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BayBio Institute Names Amgen Bay Area Winners
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Vaishnavi Shrivastava of Mission San Jose High School, and Ayan Bandyopadhyay of Bellarmine College Preparatory were named as the first and second-place winners of the 2015 Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge, the premier competition for high school students recognizing outstanding research in biotechnology.

As the Bay Area BioGENEiuses, Vaishnavi and Ayan will gain insider access to the biotechnology industry by attending the 2015 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia, the industry’s top trade conference, where leading companies, scientists and innovators will offer them valuable advice and first-hand experience on the limitless possibilities within one of the world’s most innovative industries.

The BioGENEius Challenge is our opportunity to showcase the extraordinary talent of our region’s most promising high school science students and to expose students to leading Bay Area life science professionals. This June, BayBio will be cheering on Vaishnavi and Ayan at the 2015 BIO International Convention as we already know that their current and future research has an opportunity to make a noteworthy contribution to the world.

Maya Varma of Presentation High School, also took home third-place honors in the Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge. Anand Chukka, Pravin Ravishanker, and Swetha Revanur of Lynbrook High School, Bellarmine College Preparatory, and Evergreen Valley High School, respectively, received Honorable Mentions.

Left to Right: Anand Chukka (Hon. Mention), Swetha Revanur (Hon. Mention), Pravin Ravishanker (Hon. Mention), Maya Varma (3rd Place), Vaishnavi Shrivastava (1st Place),  Ayan Bandyopadhyay (2nd Place)
Left to Right: Anand Chukka (Hon. Mention), Swetha Revanur (Hon. Mention), Pravin Ravishanker (Hon. Mention), Maya Varma (3rd Place), Vaishnavi Shrivastava (1st Place), Ayan Bandyopadhyay (2nd Place)

The Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge includes:

  • Project presentation to a panel of bio industry professionals
  • Awards ceremony with cash awards:
    • First place: $2,000
    • Second place $1,000
    • Third place $500

Vaishnavi and Ayan will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete against other regional winners in Philadelphia, PA at the US National and, if successful, the International BioGENEius Challenges held at the Biotechnology Industry Organization International Convention on June 12-16, 2015. The first place winner in the International competition will receive a $7,500 cash prize, along with unparalleled access to leading companies, scientists and innovators in biotechnology.

Through their generous sponsorship of this year’s Challenge, leading biopharmaceutical company Amgen is taking an active role in shaping the future of the biotechnology industry. The Challenge was held at the Gladstone Institutes in Mission Bay, San Francisco on April 14, 2015.

Click here to view this press release on BusinessWire.

Follow the National and International BioGENEius Challenges: Throughout the challenge, @BiotechInstitut will be tweeting interviews, photos, and engaging with the biotechnology community by using the hashtag #BioGENEius.