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Maharishi School Sophomore Pranav Chhalliyil Wins BioGENEius Gene Pool Competition

Pranav Chhalliyil, a sophomore at Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, poses with the president of the Biotechnology Institute and the Iowa Biotechnology Institute after his GenePool win at BioGenius 2017.

When last we heard from Pranav Chhalliyil, he had just competed in the INTEL International Science Fair and won third place in the Microbiology category.  Not one to rest on his laurels, Pranav moved on to another prestigious, global competition, the 2017 International BioGENEius Pranav Chhalliyil, a sophomore at Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, attends the 2017 Biogeneius challenge.Challenge.  

"The BIO International Convention (BIO) attracts 16,000 biotechnology and pharma leaders who come together for one week of intensive networking to discover new opportunities and promising partnerships. BIO brings together a wide spectrum of life science and application areas including drug discovery, biomanufacturing, genomics, biofuels, nanotechnology and cell therapy."

As part of the event, Pranav participated in a “fast pitch” format competition called Gene Pool.  Each young scientist has only sixty seconds to explain who they are, the problem their research solves, and the global importance of their work.  Preparing this "elevator pitch" helps students to use their face to face communication skills in a brief, effective, and captivating way that will serve them well throughout their scientific and entreprenurial careers. 

Pranav recalls, “The Gene Pool competition was intense. They played intense music, just like Shark Tank, and randomly selected us. To make it worse, the host had mentioned that since there was tough competition, everyone was told to ask tough questions! Many biotechnology company CEOs, BioTech researchers, and some medical doctors had attended the event and asked complicated questions. I was glad that I could answer questions asked by the experts in the field. Most of them were celebrities in the field and very elite people!”

We are pleased to annouce that Pranav stayed cool under pressure and won the 2017 International BioGENEius Challenge GENE Pool Competition!

More news to come on Pranav's trip to California in the next blog!

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