Apple Chairman to Head Google’s Calico

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 …   Read More

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Apple Chairman to Head Google's CalicoOn 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.”

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  1. ValeryChuprin

    There are two main ways in gerontology. First one, to save
    the lives of people still living. Second, to create human longevity. The second
    way I do not know. But the first one is simple: we should to revive the young
    function and structures the vital organ that to 70-90 years has worn down to a
    critical state, after which comes the death of the organism. It is our skin,
    the shell of the body, its lungs, kidneys and external brain, nervous,
    endocrine, circulatory system, etc. More Ashley Montagu pointed out the
    importance of this organ. For 70-90
    years, it performs much wear and 15-20% of its functions. Hence, the diseases
    of internal organs, which strongly depend on it, hence the death of the
    organism.
    Is it possible to restore young structures and functions of
    old skin? It is. Skin as muscles, bones derived from stem cells, and can
    develop. But nobody does this. Or does wrong. It is matter of technique. Updated,
    hardened skin, this largest organ, will allow organism stay young and live
    without time constraints. There are no genes or programs of aging in the body.
    The human genome is transcribed. This can be done today. It is not expensive,
    but it will bring huge amount of money.                                                                                            
                                               Our aging and death is the result of misunderstanding
    the nature of this phenomenon by gerontologists. This error has already been
    fixed.
    Valery Chuprin, Mr.
    Valery Chuprin, William Mihajlovic, Three layer functional model
    and energy exchange concept of aging process, 
    AGE Magazine, Springer 2006, 28:111–121 
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2464718/pdf/11357_2005_Article_4258.pdf

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