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CLSI’s BioGENEius Winner Takes First Place in International Challenge at BIO 2016

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Utkarsh Tandon, first place winner of the International BioGENEius Global Healthcare Challenge at the 2016 International BIO Convention meets with Dr. Bennet Omalu.

Utkarsh Tandon, the Cupertino High School Sophomore awarded first place in CLSI’s local Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge, took first place in the International BioGENEius Global Healthcare Challenge at the 2016 International BIO Convention. Tandon competed against students from the U.S., Canada and Germany to take home the $7,500 cash prize, which was announced during the Tuesday June 7th keynote.  His project, entitled “ARIA: Diabetic Retinopathy Prognosis via Hypertensive Modeling; ML-based Morphological Computer Vision for Rapid Ophthalmology”, is a novel diagnostic and monitoring tool for Diabetic Retinopathy. Utkarsh’s mentor was Dr. Rahul Khurana, a vitreoretinal surgeon at Northern California Retina Vitreous Associates and Associate Clinical Professor in Ophthalmology at UCSF Medical Center.