National Saonfi Biogenius Canada Challenge Winner New Westminster Student

May 3, 2016
VANCOUVER, B.C., May 3, 2016 – Iveta Demirova, a 16 year old science student from New Westminster Secondary School in New Westminster, B.C., has won the national 1st place prize at the prestigious Sanofi Biogenius Canada (SBC) competition. Her project, “Exploring the Development of Antibody-Scaffolded Membrane-Fusion inhibitors for HIV-1 Therapy” took top prize amongst nine other regional competitors from across the country. She was mentored by Dr. Ralph Pantophlet of Simon Fraser University.

The national competition in its 22nd year, held at the National Research Council in Ottawa on May 2- 3, was judged by some of Canada preeminent scientists. The participating high school science students from across the country, competed for the top science prize awarded once a year by Sanofi.

Ms. Demirova, said that her interest in immunology was sparked by a biology summer camp she attended in ninth grade, where she learned about the immune system, antibodies and viruses. “With every article I read, I became increasingly inspired by the astounding intricacy of our body’s defenses and the equal sophistication of the pathogens that attack us, and was interested in gaining more lab experience.” she said after winning.

Iveta, will now progress to the 2016 International Biogenius Challenge at the BIO International Convention in San Francisco June 7-9, 2016.


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