Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC), Celebrating 20 years

Southwestern Ontario

Southwestern Ontario’s Top Biotech Teens are recognized by Regional 2014 Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC) Awards

May 2, 2014

Guelph, ON – May 1, 2014 - 20 students squared off in this year’s Regional 2014 “Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC),” each of them presenting their biotechnology research and life-changing discoveries. The competition was hosted by the University of Guelph through the College of Biological Science. Projects ranged from the of testing new therapies for beast […]

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Tips for time management, lab work, and presenting your project at the competition

January 16, 2014

Guest blog by Adrian Chan, 2009 and 2010 SBCC alumnus Time Management The SBCC is a huge time commitment for high school students who already have to juggle school, part-time jobs, and other extra-curricular studies. You’ll have to work out a schedule that fits both yours and the lab members’ since you will need supervision […]

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Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada Alumni: Interview with Adrian Chan

January 9, 2014

Adrian Chan participated in the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada in 2009 and 2010. His project in 2009 examined the role of the protein TRIM22 in inhibiting HIV replication. Currently working on a degree in Microbiology and Immunology at Western University and interning at Sanofi Pasteur, Adrian strongly believes that his participation in the SBCC has […]

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Lastest News about SBCC

July 3, 2013

Dear Friends, Partners and Supporters: On behalf of the Board of Directors of Bioscience Education Canada (BEC), I am writing to advise you that BEC has decided not to continue as the national program manager for the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC). As you may know, the future of the SBCC program has been somewhat […]

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A marker in medicine’s quest for the holy grail of leukaemia treatments: limitless supplies of healthy stem cells

April 5, 2013

Southwestern Ontario, Melanie Grondin, 17, Shawn Liu, 18, Vincent Massey Secondary School, Windsor More than 25,000 bone marrow transplants are done annually to treat leukaemia and other life-threatening diseases. One of the biggest obstacles to success is getting enough of a matching donor’s healthy blood-forming cells from living bone marrow. Since donors often cannot donate […]

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Melanie Grondin and Shawn Liu of Vincent Massey Secondary School in Windsor took the $2,000 first prize in the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge in Southwestern Ontario

March 28, 2013

Melanie Grondin and Shawn Liu of Vincent Massey Secondary School in Windsor took the $2,000 first prize in the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge in Southwestern Ontario. Their research involved expanding bone marrow stem cells for transplantation. They also won a $500 Genomics Awards and a $500 award for the Best New School in this year’s competition. […]

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Electric enthusiasm, SBCC Mentor Profiles, Drs. Ian Tetlow and Peter Krell, Southwestern Ontario

March 13, 2013

Drs. Ian Tetlow and Peter Krell, Professors, Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Guelph Electric enthusiasm High school students bring high voltage enthusiasm and creativity to the labs of University of Guelph research scientists participating in the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC).

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A tiny particle, big research and a life-changing experience, SBCC Alumni Profiles, Janelle Tam, Southwestern Ontario

March 12, 2013

A tiny particle, big research and a life-changing experience Last year, Janelle Tam, then a 16-year-old Waterloo student, got the world’s attention when she won the top national prize in the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC). Her project described the anti-ageing potential of a nano compound found in wood pulp, capturing the imagination of many […]

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Southwestern Ontario Projects 2013

February 20, 2013

1. Name: Naima Raiza School: Northern Collegiate Institute, Sarnia Title: Investigating the Variables that Affect the Celliobiase Degradation of Cellulose Description: In this project, the two most abundant organic compounds on Earth, cellulose and hemicellulose, will be degraded by bacteria using cellulose-rich cotton and hemicellulose-rich wheat straw sources. The speed and efficiency of breakdown for […]

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Southwestern Ontario, Student discovers powerful anti-oxidant in tree pulp

April 27, 2012

Canada’s next big technological and health breakthrough might come from cellulose, the woody material found in trees that enables them to stand. Cellulose is made up of tiny nanoparticles called nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) that are measured in thousandths of the width of a human hair. Only recently discovered, Waterloo’s 16 year old Janelle Tam is […]

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