Maryland teen creates award-winning pancreatic cancer test | The Raw Story Amazing! A 15-year-old Maryland student arguably had the day of his life Tuesday, winning a prestigious science award for creating a pancreatic cancer test. ==================================================================== According to WBAL-TV, North County High School freshman Jack Andraka became the winner of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his invention after drawing inspiration from his uncle, who died from the disease. The precocious teenager said he was turned down by 200 researchers before Johns Hopkins Universityâ€™s Dr. Anirban Maitra took a chance on him and allowed Andraka to develop the sensor in his lab. ==================================================================== I personally know last year's winner, who was working on a cancer treatment using tin to isolate cancer cells before radiation, he had to basically break into his school to work on his project. He developed his theory for isolating canger cells by reverse engeneering a nuclear reactor. He used to talk about this stuff at 8 years old. Its inspiring to see the teens of today working to create monumental treatments and prevention of disease.