On Wednesday, Google announced the launch of a new company called Calico.
But Calico is far from the ordinary Google enterprise. Underscoring Google’s rapidly burgeoning interest in health and technology, the new unit will focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases.
According to details shared by Google this afternoon, Arthur D. Levinson, Chairman and former CEO of Genentech and Chairman of Apple, will be Chief Executive Officer and a founding investor of Calico.
Although the true scope of Calico’s aims and reach won’t be made clear for some time, the effort alone speaks volumes about Google’s view of healthcare and the role that technology plays in modern efforts to improve human health and wellness.
“Illness and aging affect all our families. With some longer term, moonshot thinking around healthcare and biotechnology, I believe we can improve millions of lives,” says Google CEO Larry Page. “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.”
“I’ve devoted much of my life to science and technology, with the goal of improving human health,” Levinson adds. “Larry’s focus on outsized improvements has inspired me, and I’m tremendously excited about what’s next.”