The press has recently gone wild celebrating what seems like a fantasy wunderkind tale, that of a teenager from Maryland who on his own initiative developed a non-invasive, five minute test for pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer that is 168 times faster, 26,000 times less expensive, and over 400 times more sensitive than current diagnostic assays.
Before you call BS on this seemingly unbelievable story, check out Mr. Jack Andraka’s TED Talk. In his own words you’ll discover how Jack was deeply moved by the passing of a close family friend from pancreatic cancer, a personal tragedy that motivated him to find a way to simplify and improve diagnostics for the devastating disease. Using his “go-to” source for information, Google, Jack keyword searched his way into medical history.
What makes this story even timelier and poignant is how it represents the perfect storm of digital health