SWIFTWATER, Pa., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN andNYSE: SNY), offers its congratulations to the four winners of the International BioGENEius Challenge, a competition for high school students who demonstrate an exemplary understanding of biotechnology through science research projects.
Sanofi Pasteur has sponsored the International BioGENEius Challenge since its inception in the early 1990s. Sanofi Pasteur scientists also served as judges for the US finals and the International finals competitions that were held during the BIO International Convention, which is the largest global event for the biotechnology industry, attracting between 14,000 and 20,000 attendees each year.
"Tomorrow's scientific discoveries depend upon society's ability to develop scientists today," notes Damian Braga, Sanofi Pasteur's senior vice president, global commercial operations, vaccines. "Science-based corporations need to do all we can to encourage and support young students' interest in the sciences and this competition is one way to do that."
The 2011 winners of the International BioGENEius Challenge are:
First place – Prarthana Dalal from Shawnee Mission East High School in Leawood, Kan. Her project was Modeling of human non-deletional hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin (HPFH) conditions in Beta-globin locus transgenic mouse models: The -175 (T to C) and -195 (C to G) A-gamma globin gene point mutations.
Second place – Nathan Kondamuri from Munster High School in Dyer, Ind. His project was A Novel Biofuel Cell Based On Direct Electron Transfer-Type Bioelectrocatalysis Incorporating the Efficient System of Photophosphorylation.
Third place – David Campeau from Mayo High School in Rochester, Minn. His project was Brain Computer Interface.
Fourth place – Jenna Pappalardo from Satellite High School in Merritt Island, Fla. Her project was Meddling with RGS17.
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