Each year high school students across the country participate in the Sanofi Biogenius Canada competition. Students submit research projects and those selected are matched with local mentors, giving them hands-on research experience in a professional lab setting. Participants compile their results and present their findings at regional competitions.

MindFuel (Science Alberta Foundation) is proud to be the Alberta regional coordinator. MindFuel is a charitable not-for-profit organization focused on creating future generations of innovators and problem-solvers – directly related to helping Alberta diversify its economy through a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and career paths.

This year, there are 15 competitors in Alberta. To help people understand how these research projects might some day change the world, we are making select participants available to the media prior to the Alberta competition which will take place on Saturday, April 2 in Edmonton at  Katz Group Rexall Centre for Pharmacy & Health Research, U of A. Think of it as Dragons Den for budding scientists. Media are welcome to attend.

In past years, participants’ elite research projects range in topic, from cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, to agriculture and the environment. Many have since been patented and commercialized, garnering international media attention and igniting a true culture of innovation in Canada.

Cash prizes are awarded and regional winners advance to the national stage, where they vie for the top spot and the chance to compete in the International Biogenius Challenge, held at the prestigious BIO International Convention – the largest biotechnology event in the world.