Thursday, May 01, 2014

CBSA Names Logan Collins, Fairview High School Junior, As Colorado’s BioGENEius Finalist

Logan Collins Advances to San Diego to Compete Against Top Students From Across the Nation and Canada 

Denver, CO – May 1, 2014 -- Logan Collins, a junior at Boulder’s Fairview High School, was named winner of Colorado’s 2014 BioGENEius Challenge at a statewide competition held during April at the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair in Fort Collins.

The announcement is made by Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) President and CEO April Giles, who says, “This is the first year for the competition in Colorado. We’re proud that Logan will represent our state and move on to compete against students from the U.S. and Canada at the International BioGENEius Challenge, held June 20-24 at the 2014 BIO International Convention in San Diego.”

The title of Collins’ presentation is: “The Conjugative Plasmid RK2 As a Delivery System for Artificial AnatheriaH Genes: A Novel Synthetic Biology Alternative to Traditional Antibiotics.” As the Colorado winner, Collins receives a travel stipend for the San Diego competition, along with one chaperone.

The first place winner in the International competition will receive a $7,500 cash prize, the second place winner will receive $5,000, the third place winner will receive $2,500 and the fourth place winner will receive $1,000.

The Challenge provides students with the biotechnology skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the Biotech Industry in the future. The competition is sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of leading global pharmaceutical company Sanofi, and Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.

Link to the full release

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