Google wants to end the ravaging degenerative diseases that plague the elderly. In fact, it wants to do away with the curse of death altogether. This might be an ambitious goal yet it is worthy of such a huge organization. The setup will be named Calico and it will be headed by Arthur Levinson. Arthur or “Art” as his nickname goes is the former CEO of the biotechnology company known as Genentech.
Larry Page, Google CEO 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.” Art said: “I’ve devoted much of my life to science and technology, with the goal of improving human health. Larry’s focus on outsized improvements has inspired me, and I’m tremendously excited about what’s next.”
Google’s goal is so lofty that it got mentioned on the cover of Time Magazine. And while it may sound slightly strange or even eccentric, this is the way Google works. Besides its search engine services from which it earns so much, Google also has its weird projects such as the driver-less car and now this company which will find a cure for death.
Arthur Levinson is at present the chairman of Apple Incorporated. Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook has given the green light to Arthur to be the head of Calico. In a statement he said that many had lost their family and friends to death and that quality of life was paramount. Art according to Tim was most suited to lead the company.
While the specifics are not out yet, the company believes in extending life and ultimately conquering the age-related diseases. By the way, Google is the only player in the field to experiment with such an extreme solution. Calico stands for California Life Company and Arthur Levinson is a PhD-holder in Biochemistry.