SWIFTWATER, Pa., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Sanofi Pasteur,
the vaccines division of Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE:
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
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
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