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Georgia Bio Names Gwinnett School of Math, Science, & Technology Senior, Georgia BioGENEius Finalist

Monday, April 4, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Atlanta, GA (April 4, 2016) – Georgia Bio and the Georgia BioEd Institute today named Gwinnett School of Math, Science, & Technology Senior Simran Modi of Lawrenceville, GA as the winner of the 2016 Georgia BioGENEius Challenge, the premier competition for high school students that recognizes outstanding research and innovation in the biotechnology field.  As Georgia’s BioGENEius finalist, Ms. Modi will attend the 2016 BIO International Convention in San Francisco, the industry’s trade conference, where she will engage 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.

While in San Francisco, Ms. Modi will compete against students from the U.S., Canada and Germany in the International BioGENEius Challenge. The projects presented will represent a range of biotechnology topics such as healthcare, agriculture, and the environment. 

“The Challenge highlights the breakthroughs made when we invest and encourage our younger generations to pursue their ideas. These students are facing the world’s greatest problems head on and providing solutions to heal, feed, and fuel people and the environment,” said Georgia Bio President and CEO Russell Allen. “Georgia Bio is excited to cheer Simran on in San Francisco at the 2016 BIO International Convention as we already know that her research has great potential to help society as well as inspire others to pursue research projects.”

“Our mission is to engage and excite student innovators by creating an environment that allows them to showcase their talents and help accelerate their development as the next-generation of scientists. The BioGENEius Challenges encourage students to apply their scientific knowledge to solve some of society’s most pressing issues through biotechnology, allowing them to see the tremendous potential they have to make change in the world,” said Dr. Lawrence Mahan, President of Biotechnology Institute. “We bring students, mentors and industry leaders together to promote excellence in scientific research from the best and brightest minds in the next generation of biotechnology innovators.”

Ms. Modi’s project was selected because her research focuses on Novel Machine Learning Algorithms for Early Diagnosis of Melanoma. This project aims to create a statistical and numerical method to diagnose skin cancer. The goal is to implement this software in an app and provide it to the public as well as to dermatologists.

Georgia Bio would also like to congratulate the runner-up, Christine Liu of The Westminster Schools for her outstanding project entitled, Application of a Machine Learning Logistic Regression Algorithm in a Classification Model to Predict Epileptic Seizures.  Ms. Liu and all of the competitors presented engaging and innovative projects.

Judging the 2016 Georgia BioGENEius were Jamie L. Graham, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton; Stephen MacDonald, Patent Agent, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Intellectual Property Practice Group, King & Spalding; and Stefan Schulze, Associate Director at UGA’s Innovation Gateway.

The Georgia BioGENEius Challenge is made possible through the sponsorship of King & Spalding and the firm’s Women in IP group. The women IP partners support and have an interest in continuing to identify programs that encourage girls and young women to pursue scientific and technical educations.  For more information, click here.

Winners will be announced during the Tuesday, June 7th keynote at the 2016 BIO International Convention.  The winners will receive a $7,500 cash prize.

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Follow the BioGENEius Challenge: Throughout the challenge, @BiotechInstitut will be tweeting interviews, photos, and engaging with the biotechnology community by using the hashtag #BioGENEius.

About the Biotechnology Institute
The Biotechnology Institute is an independent, national nonprofit organization dedicated to education about the present and future impact of biotechnology.  Its mission is to engage, excite and educate the public, particularly students and teachers, about biotechnology and its immense potential for solving human health, food and environmental problems.  For more information, visit

About the GeorgiaBioEd Institute
The Georgia BioEd Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization serving educational purposes in support of Georgia’s life science community. The Georgia BioEd Institute serves the life science community in through best practice dissemination, entrepreneurial support, workforce development, and bioscience education initiatives. The Georgia BioEd Institute is a division of Georgia Bio, the private, non-profit association that promotes the life sciences industry and university research in Georgia. Learn more at |


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