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Seneca Valley High School Student Receives Science Award From MedImmune
Date:3/27/2008

GAITHERSBURG, Md., March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Local biotechnology leader MedImmune announced today that Seneca Valley High School student Yiwei Li has received the distinguished "MedImmune Advancing Science for Better Health" award for her ScienceMONTGOMERY project. The company sponsored the Montgomery County science fair, known as ScienceMONTGOMERY, for the fourth-consecutive year and presented the award to recognize the scientific work of a current Montgomery County high school junior or senior. On March 16 at Gaithersburg High School, MedImmune awarded Li for her project entitled "Discovering New Splicing Forms in von Willebrand Factor to Understand Clotting Diseases."

Li's project was judged as the best example of an individual project with biological relevance to the causes, treatment and prevention of human disease in the medicine and health category. The team of MedImmune judges reviewed individual projects in the fields of biochemistry, environmental sciences (life), medicine and health, microbiology and biological sciences. Criteria for evaluation included alignment with MedImmune's core values: an entrepreneurial spirit, high integrity, collaboration and a strong work ethic.

"Li's work stood out from the very impressive collection of projects that were submitted this year," said employee judge Toni Stiefel, director, internal communications and community relations at MedImmune, "We believed her presentation was well thought out, and her commitment to post-submission research was commendable. These attributes and a sense of drive set Li apart."

As part of the project submitted, Li was interested in von Willebrand disease (VWD) and understanding the application of alternative splicing in individuals. VWD is an inherited bleeding disorder that affects the blood's ability to clot. Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is a protein that helps bind platelets together to form blood clots, and was expected to have around 22 to 23 alternative splici
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