There should have been no doubt where Nithin Tumma’s talents would take him.
Winner of a prestigious science award for his high school research on cancer, the Harvard University sophomore seems destined for a career in life sciences. But then he and two friends experienced the thrill of developing a mobile app for shopping. Now Tumma is thinking about a future in consumer technology.
“Speed is one of the appeals of the tech start-up space over life science,” said Tumma. “I love doing research, but it’s a very slow and arduous process.”
The promise of a fast return has produced an envy among life scientists, who labor through years of costly research and testing to solve the world’s greatest health problems. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.