British Columbia’s Top Biotech Teens 2014

Vancouver, BC – April 24, 2014 – 16 students squared off in this year’s Regional 2014 “Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC),” each of them presenting their biotechnology research and life-changing discoveries.

All of the students are deserving of recognition for their research, however five students have been named the regional winners.

In the lab: Nicole Ticea, Gursev Anmole (SFU Grad student), and Dr. Mark Brockman (SFU Faculty mentor)

In the lab: Nicole Ticea, Gursev Anmole (SFU Grad student), and Dr. Mark Brockman (SFU Faculty mentor)

First prize was awarded to Nicole Ticea of York House School in Vancouver who studied “Isothermal Nucleic Acid Amplification System for Point-of-Care HIV Diagnosis.”

Second prize went to Lena Choi of Dr. Charles Best Secondary School in Coquitlam who studied “Enzymes vs Chemicals: Exploiting Specificity to Boost the Efficiency of Dissolving Pulp Production.”

Third prize went to Marissa Lee of York House School in Vancouver who studied “Prevalence and Consequences of GNA13 Mutations in Primary Mediastinal Large B-Cell Lymphoma.” Marissa was also awarded with the “Genome British Columbia Genomics Prize,” a prize that displays excellence in genomics research.

Forth prize went to Lasya Vankayala of David Thompson Secondary School in Burnaby who studied “The Effect of UVA Light on the Healing Time of Skin Fibroblast Cells: A Study of Wound Healing Dynamics.”

A special prize, the “Discovery Parks Commercialization Award” for the project with the most commercial potential was awarded to Austin Wang of David Thompson Secondary School in Vancouver and his project titled “Analyzing Changes in Bacterial Communities in Microbial Fuel Cells.” Austin also scored 5th in the overall competition.

The winner of this competition, Nicole Ticea, will enter the national competition held at the headquarters of the National Research Council in Ottawa, on May 22, 2014, followed by the SBCC National Awards Ceremony, co-presented with the Partners In Research National Awards, on May 23, 2014.


About the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC)

The Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC) is a national, biotechnology research competition that encourages high school and CEGEP students to pursue future studies and careers in the exciting field of biotechnology. Coordinated by Partners In Research, the initiative is sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur Limited, Sanofi Canada, the Ontario Government (Ministry of Research & Innovation), York University, the National Research Council Canada/Conseil national de recherches Canada (NRC-CNRC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada (CIHR-IRSC) and Genome Canada.