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Our young scientist Dzenan Kovacic fascinated the world's scientists
Nov 20, 2019

Our young scientist Dzenan Kovacic fascinated the world's scientists


Many world experts were unaware of the existence of nanotechnology presented by Dzenan Kovacic, a second-year student at the Genetics and Bioengineering Department of International Burch University. He returned from Berlin from the Falling Walls Conference, where he presented his findings to the world's scientists and fascinated them.

Dzenan Kovacic returned from Berlin from the Falling Walls Conference of Incredible Ideas and Innovations, where he presented his winning project "The cure for tuberculosis" from Falling Walls held in Sarajevo earlier this year. Link from earlier written text.

Dzenan is still trying to sum up all the impressions from the conference, which brought together 100 participants from 63 countries around the world,  as he was the youngest one among incredible people coming from educational institutions such as Harvard, Princeton, Duke Medical School, and especially prominent scientists and representatives of world institutions.

The first day of the conference opened by the chairman of the Nobel Commission, Prof. Dr. Carl Henrik Heldin was held at the Berlin Futurium, a building that opened 2 years ago, where it used to be part of the Berlin Wall.

"Futurium is a place where you can spend hours and it is perfectly suited to the theme that the Falling Walls Conference brings with itself. The entire building is dedicated to displaying the exhibits of the future, robots based on artificial intelligence, the future of genetics and medicine, nuclear energy, views on how architecture will change in the future, interactive stories on how to save the world, and other content which is fully interactive with the observer, " Dzenan tells us.

Dzenan says that his competition was "fierce" because they were representatives of the teams that produce the vaccine for a couple of months, to those using virtual reality to diagnose genetic diseases in a day, in contrast to a standard couple of months.

He is pleased with how he presented himself, and the reactions he provoked: “It took us a hundred years of work and effort to put together in 2 mins and 30s long speech, with an additional 30s for jury questions, something that was incredibly difficult. I took the stage before a jury of 15 people including Prof. Dr. Carl Henrik Heldin - Chairman of the Nobel Commission, Dr. Claudie Haignere - Astronautical Consultant to the Director of the European Space Agency, Dr. Monika Lessl - Executive Director of the Bayer Foundation, Prof. Mauro Ferrari - President of the European Research Council and many others. "

Many world experts were unaware of the existence of nanotechnology presented by Dzenan. So Dzenan was a participant of the so-called Braindate Forum, which is organized as part of the Falling Walls Conference, and where a specific topic is presented to the groups, this time it was the use of nanotechnology, which he presented: "Immunologists, microbiologists, molecular biologists, and scientists from other disciplines were very interested to hear what it was all about, which was a special pleasure for me to explain. I noticed that the so-called "Vault nanotechnology “a very unknown concept even to these prominent scientists and highly experienced physicians who are fascinated by this topic."

 Dzenan also took part in the conference to establish new collaborations. “I am especially pleased to have contact with Dr. Urban Kosak, a well-known scientist from Slovenia who works on Alzheimer's disease, something that I work on additionally. Dr. Urban is a medical chemist, molecule synthesis is his specialty, which is exactly what we need - BiH has a very limited number of people with this knowledge and technical capacity. Getting involved with someone who is responsible for the discovery of a drug that has been proven to alleviate the symptoms of Alzheimer's is an amazing experience. "

In addition, he was able to contact doctors from India regarding clinical researches after the drug had been preclinically tested. "Given that India is a country with many cases of susceptible and resistant tuberculosis, the range of testable patients is extremely wide," said Dzenan.

Duke University School of Medicine from the United States has been working on a platform for rapid vaccine production for various infectious diseases for some time. Dzenan was particularly interesting to them, as they have difficulties working on a tuberculosis vaccine.

During the two days of the Conference, Berlin was a center of science and innovation, the only stronghold where ideas about the future and innovations yet to come to life were exchanged between academics and innovators with industry giants. "I found myself in the company of a Nobel laureate, a NASA team that captured the first photo of a black hole, prominent scientists from all over the world I could only dream of seeing in my life," Dzenan says excitedly.

Dzenan says he was sad to return to our country, which invests very little in science, and is sad to learn that even in different African countries more scientific work is being done than in BiH.

However, he realized that with his example and experience, he could do something for his environment: “As Falling Walls Alumni, we will have a whole network with previous finalists, where we will be able to share ideas, stay in touch, and help one another finding and opening new opportunities. It was amazing to see how simple, humble and open-minded these people are to work with anyone who wants it, "Dzenan proudly points out, adding that his presence at the conference has broadened his horizons.

As he says, this will be a stepping stone to him as a BiH citizen, ambassador of his country, to go out into the world and be a part of the story about scientific achievements that he himself witnessed at the Conference.

We say, good luck Dzenan, your Burch University will always be there to support you and your work!