Jack Andraka: A TED Talk About a Promising Test for Pancreatic Cancer … From a Teenager

Jack Andraka



Jack Andraka

Jack Andraka

The Story


Jack Andraka’s amazing story shows us several very important “truths”.

  • An inquiring young mind should be nourished regardless of any societal labels like color, gender, age or appearance
  • The internet really is the Information Super Highway that it was predicted to be 20 years ago
  • There are lots of Edisons, Fords, Jonas Salks and other geniuses who have better tools than ever to invent things that will change the world
  • Perseverance is almost always a necessity for success


PLEASE take 10 minutes to watch the first video – a TED talk by Jack Andraka which describes in significant detail the motivation, methods, obstacles and final success of this medical testing breakthrough. This is nothing short of amazing and its potential to save lives is vast.

Never heard of TED Talks?

TED is a platform for ideas worth spreading. Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independent TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Learn more about TED here: http://www.ted.com/


The Videos


 YouTube describes the TED Talk this way:

Published on Jul 11, 2013

Over 85 percent of all pancreatic cancers are diagnosed late, when someone has less than two percent chance of survival. How could this be? Jack Andraka talks about how he developed a promising early detection test for pancreatic cancer that’s super cheap, effective and non-invasive — all before his 16th birthday.

Watch and be amazed and encouraged.



Here is another shorter (4 min) video of Jack when he won the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) first prize.

This video displays his youthful exuberance better than the TED talk but gives less detail than the TED talk.


This is something akin to Bill Gates or Steve Jobs as they came up with new ideas and had to experience skepticism, being “blown off” and many other obstacles but whose ideas changed our world.

Hats off to Jack Andraka!




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