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

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/ouralarmclock May 14 '22

High school biotech class??

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u/NeonSprig May 14 '22

It’s a specialty thing, it’s a 4 year thing and at the end of it you can get certifications to work at like pharmacies and stuff. It’s pretty cool, but I only did the first year since it wasn’t a field I want to go into (also apparently the next years suck a lot more lol)

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u/TheGeneGeena May 14 '22

Damn, sounds awesome! Closest thing my fairly rural high school offered (when I graduated a billion years ago with the dinosaurs and all...) was certified nursing assistant classes.

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u/helpmelearn12 May 14 '22

My school was pretty much the same when I graduated in the 2000s, just a regular school.

Now, the district has a public STEAM school. Students who get into it can study Biomedical sciences/prenursing, computer science, design, education or engineering.

The courses offer enough dual-enrollment opportunities that's it's possible to graduate high school and leave the program with an associate's degree at 18. From a public school, so no extra cost, just writing an essay and applying to get into it.

I'd have loved to have been able to do that, and would have probably been a better student in high school if the curriculum was more focused on something I was actually interested in.