanasundaram (Homestead High School) received honorable mentions by the judges.
The 2014 Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge
Student poster viewing by J. David Gladstone employees
Honorable mention prizes
– Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, Chair, Select Committee on Biotechnology
Career panel featured:
– Dineli Wickramasinghe, PhD (Moderator) Executive Director, Amgen Research
– Alex Calder, BioPharma Specialist, Proteomics Technologies, Bio-Rad Laboratories
– Colleen Cutcliff, Co-Founder and CEO, Whole Biome, Inc.
– Robin Mansukhan, Co-Founder and CEO, Alzeca Biosciences
– Seth Michelson, Senior Director of Nonclinical Biostatistics, Genomic Health, Inc.
– Vesna Mitchell, Senior Scientist, Codexis, Inc.
Local Challenge Awards:
First place: $2,000
Second place: $1,000
Third place: $500
Local Challenge Judges:
Colleen Cutcliffe, Co-Founder and CEO, Whole Biome, Inc.
Sarah Fernandes, Research Scientist, Gilead
Paul Kassner, Scientific Director, Amgen
Gene Mullin, former California State Assembly Member
Keith Wilson, Director of Biologics Technologies, Abbvie Biotechnologies
The first place winner of the Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge (and his/her chaperone) received an all-expenses paid trip to compete against other regional winners at the International BioGENEius Challenge (see below).*
The International BioGENEius Challenge
U.S. International BioGENEius Challenge
When: June 23, 2014
Where: BIO International Convention, San Diego, CA
International Challenge Awards:
First place: $7,500
Second place $5,000
Third place $2,500
Fourth place $1,000
Honorable Mention Award $500