Scottsdale student named as a finalist in international competition

The Biotechnology Institute announced the 28 student winners, one of which being a student from Scottsdale, who will advance to the final stages of the 2015 BioGENEius Challenge next week at the 2015 Biotechnology Industry Organization Annual Convention in Philadelphia.

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Anvita Gupta

Anvita Gupta from BASIS Scottsdale, 11440 N. 136th St., has been named as one of the 28 finalists to compete in the International BioGENEIUS Challenge.

The BioGENEius Challenge is the premier competition for high school students from across the globe that recognizes outstanding research and innovation in biotechnology.  New this year, the students will be recognized for their efforts in three different challenge tracks–global healthcare, sustainability and the environment.

Ms. Gupta’s research focuses on research and discovery of drugs to help speed up drug creation for diseases like cancer, tuberculosis and Ebola, according to a press release. The Challenge provides young STEM innovators and entrepreneurs a venue to showcase their research, in addition to helping them build a long-term support system for converting their dreams into reality.

Ms. Gupta will be in the running to win the first place cash prize of $7,500 while in Philadelphia, according to the release.

The addition of these three new BioGENEius Challenges is part of a new strategic initiative to expand the depth and impact of the program. Finalists from each track will join industry professionals at the BIO International Convention.

On June 13, the finalists will participate in one round of judging for the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge.  The U.S. finalists will then compete against elite high school students from Canada and Germany in the International BioGENEius Challenge, according to the release.

During the competition, students will present highly advanced and innovative research projects that address a variety of real world challenges – including treatment and prevention of the onset of skin cancer, development of a new plastic creation process that is cheaper and more sustainable, and creation of natural pest control systems that can minimize costs associated with traditional methods (pesticides, insecticides) while maximizing environmental conscientiousness.

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