A Teen’s Journey: Developing a Diagnostic Test for Pancreatic Cancer

May 24, 2017

This post was originally written and published on VectorBoston Children’s Hospital’s science and clinical innovation blog. 

Jack Andraka
Jack Andraka speaks at the Boston Children’s Hospital 2014 Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards.

At age 13, Jack Andraka lost a family friend to pancreatic cancer. At age 15, he developed a diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer that early findings suggest is highly accurate. In this session from Boston Children’s Hospital’s Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards 2014Andraka describes his journey, the Johns Hopkins professor who took him on, his fascination with carbon nanotubes and how open access to scientific journals can help people around the world create solutions to problems. The diagnostic itself is in the early phases of testing.

Part of a continuing series of videotaped sessions at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards 2014. Read day-of coverage of this session along with full coverage of the Global Pediatric Innovation Summit. Video coverage is also available on YouTube.