Biotechnology Institute Presents BioGENIUS Awards To Budding Scientists

San Diego (June 22, 2001) The Biotechnology Institute will present the BioGENIUS Awards to nine budding San Diego scientists on Monday, June 25, at a plenary luncheon during the BIO 2001 International Convention & Exhibition at the San Diego Convention Center. The lunch, open only to conference attendees and registered media, runs from noon to 1:45 p.m.

A team of judges from San Diego’s biotech industry selected the students based on the their science projects’ reflection of a clear understanding of the future of biotechnology and its importance in our lives.

The BioGENIUS winners are Q. CeCe Chen, 10th grade; Andrea Nicole Csaszi, 7th grade; Mary David, 8th grade; Reid Katkov, 8th grade; Harish Khandrika, 9th grade; Jeremiah Newcomb, 10th grade; David Arthur Sanford, 10th grade; Albert Sucyango Villaneuva, 12th grade; and William Taylor Ward, 8th grade.

The BioGENIUS Awards are co-sponsored by Aventis Pharma and Aventis Pasteur.

Aventis Pharma is the global pharmaceutical company of Aventis S.A. (NYSE: AVE). Aventis Pharma is dedicated to treating and preventing human disease through the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of innovative pharmaceutical products aimed at satisfying unmet medical needs. Aventis Pharma has its corporate headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.

Aventis Pasteur, a world leader in vaccines with the broadest range of products, produces more than one billion doses of vaccines every year to immunize 400 million people around the world. Aventis Pasteur, headquartered in Lyon, France, is one of the pharmaceutical activities of Aventis S.A., a leading global company in life sciences.

Hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the BIO 2001 International Biotechnology Convention & Exhibition is the world's largest biotechnology event. The convention runs from June 24 through June 27. For details, visit the meeting Web site at

BIO represents more than 950 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations in all 50 U.S. states and 33 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of health-care, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.