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April 18, 2017 > James Logan High School sweeps biomed engineering competition

James Logan High School sweeps biomed engineering competition

Submitted By New Haven Unified School District

Ten schools, a total of thirty student teams, participated in the Biomedical Engineering Honors Society Competition recently held at UC BerkeleyÕs Stanley Hall. Teams were tasked to create unique solutions to a societal problem of their choice. Teams could choose to focus on either synthetic biology or medical devices. Groups had seven weeks to research their solutions, then submit a scientific poster and academic video. At the competition, each team had to provide two industry pitches and two academic presentations to UC Berkeley undergraduates and professors.

This year, two teams from James Logan High School (Union City) competed, each with five students. As a result of the teams' hard work, both were victors: James Logan Team A (Summer Batasin, Truc Le, Vincent Peng, Toan Nguyen, and Nathan Ho) won first place in the medical devices category with their project ÒModified Foley Catheter with a Concertina-Type Hinge and Anti-Biofilm CoatingÓ, while James Logan Team B (Romy Mastel, Abhijeet Grewal, Alan Lin, Justin Tran, Ivan Liongson) won first place in the synthetic biology category with their project ÒUsing Mastocyte Suppression to Combat Neuroinflammation in Autism Spectrum Disorders.Ó

Both teams won devices to be used in their school's curriculum, pertaining to their categories. These wins were a first for Logan High Schools students, but definitely not the last.

Following their victories, James Logan Team A has consulted a patent lawyer to patent their device, while James Logan Team B has met to discuss fine-tuning their project, and eventually getting support to professionally research it.

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