Google Seeks To Cure Aging with Calico Startup

Straying away from its Internet roots, Google is launching a company focused on health and well-being. Dubbed Calico, the healthcare firm will tackle aging and all the diseases that come along with it.

Noteworthy is the fact that the venture is bringing together some industry rivals: Google and Apple. Arthur D. Levinson, chairman and former CEO of Genentech and chairman of Apple, will be CEO and a founding investor.

"Illness and aging affect all our families," said Google CEO Larry Page. "With some longer term, moonshot thinking around healthcare and biotechnology, I believe we can improve millions of lives. It's impossible to imagine anyone better than Art -- one of the leading scientists, entrepreneurs and CEOs of our generation -- to take this new venture forward."

Making a Long-Term Bet

Page acknowledged that many people would be surprised at the Calico venture, considering it's so much different from Google's mission to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.

But, Page said in a Google+ post, he sees tremendous potential for technology more generally to improve people's lives. He warned not to be surprised if Calico invests in projects that seem strange or speculative compared to Google's existing Internet business.

"These issues affect us all -- from the decreased mobility and mental agility that comes with age, to life-threatening diseases that exact a terrible physical and emotional toll on individuals and families," Page said. "And while this is clearly a longer-term bet, we believe we can make good progress within reasonable timescales with the right goals and the right people."

The Right Man for the Job

Also a member of the Roche Board of Directors, Levinson seems to be the right man for the job. He joined Genentech, a well-known biotech firm, as a research scientist in 1980, and served as Genentech's CEO...

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Google Seeks To Cure Aging with Calico Startup

Straying away from its Internet roots, Google is launching a company focused on health and well-being. Dubbed Calico, the healthcare firm will tackle aging and all the diseases that come along with it.

Noteworthy is the fact that the venture is bringing together some industry rivals: Google and Apple. Arthur D. Levinson, chairman and former CEO of Genentech and chairman of Apple, will be CEO and a founding investor.

"Illness and aging affect all our families," said Google CEO Larry Page. "With some longer term, moonshot thinking around healthcare and biotechnology, I believe we can improve millions of lives. It's impossible to imagine anyone better than Art -- one of the leading scientists, entrepreneurs and CEOs of our generation -- to take this new venture forward."

Making a Long-Term Bet

Page acknowledged that many people would be surprised at the Calico venture, considering it's so much different from Google's mission to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.

But, Page said in a Google+ post, he sees tremendous potential for technology more generally to improve people's lives. He warned not to be surprised if Calico invests in projects that seem strange or speculative compared to Google's existing Internet business.

"These issues affect us all -- from the decreased mobility and mental agility that comes with age, to life-threatening diseases that exact a terrible physical and emotional toll on individuals and families," Page said. "And while this is clearly a longer-term bet, we believe we can make good progress within reasonable timescales with the right goals and the right people."

The Right Man for the Job

Also a member of the Roche Board of Directors, Levinson seems to be the right man for the job. He joined Genentech, a well-known biotech firm, as a research scientist in 1980, and served as Genentech's CEO...

Comments are closed.