The 15 Year-Old Reformer

This is pretty fucking cool:

Based on diabetic test paper, Jack [Andraka] created a simple dip-stick sensor to test blood or urine to determine whether or not a patient has early-stage pancreatic cancer. His study resulted in over 90 percent accuracy and showed his patent-pending sensor to be 28 times faster, 28 times less expensive and over 100 times more sensitive than current tests. Jack received the Gordon E. Moore Award, named in honor of Intel co-founder and retired chairman and CEO of $75,000.

Oh, he’s 15 years old. Early detection boosts pancreatic cancer survival rates from 5% to 23%. If his invention pans out, he’ll have saved more money and more lives — at 15 — than all the politicians on Capitol Hill and Pennsylvania Avenue combined.

This is what innovation looks like.

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    CM will now argue that this should be co-opted by the government since a child has no business getting rich off of the suffering of others.

    Also, he will point out that his education was a “subsidy” that needs to be accounted for, and that it is therefore actually MORE expensive than the existing test as you have to account for ALL government education spending, ever…..

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  2. TxAg94

    CM will now argue that this should be co-opted by the government since a child has no business getting rich off of the suffering of others.

    I’d be more afraid that a well-connected pharmaceutical company will beat the kid to a patent. That or they will have a product that is nearly identical but different enough and will be able to get funding to produce and distribute it. Hell, it may be required under Obamacare. At the very least the kid will be sued because of some side effect of using the test strips.

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  3. InsipiD

    CM will now argue that this should be co-opted by the government since a child has no business getting rich off of the suffering of others.

    Watch for the code words “Too Important.” It’s Too Important an invention to patent. It’s Too Important for him to get rich when every dollar he makes might keep someone from getting the test.

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  4. Seattle Outcast

    If things work out right, some big pharmaceutical company will buy the rights to manufacture from the kid instead of trying to rob him. Even better, one of them will also keep a seat ready for him in case he wants a job.

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  5. Mississippi Yankee

    Cool original post, unfortunately followed by many dickhead comments.

    Sir, are you “irony challenged” ? There is a test for it yanno? It evolves a mirror…

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