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As a 19-year-old sophomore at Stanford, Elizabeth Holmes decided to transform diagnostic medicine so she dropped out of college and used her tuition money to start her own company, Theranos. Ten years later, Holmes, pictured here holding a micro-vial, is on the cutting edge of medical technology — her new blood testing method allows hundreds of tests to be run using only a few drops of blood. And, Holmes’ methods are cheaper, faster, more accurate, and less invasive than conventional methods which often require a separate vial of blood for every test.
As Holmes told Wired.com earlier this year, “I started this company because I wanted to spend my life changing our health care system. When someone you love gets really sick, most of the time when you find out, it’s too late to be able to do something about it. It’s heartbreaking… We wanted to make actionable health information accessible to people everywhere at the time it matters most. That means two things: being able to detect conditions in time to do something about them and providing access to information that can empower people to improve their lives.”
Her tests will revolutionize the public health world as we know it; Making diagnostic testing accessible and affordable for more people (and potentially saving Medicare and Medicaid ~$100 billion each over the next decade). (x)
She is a coauthor on 82 US and 189 foreign patent applications. (x)
Her fear of needles served as a motivator for launching Theranos. (x)
I had a series of tests run at the annual company Health Fair last week. It used her technology. A finger prick. Not an elbow stick. And a tiny pipette of blood - I think I’ve bled more from TATTOOS.
And cutting myself in the kitchen.
This woman is the Stephen Hawking of medical technology. (Or Stephen Hawking is the Elizabeth Holmes of astropysics.)
Today the Department of Delectable Daikon Art explores grated daikon radish soup sculptures created by Tokyo-based Masanori Kono, who’s been sharing his daikon nabe creations via Twitter since last December. The response to his adorable edible artwork has been so positive that he recently landed a book deal. Kono’s book, Grated Daikon Art (daikon oroshi art), will be released in Japan on Friday. It includes both photos and receipes so people can create their own tiny hot pot polar bears and llamas of their own. Yum!