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[BOAI] How Open Access Empowered a 16-Year-Old to Make Cancer Breakthrough

From: Nick Shockey <nick AT>
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:32:06 -0400

Today, we’re excited to announce a Right to Research Coalition video interview 
with Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the US National Institutes of Health, and 
Jack Andraka, the 16-year-old inventor of a breakthrough cancer diagnostic, 
discussing the importance of Open Access.
Click here to watch the video interview
Click here to read our announcement
Jack used free online articles “religiously” in creating his pancreatic 
diagnostic that is 26,667 times cheaper, 168 times faster, and 400 times more 
sensitive than the current test.  In discussing his discovery, Jack points to 
paywalls for journal articles as a central barrier preventing others from 
making similar breakthroughs.
Jack is a perfect example of the increased innovation that arises from 
unexpected places when anyone with curiosity, determination, and an Internet 
connection has Open Access to the research literature. 

Nick Shockey
Director, Right to Research Coalition
Director of Student Advocacy, SPARC
nick AT
+1 202 296 2296
Skype: nick.shockey

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