Google announces Calico, a health company aiming to extend human life

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Google is no doubt a big company and can do what it wants to. Now led by Larry Page, it seems Google is taking on the Angel of Death himself. The search giant has announced a new company called Calico, which essentially targets the healthcare sector and aims to extend human life.

Larry Page announced the company and described Calico as a moonshot, along the lines of Google’s self-driven cars. “It takes 10 or 20 years to go from an idea to something being real,” Page explained. “Health care is certainly one of those areas. We should shoot for the things that are really, really important, so 10 or 20 years from now we have those things done.”

The new company will be head by Arthur D. Levinson, former CEO of Genentech and current chairman of Apple. At Calico, Levinson will work as CEO and founding investor. Google though didn’t reveal any more details on how the venture would operate or what it would do.

This is not the first time Google has dipped its feet into the healthcare sector. Its Google Health project aimed at digitizing personal health record services, but unfortunately the service was shut down in 2011.