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Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius first place winner Mythri Ambatipudi (center), Dr. Aarif Khakoo, Site Head Amgen San Francisco (left), Ms. Daljit Bains, Deputy Director, Office of Permit Assistance, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (right)


From left, Ms. Daljit Bains, Deputy Director, Office of Permit Assistance, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development; Honorable Mentions, Saurabh Narain, Sophia Sydir, and Dipashreya Sur; Lekha Pillarisetti (third place); Mythri Ambatipudi (first place); Gaeun Kim (second place); Dr. Aarif Khakoo, Site Head Amgen San Francisco’ Lori Lindburg, President & CEO, CLSI




On April 20, CLSI announced Mythri Ambatipudi of Saint Francis High School in Mountain View as the first place winner in CLSI’s 2017 Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge, the annual competition that recognizes outstanding high school student research in the biosciences. As the Bay Area BioGENEius finalist, Mythri received a prize of $2000 and will advance to compete in the International BioGENEius Challenge, which will be held at the 2017 BIO International Convention in San Diego in June.

Gaeun Kim, from Stanford University Online High School in Stanford, and Lekha Pillarisetti, from Doughtery Valley High School in San Ramon, took home second ($1000) and third ($500) place, respectively. Sophia Sydir, from Leland High School in San Jose, Dipashreya Sur, from Notre Dame High School in Belmont, and Saurabh Narain, from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont received Honorable Mentions.

For the second year in a row, Amgen in South San Francisco hosted the signature competition.  In addition to the judging of student poster presentations, CLSI’s Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge included a keynote address by Ms. Daljit Bains, Deputy Director in the Office of Permit Assistance in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, as well as a Career Panel, lunch with Amgen scientists and a poster viewing and reception with Amgen employees.

“Amgen is delighted to support the California Life Sciences Institute’s Amgen Bay Area BioGENius Challenge. Each year we are amazed with the caliber of these remarkable students, their scientific abilities, intellectual curiosity and boundless determination,” said Aarif Khakoo, Site Head and Vice President, Cardiometabolic Discovery Research, Amgen South San Francisco. “It’s energizing for our Amgen scientists to interact with the students, and to share in their enthusiasm for science and the excitement of discovery. Congratulations to all of the Challenge participants.”

Winners of the International BioGENEius Challenge will be announced during the Tuesday, June 20th keynote at the 2017 BIO International Convention.  The winners will receive a $7,500 cash prize.

Read the full press release here.

U.S. International BioGENEius Challenge

When: June 18-21, 2017

Where:  BIO International Convention, San Diego, CA

International Challenge Awards:

  • First place: $7,500


Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge Contact:

Leah Jordan, BioGENEius Contact, California Life Sciences Institute,, (650) 871-3251.

International BioGENEius Challenge Contact:

Quinta Jackson, Biotechnology Institute,