Jack Andraka is the miracle whiz kid that came up with a totally unique pancreatic cancer detection test that takes 5 minutes to administer, costs 3 cents, is non-invasive, has been 100% accurate in blind trials, is 168 times faster, and 26,000 times cheaper than the current gold standard.
During my Singularity 1 on 1 interview with Jack Andraka, we talk about a variety of topics such as the inspirational story behind his cancer test; his competing for the Tricorder X-Prize Foundation award; his progressive views on education, healthcare, the internet, and business.
My favorite quotes from Andraka:
You don’t need a degree from a prestigious university to have your ideas valued.
If a fifteen-year-old, who didn’t even know he had a pancreas at the beginning of this project, could find a new way to detect pancreatic cancer, just imagine what you can do.
Well done Jack! At 16 you are already a total inspiration. Can’t wait to see what’s next for you.
Watch out for this whiz kid! We are sure to hear his name again.
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Who is Jack Andraka?
Jack Andraka is a 15-year-old Maryland high school student who has invented an inexpensive and sensitive dipstick-like sensor for the rapid and early detection of pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancers. He recently won the Gordon E. Moore top prize at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair as well as the Google Thinking Big Award for the project, addressing a large and seemingly impossible problem and finding an elegant solution with broad impact.
Jack is a member of the National Junior Wildwater Kayak team and has won numerous awards in national and international math competitions.
For A World Without Cancer: Jack Andraka at TEDxOrangeCoast
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