May 30, 2012
15-Year-Old Who Invented Pancreatic Cancer Test Attending 3rd Annual Run and Gun
Jack Andraka recently won $75,000 for the first place prize in this years Intel Science Competition (which he plans to put toward college). His entry was even more impressive than this might suggest, however, and is something that researchers and pharmaceutical companies have been working toward developing for years.
Jack, at only 15, has invented an early-detection test for pancreatic cancer that is 90% accurate. It’s also 168 times faster, 400 times more sensitive, and 26000 times less expensive than current tests.