SAN FRANCISCO — The Alphabet division focused on life sciences has a new name: Verily.
Google’s parent company made the announcement on Monday. Verily was part of Google X, the Internet giant’s secretive experimental laboratory.
“Verily is the life sciences team that graduated from their original home in Google[x] to become an independent company back in August, under Alphabet. CEO Andy Conrad will continue to lead the team, reporting to a board made up of representatives from Alphabet and Verily,” spokeswoman Jacquelyn Miller said in an emailed statement.
Verily has a team of doctors, engineers, chemists and technologists working on promoting good health and preventing disease such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. Its head of engineering is Linus Upson, a Google veteran who helped develop the Chrome browser.
Conrad told STAT that the new name is aspirational and reflects a shift away from conventional medical technologies to be more proactive and preventative.
“Only through the truth are we going to defeat Mother Nature,” Conrad said.
According to STAT, a health publication, the division of Alphabet is producing wearable medical devices and miniature sensors to detect cancer or other ailments at very early stages. In addition to gadgets, it’s also working on clinical research and medical software.
Alphabet’s ambitions stretch well beyond Google’s dominant search and advertising business to new big bets from smart devices for the home to wearables. These businesses are now run as separate units from Google.
Verily also released a video on YouTube to promote the new name.
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