Pittsburgh, PA - Last week at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), Fifteen-year-old Jack Andraka of Crownsville Maryland, received the ISEF Gordan E. Moore award for his groundbreaking research on a new, non-invasive method to detect early-stage pancreatic cancer. Along with the award, he also took home a $75,000 prize. Jack beat out over 1,500 students from 70 countries to claim the award.
Andraka's idea first came to him in his high school biology class and then soon found himself working on his project and research in a lab at Johns Hopkins University. The end product? A paper senor that was able to detect early stages of pancreatic cancer with 90 percent accuracy at a cost that's significantly less than other tests. You can see why many scientists are saying that this is certainly not the last time we'll see the name Jack Andraka in the headlines for technology and innovation. Let’s hope they're right.
Watch his memorable reaction to winning the award and learn more about Andraka's invention in the video below: