BioGENEius

BioGENEius

The 2014 Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge

2013 Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius ChallengeThe Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge recognizes high school students conducting outstanding life science research. The 2014 Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge is now complete.  

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.

Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius winner Emily Wang with the sponsors of the International BioGENEius Challenge in San Diego.

Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius winner Emily Wang with the sponsors of the International BioGENEius Challenge in San Diego.

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

 

Included:
Student poster viewing by J. David Gladstone employees
Awards ceremony
Honorable mention prizes

Keynote Address:
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