Congratulations to Jessica Wickware who won the 1st Prize ($2000) at the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC) competition.

The 2014 SBCC – Alberta Competition, held in the Telus Centre at the University of Alberta, show-cased 12 teams of young scientists and their work of the past six months ‘to change the world’ (motto of the competition). As the 1st Prize winner, Jessica will be representing Alberta at the SBCC 2014 National Competition and Awards held  in Ottawa May 22-23, 2014.

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Jessica receiving her prize from Franca Mancino (Vice-President, Sanofi Canada)

Jessica started her interactions with the Derda research group as part of our High-School Outreach with Harry Ainlay School in 2012-2013. She helped developing portable diagnostic devices for developing countries (work published in Lab on a Chip). In addition to her busy last year in high school as a French immersion student, Jessica decided to take on the challenge of the Sanofu BioGENEius, even if it meant spending most of her free time (including all her Saturdays) in the Derda lab working on 3D culture of cancer cells in paper-based platforms.

On Monday 28 April 2014, after a long day, during which she gave an oral presentation about her work entitled: “Tumour Origami: A Three-Dimensional Visualization of Drug Resistance in Malignant Tumours” to a panel of judges and fellow competitors, presented her poster to the judges and the general public, and finally explained her project through an ‘Elevator Pitch’, she received the 1st Prize from Franca Mancino (Sanofi Canada, Vice-President, Medical and Regulatory Affairs).

Well done Jessica! Your family, teachers and of course the Derda group are proud of you. Best of luck for the National competition!

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Jessica at the poster presentation