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TEDxDirigo: RISE State Theatre, Portland, Maine

Demetri Maxim Student, Gould Academy

  • 2015

Demetri is a passionate young innovator and scientist and is currently a high school senior at Gould Academy in Bethel. When he was only 15, he invented a patent-pending device to detect when a patient is rejecting a transplanted kidney. The following year, he invented a new method to grow human kidney tissue from skin cells to eliminate the need for kidney transplants altogether. Demetri received the top prize at the Maine State Science Fair in 2014 and 2015 for his work and also won first place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest pre-college science competition. He has also presented his work at several scientific conferences and is currently continuing his kidney disease research at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor. Demetri is also a competitive alpine skier and enjoys playing soccer, cycling, and mountain biking in his free time.