BioGENEius Award Winners
Fueling the Next Generation of Innovators
Fueling the Next Generation of Innovators

o advance healthcare innovation for everyone, everywhere, the world needs a strong and diverse pipeline of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs. The medical challenges the world faces today require the brightest minds, out-of-the-box thinkers and enthusiastic problem-solvers to develop breakthrough solutions. We are proud to work with many partners to fuel the passion and create opportunities for the next generation of innovators.

Supporting Outstanding Young Scientists & Entrepreneurs

Johnson & Johnson has been a long-standing supporter of the Biotechnology Institute’s BioGENEius Challenge, which provides high school students the opportunity to compete and be recognized for outstanding research in biotechnology. Students have the opportunity to apply and compete for top honors in the Global Healthcare Challenge (Medical Biotechnology), the Global Sustainability Challenge (Agricultural Biotechnology) or the Global Environment Challenge (Industrial/Environmental Biotechnology).

Each year, finalists of the challenge from across the country and the globe gather for a week of learning and networking during the BIO Annual Convention. Take a look below to learn about past BioGENEius Challenge winners and their innovative projects.

Inspiring and Showcasing Women in STEM

In 2019, participants of the 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures program were invited to take part in the Superheroes of STEM essay contest, which asked them to share stories about modern-day women in STEM who inspire them. Read their essays and watch their videos.


The 2019 Champions of Science—Superheroes of STEM Essay Contest winner and finalists share a moment at the Global STEM Alliance annual event with Seema Kumar, Vice President of Innovation, Global Health and Science Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson.

Voices of Future Innovators

Superstars of STEM 2019: Salma Alrowaie

Women in STEM have been underrepresented for as long as I can remember. If we incorporate more women in media, if we talk more about girls in STEM, I think that that’s the type of diversity that we need in order to grow, as not only people but to develop our world as a whole.

Superstars of STEM 2019: Sriya Lingampalli

It’s important to tell these stories … To be able to provide role models to the next future generations, to show that women are impacting the STEM industries.

Superstars of STEM 2019 Alexa Loste

Just to be able to study the universe around us at a macro and micro level … I find super amazing.

Superstars of STEM 2019: Larina Vancea

Science is everywhere, it’s all around us, that’s why I want to discover more.

Superstars of STEM 2019: Jaslyn Wee

Science is a systematic way of satisfying curiosities and finding ways and solutions that could impact and help millions of people all over the world.

Featured Innovation Stories

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