Jack Andraka is a sixteen year old boy that has invented a paper sensor that can detect cancer ( ovarian, pancreatic and lung) for a cost of only three cents. It’s amazing, when you think about how much money goes into cancer research funding and after all these years these specialists still did not find a cure or an easier way of detecting the disease in an early stage.
This invention will save lives esspecialy because it detects pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer nowadays is often diagnosed too late, in its last stage mostly because it shows no symptoms, such as lumps. However, Jack’s invention will bring new hope for cancer sufferers as it is inexpensive and it detects the disease in five minutes only.
How did a 15 year old boy create such a great invention?
While most of us use Google to search for food recipes and entertainment, Jack Andraka used Google searches and free journals to learn more about the disease, after a family friend passed died of pancreatic cancer. After reading about it, Jack sent about 200 proposals to universities to ask them to let them work in their lab. He was rejected 199 times and finally doctor Anirban Maitra at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine accepted his proposal. Jack worked in his free time and managed to get his invention on the right track.
After making his invention public, he was awarded as Intel 2012 ISEF winner and was invited by the prestigious TedTalks to discuss his amazing invention.Follow @happytelegram
- Interview with Jack Andraka (teawithmd.com)
- You Don’t Know Jack – meet 16-year-old cancer… (tedx.com)