California Life Sciences Institute Names 2017 Winner of Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Competition

Mythri Ambatipudi Advances to San Diego to Compete against Top
Students from across the Nation and Canada

Life Sciences Institute (CLSI)
today named Saint Francis High
School, Grade 11, Mythri Ambatipudi of Mountain View as the winner of
the 2017 Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge, the premier competition
for high school students that recognizes outstanding research and
innovation in the biotechnology field. CLSI is the nonprofit partner of
the California
Life Sciences Association (CLSA)
, and supports the foundations of
innovation – workforce development, STEM education and entrepreneurship
– that have made California home to the world’s most prominent life
sciences ecosystem.

As the Bay Area BioGENEius finalist, Mythri will attend the 2017 BIO
International Convention in San Diego, the industry’s trade conference,
where she will engage with leading companies, scientists and innovators
currently transforming the scientific landscape to gain invaluable
insights into an industry making significant contributions to the world.
While in San Diego, Ms. Ambatipudi 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.

Gaeun Kim, from Stanford University Online High School in Stanford, and
Lekha Pillarisetti, from Doughtery Valley High School in San Ramon, took
home second and third place, respectively. Sophia Sydir, from Leland
High School in San Jose, Dipashreya Sur, from Notre Dame High School in
Belmont, and Saurabh Narain, from Mission San Jose High School in
Fremont, received Honorable Mentions.

“The BioGENEius 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 Lori Lindburg, President & CEO, California Life Sciences Institute
(CLSI). “CLSI is excited to cheer on Mythri in San Diego at the 2017 BIO
International Convention as we already know that her research has great
potential to help society as well as inspire others to pursue research

For the second year in a row, Amgen in South San Francisco hosted the
signature competition. In addition to the judging of student poster
presentations, CLSI’s Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge included a
keynote address by Ms. Daljit Bains, Deputy Director in the Office of
Permit Assistance in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic
Development, as well as a Career Panel, lunch with Amgen scientists and
a poster viewing and reception with Amgen employees.

“Amgen is delighted to support the California Life Sciences Institute’s
Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge. Each year we are amazed with the
caliber of these remarkable students, their scientific abilities,
intellectual curiosity and boundless determination,” said Aarif Khakoo,
Site Head and Vice President, Cardiometabolic Discovery Research, Amgen
South San Francisco. “It’s energizing for our Amgen scientists to
interact with the students, and to share in their enthusiasm for science
and the excitement of discovery. Congratulations to all of the Challenge

The International BioGENEius Challenge is organized by the Biotechnology
Institute. “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

Winners will be announced during the Tuesday, June 20th,
keynote at the 2017 BIO International Convention. The winners will
receive a $7,500 cash prize.

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

About California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI)

California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI) supports the foundations of
innovation that have made California home to the world’s most prominent
life sciences ecosystem. With a focus on the San Francisco Bay Area,
CLSI’s mission is to maintain California’s leadership in life sciences
innovation through support of entrepreneurship, education and career
development. CLSI serves as the west coast accelerator for CARB-X, the
world’s largest public-private partnership devoted to combating
antimicrobial resistance. CLSI is an affiliate of the California Life
Sciences Association (CLSA), which represents California’s leading life
sciences organizations. The California Life Sciences Institute is a
nonprofit 501(c)(3), and was established in 1990 as the BayBio
Institute. Learn more at

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


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