(Ethan Chan / Sanofi Biogenius Canada Twitter)

Two young Victorian scientists were recognized for their incredible research today at the Sanofi Biogenius regionals competition.

Unlike your typical youth science fair, the Sanofi Biogenius Canada (SBC) program challenges high school students to conduct their own groundbreaking research projects in the field of biotechnology.

Out of the dozens of students from across BC who showcased their elite projects, two Victoria students placed in the top three.

High school student Ethan Chan of Glenlyon Norfolk School (GNS) claimed the number one spot in the provincial region, and GNS classmate Riya Gandhi placed third.

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Ethan’s first place win earned him a spot in the Sanofi Biogenius national competition, which will have the winners from each of the 9 regions competing in Toronto on May 7, 2019.

A patient of chronic kidney disease, Ethan’s winning project centred around the development of a low-cost handheld electronic device that helps kidney disease patients more accurately monitor and record essential data.

Regardless of if Ethan’s research claims the top spot on the national level, many SBC projects go on to become patented and commercialized.

The young scientist’s work so far has put him on a promising path in the industry.


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