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BIO’s International Convention was packed with compelling keynote speeches, and dozens of fireside chats and breakout sessions featuring global biotech and pharma leaders who discussed everything from trends in biotech dealmaking to the latest on Capitol Hill.

But it’s not just the pursuit of the next breakthrough medicine or technology that our industry is focused on – we’re looking for the next brilliant scientist or savvy entrepreneur to help bring these cures across the finish line. And when Shaness Grenald, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins University stopped by the BIO Buzz Center, it became clear that the future of our industry is brighter than ever before.

Shaness is part of the Scientist Mentoring and Diversity Program (SMDP), a component of the International Center for Professional Development (ICDP) which is a one year career mentoring program that pairs ethnically diverse students and early career researchers with industry mentors, who typically work at companies in the medical technology, biotechnology and consumer healthcare industries. Check out the video below to learn more about her story.

Also making headlines at BIO 2018 was Sajeev Kohli – an 11th grade student from Waterloo, Ontario who was named the grand prize winner of the International BioGENEius Challenge. Each year, this premier competition for high school students recognizes outstanding research and innovation in biotechnology, which is judged by a group of academic and industry experts.

Sajeev’s’s research on recruiting endogenous proteins for site-specific transport as a novel gene carrier design stood out among the impressive research from his 15 fellow finalists and along with the top honor, Sajeev was rewarded with a cash prize of $7,500. Watch the video below to learn more about his efforts.

Over the course of Convention, the BIO Buzz Center captured incredible stories from both current and future leaders in biotechnology. You can view all the videos on YouTube by clicking here.

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