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VA BioGENEius Challenge Winner Chosen as Finalist

Wednesday, June 21, 2017  
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Broad Run High School Junior, Marissa Sumathipala of Ashburn was introduced during a plenary session of the BIO International Convention as a finalist in the 2017 International BioGENEius Challenge. She competed against students from the U.S., Canada and Germany this week managing rigorous interviews by renowned judges from international companies like Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi. Her research focuses on Cardiometabolic disease, a cluster of correlated diseases which increases risk for heart disease. Be Inspired by the 2017 BioGENEius Challenge video here.

Marissa was selected initially by the Virginia Bioscience Foundation, the charitable foundation of Virginia Bio, as the Virginia BioGENEius Challenge winner in March, earning the trip to San Diego to compete. She spent the week engaging with leading companies, scientists and innovators currently transforming the scientific landscape, in order to gain invaluable insights into an industry making significant contributions to the world.

The BioGENEius Challenge is the premier competition for high school students that recognizes outstanding research and innovation in the biotechnology field. The Virginia Bioscience Foundation has been participating in the competition as a local partner producing and promoting the state level competition since 2011. The program has been highly successful producing three international challenge finalists in its six years of participation.

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