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14-year-old Victoria student wins national biomedical science fair


A 14-year-old Victoria student has just been recognized by the country for his incredible research in the biomedical field.

Grade 9 student Ethan Chan was in Toronto on Tuesday to compete in the national Sanofi Biogenius Competition, which saw the brightest young minds from across Canada presenting their scientific research to a panel of judges and biotechnical professionals.

In April, Ethan also claimed first place in BC’s provincial Sanofi Biogenius Competition

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Out of all the elite projects at the fair, Ethan’s was awarded the number one spot in the country.

A patient of chronic kidney disease, Ethan developed a low-cost handheld electronic device that can more accurately and less invasively monitor and record kidney disease data for patients.

According to Ethan’s father, the 14-year-old taught himself coding, soldering, 3D modelling, 3D printing, and more to create the user-friendly device, which has its own operating screen or can be paired with a bluetooth connected device.

Following Ethan’s success, which judges described as “post-graduate level” work, the young scientist will go on to represent Canada at the International BioGENEius Challenge science fair, which is taking place in Philadelphia in June.

“This experience has been amazing,” Ethan told Victoria Buzz. “The students, scientists, mentors, organizers and sponsors have all been so supportive and friendly.”

“I would really recommend anyone in high school who has an interest in biotechnology to submit an application to Sanofi Biogenius Canada. It’s fun, rewarding and really opens your eyes to what’s possible. You’d be surprised at how quickly a project that you’re excited about stops feeling like work and becomes the thing you look forward to doing in your free time!

“There were so many amazing high school students and projects, and it helped me realize that an idea with some effort can be turned into something with the potential to improve people’s lives.”

Congratulations, Ethan, and best of luck on the world stage!

Nine regional competitions. Six weeks of activities across Canada. Over 100 high school scientists pushing boundaries…

Posted by Sanofi Biogenius Canada on Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Adam Chan
Former Staff Writer at Victoria Buzz.

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