This is so cool that it may need its own category. This story combines human ingenuity, youthful motivation, and the free market.
Meet Jack Andraka, Foe of Pancreatic Cancer.
Jack Andraka, the Teen Prodigy of Pancreatic Cancer
A high school sophomore won the youth achievement Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for inventing a new method to detect a lethal cancer
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In a nutshell, a teenage boy lost a friend to pancreatic cancer. He started learning about the cancer that robbed him of his friend. He found out that most of the time pancreatic cancer was diagnosed very late, too late, and that the tests were way out of date.
He, as a sophomore in high school, invented a new test.
The test needs a drop of blood, it is 400 times more sensitive than existing tests, it costs 3 pennies. It is 100% accurate.
Jack, 15 years old, came up with this test by spending only a few months going after school to a lab a Johns Hopkins and working sometimes until after 2 a.m.
Why have we abdicated our ingenuity and spirit to the employees of large corporations?
Long live the inventor and the entrepreneur.