Google has been aggressively going after the healthcare industry of late. From Calico, the project looking to “cure death,” to one of its latest projects, a pill for early detection of disease, Google X Life Sciences, led by Andrew Conrad, is working to change the way the world thinks about healthcare. Its latest project involves early detection, a critical factor in most diseases.
Through the use of nanotechnology, Google X believes that someday it will be possible to detect cancer, tumors, heart ailments, and other diseases through the use of a capsule that would be cost-effective and noninvasive. The nanoparticles within the capsule would bind to cells responsible for disease. A device worn by patients would then detect the nanoparticles and alert healthcare providers of potential problems. Though the technology is years away, the patents are already in place.
“We’re helping you live long enough so Calico can make you live longer. And I think what’s beautiful about Google is when Google attacks a problem, like healthcare, they really put some force behind it in a magical way.”
-Andrew Conrad (head of life sciences of Google X Labs)