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Laboratory Focus May 2013

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PHARMACEUTICAL CLINICAL CHEMICAL FOOD w w w. l a b o r a t o r y f o c u s . c a MAY 2013 Volume 17, Number 3 Pathogens in Food Microbiology Choline in Infant Formula Page 7 Page 10 The Path Towards Culture Free On-site Detection ENVIRONMENT Ion Chromatography and Suppressed Conductivity R&D News.......................... 1 Pharma Notes..................... 5 Appointments..................... 6 New Products................... 16 Calendar........................... 17 App Reviews...................... 18 BC STUDENT TAKES FOURTH PLACE PRIZE AT INTERNATIONAL BIOGENEIUS CHALLENGE Selin Jessa of Coquitlam, B.C. finished in fourth place, taking home the $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. The 17-year-old Jessa competed against fellow Canadian Arjun Nair of Calgary, 10 finalists from the US BioGENEius Challenge and two students from the Western Australia version of the competition. Jessa and Nair won the opportunity to compete at BIO by taking the second and first prizes respectively in the national competition of the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada held in April. Jessa's 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. Jessa 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. Publications Mail Registration Number: 40052410 Third from left, Selin Jessa, 17, Grade 12, Dr. Charles Best Secondary School in Coquitlam with Simon Fraser University mentors (l-r): Anh Le (graduate student, SFU Faculty of Health Sciences)Xiaomei (Tallie) Kuang (graduate student, SFU Faculty of Science)Zabrina L. Brumme, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University. Photo: Greg Ehlers, Creative Services, Simon Fraser University. This latest award brings the Grade 12 student's cash prizes to a total of $7,500 from the provincial, national and international BioGENEius Challenge competitions. She attends Dr. Charles Best Secondary School in Coquitlam, BC and carried out her research at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Natalie Ng, of Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, CA, emerged as the first place winner in the international challenge and earned the top prize, a $7,500 cash award. Launched at BIO's first international conference in Toronto in 1994, the BioGENEius Challenge also celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. Among the judges in this year's international competition was Robert Merson, a participant in that first competition and now a consultant in the biotechnology industry. Also attending BIO was Ted Paranjothy of Manitoba, who won the provincial, Canadian and international BioGENEius Challenges in 2007. Paranjothy was the guest speaker at a luncheon hosted by Gowlings, a Canadian legal firm, and also spoke with the American, Canadian and Australian BioGENEius competitors about his academic and work career since winning all three awards. Both the US national and international BioGENEius Challenge competitions are organized by the Washington-based Biotechnology Institute, the national organization dedicated to biotechnology education, and sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi; and Janssen. Further support for the BioGENEius Challenge is provided by International Supporters: The Astellas Foundation, BIO, Genentech and MedImmune; and U.S. National Supporters: Acorda Therapeutics, The Allergan Foundation and Sangamo BioSciences. To see this story online visit www.laboratoryfocus.ca/ bc-student-takes-fourth-placeprize-at-international-biogeneiuschallenge/

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