On Wednesday, Google formally announced the launch of a new company called Calico.
Unlike the typical Google enterprise, this effort focuses on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases.
According to details shared yesterday by the Internet search giant, Arthur D. Levinson, Chairman and former CEO of Genentech and Chairman of Apple, will serve as Chief Executive Officer and a founding investor of Calico.
“For too many of our friends and family, life has been cut short or the quality of their life is too often lacking. Art is one of the crazy ones who thinks it doesn’t have to be this way,” Apple CEO Tim Cook stated on the Google News Blog. “There is no one better suited to lead this mission and I am excited to see the results.”
As of this writing, few details about the initial aims and scope of Calico are known.
“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.”