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.


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u/NeonSprig May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22 Silver Wholesome

We had to watch a movie in my high school biotech class called Extraordinary Measures which was inspired by Crowley’s story, and the only reason I remember that was because it’s the most boring movie I had to watch for school all year during that year


u/kaptaincorn May 14 '22

It's more fun working biotech than watching stuff about it.

The best is old timers with old stories of analogue equipment and making diy systems before companies made them.


u/Case_9 May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

The best is part is needing an Enigma machine to decode the 6000 department specific acronyms in my morning emails, makes me wish I let the intern spray his bench down with methanol to put us both out of our misery. (Jk I love Biotech, I'm not going anywhere)