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Woman entrepreneur invents a way to run 30 tests on a drop of blood

30 Sep

At 30, Elizabeth Holmes is one of the youngest billionaires in U.S. history – just eleven years after she stopped pursuing a degree at Stanford to revolutionize the healthcare industry instead.

She’s done it by inventing methods that make it possible to run over thirty tests on a single drop of blood collected in a nanocontainer. Her company is Theranos and before long, you could see a Theranos station at your local Walgreen’s.

These changes could save Medicaid and Medicare more than $200 billion over the next ten years.

Part of her journey toward this innovation involved a summer internship at the Genome Institute in Singapore, a position she landed due in part “to having learned Mandarin in her spare hours as a Houston teenager” (Fortune).

To learn more about her invention, read the Wired (includes 3-minute video interview) and/or Fortune articles about her.

In the next decade, what do you dream of revolutionizing?

 
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