Celebrating Canadian research, outreach, and innovation

Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada National Awards and Partners in Research National Awards to be held as co-event celebrating Canadian research, outreach, and innovation

To kick off 2014, Partners in Research, Key Managing Partner of the SBCC, is delighted to announce that the 21st annual Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC) National Competition Awards will be co-presented with the 2nd annual Partners in Research National Awards (PIRNA) on May 23, 2014 at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre.

The SBCC national competition will also be held in Ottawa on the preceding evening of May 22, 2014 at the National Research Council, where winners from each of the nine regional competitions will contend for Canada’s ultimate student biotechnology science prizes. Read more

BC student takes 4th place prize at International BioGENEius Challenge

Coquitlam girl, 17, investigated how genetic mutations naturally help some HIV patients escape symptoms

Chicago, IL April 23, 2103 – Selin Jessa of Coquitlam, B.C. has been awarded the fourth place, $1,000 prize in this year’s International BioGENEius Challenge science competition for high school students at the Biotechnology Industry Association’s annual conference in Chicago.

Her research involved genetic variations found among a rare few HIV-infected patients, known as “elite controllers”, whose immune systems naturally control common symptoms of the virus. The immune responses of elite controllers are so effective that HIV can only survive through mutations that compromise its ability to replicate. Selin engineered a mutant version of a specific HIV protein, an important step in identifying these viral mutations that may help design vaccines or other HIV therapies.

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Student, 16, Progresses Experimental Way to Kill Cancer with Gold Nano “Bullets,” Marvels Experts

Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, Toronto, Manitoba take top prizes in 20th Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada

Raising scientists: SBCC celebrates 20 years of inspiring studies and careers in Canada’s $86 billion biotech industry

OTTAWA, April 9, 2013 – Cutting edge research into an experimental therapy that deploys nano-particles of gold to kill cancer cells earned an Alberta high school student, 16, top national honours today in the 2013 “Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada” (SBCC).

His research project, mentored at the University of Calgary, advances an experimental cancer “photothermal therapy” which involves injecting a patient with gold nanoparticles. The particles accumulate in tumours, forming so-called “nano-bullets” that can be heated to kill cancer cells.India-born Arjun Nair, 16, a Grade 11 student at Webber Academy, Calgary, was awarded the top prize of $5,000 by a panel of eminent Canadian scientists assembled at the Ottawa headquarters of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).

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Canada’s youth bring real-life science innovations to life as 11 regional winners head to Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada national competition

20th annual SBCC National Awards take place in Ottawa on April 9 with the Hon. Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Hon. Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology

TORONTO, ON, April 5th, 2012 – After months of preparation, research and collaboration with top university mentors, an elite group of 11 high school whiz kids from across the country will be in Ottawa April 8-9 competing for Canada’s ultimate student biotechnology science prizes in the 2013 Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC).

Over 4,500 young scientists have participated in the “Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada” since its inception 20 years ago. The SBCC varies from other science competitions as students are given access to high quality lab equipment and are paired with mentors. For the last 20 years, the competition has been giving aspiring young scientists the chance to develop research that can lead them towards a career in science, making it a win for all of those involved.

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