<P>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify><STRONG>The international Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM) is a prestigious synthetic biology competition which started at MIT</STRONG> (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in 2004. </P> <P align=justify><BR>Teams from the most prestigious universities in the world will present ambitious student projects completed over the summer and based on the construction of new DNA molecules, with the aim of finding solutions to public health challenges. </P> <P align=justify>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify><STRONG>The number of teams grows each year (245 in 2012) and European pre-selections to qualify for Boston have been organized since 2011</STRONG>. <BR>After two European meetings in Amsterdam, the 2013 selections will take place at the National Institute for Applied Sciences in Lyon. </P> <P align=justify>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify><STRONG>The top <A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/pharmaceutique_biotech/index,p,100044,EN.jsp" target=_blank>European biotechnology students </A>will be present for 4 days</STRONG>, from the 11th to the 13th of October 2013. The competition will bring between 600 and 700 participants to Lyon. </P> <P align=justify>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify><STRONG>Thanks to its international dimension, <A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/universite-lyon/school-university-france,p,15,EN.jsp" target=_blank>INSA Lyon is France&#8217;s second engineering school</A></STRONG>. It trains more than 500 engineers, of whom around 60 specialize in biotechnology and bioinformatics. </P> <P align=justify><BR>Since 2010, teams of between 20 and 25 student engineers and teachers have participated in the European and world finals of iGEM, winning prizes including best DNA construction in 2011. Do you want to contribute to the international reach of this event? Become a sponsor! <BR></P>