Google’s Life Sciences division is now called Verily

8 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Alphabet Gets A “V” By Renaming Google Life Sciences To “Verily”.

The umbrella company’s Life Sciences unit used to be part of Google X research and development unit, but the change of name is apparently a bid “to bring together technology and life sciences to uncover new truths about health and disease”, according to the new website, anyway. “We hope this smart contact lens will make it easier for people with diabetes to monitor themselves continuously by measuring the glucose in their tears,” the company stated on its website.Back in the day when Google was Google and not just another company under Alphabet Inc, it had a division called Google X, which was responsible such futuristic feats such as driverless cars and balloons that beam internet all over the world.Verily’s website discusses hardware initiatives such as a contact lens with an embedded glucose sensor, and software efforts like a multiple sclerosis research program that combines wearable sensors with traditional clinical tests.

As Alphabet continues to rejigger their company structure, one of the teams left under the Alphabet umbrella has gotten itself a new moniker, according to Stat News. A Verily spokesperson said “Verily is a new company that is focused on bringing together technology, science and medicine in the places where we think we can have the biggest impact on the detection, management, and prevention of disease.” In August, Google Inc. restructured itself into the Alphabet holding company. The move separated its main online businesses like search, YouTube and Android from more speculative, longer-term businesses such as connected-home unit Nest, Internet service provider Fiber and health care research firm Google Life Sciences. Our multidisciplinary teams have access to advanced research tools, large scale computing power, and unique technical expertise.” The new name for the business is part of Google’s transition to a holding company structure under the parent entity dubbed Alphabet. The newly-named department’s research team is also working on a multi-year project dubbed the Baseline study, which looks to identify traits associated with a healthy human and assess the transformation in an individual as he or she transitions from a healthy to a diseased state.

Google co-founder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page hopes the changes free up Google executives to focus on growing the core operations more efficiently with fewer distractions, while giving leaders of the newer businesses freedom to pursue opportunities without worrying how they affect the rest of the company. The chief executive of Verily is Andy Conrad, a cell biologist. “Andy Conrad will continue to lead the team, reporting to a board made up of representatives from Alphabet and Verily,” said a Verily spokeswoman in an emailed statement. I am really excited to be running Alphabet as CEO with help from my capable partner, Sergey, as president.” The largest of the companies under Alphabet’s wing is slimmed down version of Google, along with the Calico, Nest, Fibre, Google Venture, Google Capital and Google X businesses. µ

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