FRISCO, Texas – A 14-year-old teenager from Texas earned $ 25,000 to create a potential treatment for coronavirus, according to 3M.
Annika Cebrolu, an eighth-grader at Nelson High School in Frisco, Texas, won the 3M Challenge Young Scientist for discovering a drug that can help treat patients with COVID-19. 3M is an American manufacturing company based in Minnesota.
According to the 3M Challenge website, Chebrolu uses an “in-silico drug discovery methodology to find a molecule that can selectively bind to the Spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in an attempt to find a cure for the COVID-1
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Cebrolu decided to take part in the Young Scientist’s Challenge after battling a severe flu infection last year. She wanted to find a cure for the flu; however, that changed after the COVID-19 pandemic hit, according to 3M.
“I was drawn to finding effective cures for the flu after a severe bout of infection last year,” Chebrolu said. “I would like to learn more from 3M scientists to continue developing my drugs, and with their help I would like to conduct in vitro and in vivo testing of my drug candidate.”
Cebrolu was one of the 10 finalists in this year’s 3M Young Scientist Challenge. In addition to the cash prize, she was honored with exclusive 3M mentoring.
For more information on Chebrolu or the challenge, click here.
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