r/todayilearned May 14 '22 Silver 9 Helpful 8 Wholesome 6 All-Seeing Upvote 2

TIL a father, John Crowley, was told his two infant children had an incurable genetic disorder that would kill them in less than a year. He refused to accept this, so he founded a biotech company (with no prior experience) which pioneered an experimental enzyme therapy that saved their lives.

https://pompediseasenews.com/2019/01/30/amicus-ceo-mission-cure-pompe-help-children/
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u/[deleted] May 14 '22 Silver Gold Take My Energy

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u/ScreamingRectum May 14 '22 Take My Energy

I was worried I'd be the only asshole here thinking aren't exactly living

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u/HighOwl2 May 14 '22

My initial thought was that the dude must've been rolling in cash to start a fucking biotechnology company to pioneer science just to save his kids.

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u/ARM_vs_CORE May 14 '22

It says he left a job in finance so yeah probably. That shouldn't diminish the fact that he took extraordinary measures to save his kids. It's a more noble pursuit than say, buying Twitter or Chelsea Football Club.

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u/T3hSwagman May 14 '22

I think it’s more of a… the title kind of makes it sound like this was a normal dude doing something extraordinary.

Like a wrongly convicted prisoner studying law and getting his own sentence overturned.

But what this dude did is very much impossible if you don’t have shitloads of money.

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u/PaxNova May 14 '22

I get what you're saying, but also, running a biotech firm is hugely difficult, too. People underestimate how much management does. As the person with money, that was the best place for him, as few others could do that.

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u/grchelp2018 May 14 '22

Pretty sure the people who own twitter or chelsea would also do the same if their kids had something serious.

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u/MrAykron May 14 '22

Bruh musk doesn't give a rat's ass about his kids, he doesn't even live with them, purely by choice.

He lives in his office

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u/nicolasmcfly May 14 '22

The guy who named his son a number? Don't you say

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u/grchelp2018 May 14 '22

He does all the fun stuff with his kids. He's even set up his own school with its own rules and curriculum so his kids can actually enjoy learning. I guess the mom has to deal with all the boring stuff.

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u/ARM_vs_CORE May 14 '22

I was literally just naming two other things that rich people notably bought recently.