BioGENEius Challenge

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.

The Champions of Science Storytelling Challenge—BioGENEius Edition was open exclusively to alumni of the Biotechnology Institute’s BioGENEius Challenge—an international biotechnology competition held annually for high school students. An independent selection committee of scientists, journalists and science policy leaders chose the four winning stories. Johnson & Johnson has been a longtime supporter of the BioGENEius Challenge as part of our commitment to fuel a strong and diverse pipeline of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.

Winner Profiles

Join us in celebrating the winners of the inaugural Champions of Science Storytelling Challenge—BioGENEius Edition. Read their inspirational winning stories below.
Anvita Gupta, a computer science major from Stanford University, studies artificial intelligence and computational drug discovery in healthcare, including research into drugs for the treatment of cancer, TB and Ebola. Anvita was the 2015 first-place winner of the International BioGENEius Global Healthcare Challenge.
Jeremy Hsu, Ph.D., is an instructional assistant professor at Chapman University in California, where he teaches courses in molecular genetics, biotechnology, evolution and more. Jeremy was a 2007 state winner of the Florida BioGENEius Challenge.
Emily Wang is a software engineer at Facebook and was the 2014 winner of the International BioGENEius Challenge. A graduate of Harvard University, Emily began biomedical lab research while still in high school and is credited with the development of mRuby3, to date, the brightest red fluorescent protein.
A 2013 International BioGENEius Challenge winner, Rena is currently a water resources engineer at Wenck Associates in Minnesota, where she works on projects to solve environmental and water resources challenges in the Midwest.
The judges of the BioGENEius Alumni Edition were quite impressed by the runner-ups. We’re delighted to share their inspiring stories.
We launched Champions of Science®, a multifaceted initiative, to convene and catalyze champions of science and engage people of all generations and backgrounds to see the unlimited opportunities that science brings.

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