Jack Andraka started researching cancer when he was just 13

Meet the boy genius: Jack Andraka, teenage cancer researcher

Jack Andraka started researching cancer when he was just 13

Using nothing but information he found online, Jack Andraka discovered a groundbreaking method of cancer detection. In an exclusive video interview, he reminds us that innovation could be at anybody’s fingertips

Jack Andraka discovered a new way to detect pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer that is 168 times faster, 126 times cheaper and 400 times more sensitive than other cancer treatments.

Even more impressive than this? He started his research when he was just 13 years old.

On a self-described “teenage rebellious streak”, he went on Google and Wikipedia to prove to his parents that he could become a cancer researcher. “Bumbling around a sketchy lab in his basement” soon wasn’t enough for Andraka, however. He moved on to labs in Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute of Health, where he made a series of groundbreaking discoveries.

Andraka shares his inspiring story at Innovation Live! in an exclusive interview with Vision