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Opportunity To Collaborate With Concordia University's iGEM Team!

Dear Kelloggs,

My name is Maria Salouros and I am a member of Montreal’s Concordia University iGEM team. I am extending this message to you today, on my team’s behalf, in hopes of obtaining your support.

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) is the world’s largest synthetic biology competition, for which the goal is to design and realize a student-led research project. By introducing students to innovative and novel research ideas, whilst integrating human practice and community outreach, iGEM’s organization sculpts and motivates the future scientists of our generation. This year’s conference will host an audience of thousands at the iGEM Giant Jamboree in October, where we will be presenting our research project along with 300 other participating teams.

For this year’s project, we plan to design a biological system that mimics the concept of the popular TV series Robot Wars, using sustainable and eco-friendly experimentation. We will engineer the membranes of cellular species to wear battle shields made of nanoparticles, which are microscopic particles varying in shape and in composition from plastics to metals. We have adopted a plant-mediated synthesis for generating nanoparticles, thus allowing us to reduce waste and reduce the amount of chemicals we expose to the environment. The competing cells will then be guided through an obstacle course leading to a battledome using a microfluidics chip. Using microfluidics allows us to further minimize the production of waste, as micro quantities are utilized. Essentially, we will test the interactions between nanoparticles and cell membranes, as well as their protective abilities against different environmental conditions and other coated cells. The method in which we will adapt Robot Wars for synthetic biology is by creating a web series that will demonstrate the cell battle and communicate the research behind it. This web series will serve as an entertaining medium to educate and inspire the audience to develop an interest in science. Furthermore, this study will contribute towards the advancement of nanotechnology, an interdisciplinary field aiming to make applicable improvements in other fields such as medicine, optics and cosmetics.

We are excited to make this year’s project a reality and we are determined to win gold. Any help, either financial or by the donation of in-kind contributions would aid the development of our project and would be greatly appreciated. With your generosity, we can promote and advertise Kelloggs as our sponsor on our website, all of our social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), at our community outreach events, and at the iGEM competition.

If you are interested in sponsoring our team, we can send you a detailed outline of our project and our sponsorship package options. Our sponsorship packages range from 250 to 500$. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

We hope to have your support and we thank you for your time.

Kind regards,
Maria Salouros
iGEM Concordia
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  • Ivy (Official Rep) June 30, 2016 19:28
    Hi there, Maria. Thank you for your recent inquiry inviting Kellogg Canada to sponsor your research project at the iGEM Giant Jamboree.

    At Kellogg, philanthropy is an essential part of who we are and what we do. More than a century after our company was founded; we continue the legacy of W.K. Kellogg. Because we believe in the power of breakfast to feed better days and better lives, we are focusing our philanthropic efforts on providing breakfast to those who need it most. Through Breakfast for Better DaysTM, we will provide 1 billion servings of cereal and snacks, more than half of which are breakfast, to children and families around the world by the end of 2016. In Canada, this means building on our already successful partnership with Breakfast Clubs of Canada and continuing our long-standing support of Food Banks Canada.

    Thank you again for contacting us, we appreciate your interest in Kellogg, and wish you every success in your future endeavours.
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