LifeSciences grant: 2016 Laureates

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The “Life Sciences: inventing – creating – having fun” grant has been distributed by the Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles since 2012 to French research teams participating in American competitions in the life sciences. Following the call for projects launched in February 2016, eight teams have been selected to receive this grant.

These eight candidates are all participating in the international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition initiated at MIT in 2004. 300 teams have already signed up this year for the 13th annual iGEM competition. During the six months leading up to the Giant Jamboree final that will take place in Boston in October 2016, these student teams, under the supervision of their professors, will be tirelessly working to modify bacteria and/or cells, via DNA insertion, in order to give these organisms new functions which may be potentially useful in addressing environmental, medical and societal issues.

Since its origins, this competition has grown not only in terms of the number of involved participants but also in the number of fascinating results it brings about. French students have been heavily involved in iGEM, and France was in fact the third most represented European country at iGEM in 2015..

To support such dynamism, the Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in the United States is pleased to offer its grant for the 2016 iGEM competition to the following laureates:

Aix-Marseille
3rd participation in the iGEM competition
2015: Bronze Medal
2014: Gold Medal

Bordeaux
5th participation in the iGEM competition
2015: Gold Medal
2014: Bronze Medal
2012: Bronze Medal

Evry
5th participation in the iGEM competition
2015: Silver Medal
2014: Bronze Medal
2013: Gold Medal, Best Human Practices Advance (Europe/Overgrad), Advance to Championship
2012: Gold Medal, Best Human Practices Advance (Europe), Best Model (Europe), Advance to Championship

INSA Lyon
7th participation in the iGEM competition
2015: Organizator of the competition European phase in Lyon
2014: Gold Medal - Best prize for Genetic construction
2012: Gold Medal - Best prize for overcoming adversity - OSLI
2011: Gold Medal - Best prize for Genetic construction
2010: Silver Medal

IONIS
2nd participation in the iGEM competition
2015: Gold Medal

Paris-Saclay
5th participation in the iGEM competition
2015: Bronze Medal
2014: Gold Medal
2013: Gold Medal

Pasteur
2nd participation in the iGEM competition
2015: Bronze Medal

Toulouse
4th participation in the iGEM competition
2015: Gold Medal - 1 nomination (Best Applied Design / Undergrad)
2014: Gold Medal - Best Innovation in Measurement (Undergrad)
2013: Gold Medal

The Office for Science and Technology wishes these eight laureate teams the very best of luck.