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Google joins the biotech-pharmaceutical industry, searching for the fountain of youth

Google has joined the search for the fountain of youth and ways to alleviate the problems of aging.

Google joins the biotech-pharmaceutical industry, searching for the fountain of youth

Google has joined the search for the fountain of youth and ways to alleviate the problems of aging.

The Internet giant, which has changed the world in other ways, announced Wednesday that it was starting a biotech research company called Calico that, "will focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases," according to the company statement. A link is here.

Calico, which is short for California Life Company, according to Arthur D. Levinson, who will be the chief executive officer and founding investor.

Levinson knows of drug development and technology. He will remain chairman of drugmaker Genentech and a director on the board of its parent company, Hoffmann-La Roche. Roche has two New Jersey locations, Nutley and Branchburg. Levinson will also remain as Chairman of Apple.

Levinson explained his thoughts on new venture in a Google Plus post, a link to which is here.

"For example, what underlies aging?," Levinson wrote. "Might there be a direct link between certain diseases and the aging process? We agreed that with great people, a strong culture and vision and a healthy disregard for the impossible, we could make progress tackling these questions, and improving people’s lives."

In a company statement, Google co-founder and chief executive officer Larry Page said: “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. 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.”

David Sell
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