QB3’s version of “American Idol” is down to five finalists, and unlike the TV show, all of these contestants should be cheered, not jeered.
I reported on the contest — designed to raise the profile of science developed at the University of California, Berkeley, UCSF and UC Santa Cruz — back in July. At the time, judges like former Genentech CEO Art Levinson, Chiron Corp. founder Bill Rutter and Five Prime Therapeutics founder Rusty Williams were cutting 38 entries down to 10.
Now it’s down to five. Online voting by students, staff and postdoctoral fellows at the three UC campuses covered by QB3 — the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences — will determine the winner.