Trying new things isn’t unusual for Google, but the company’s latest venture will certainly raise some eyebrows. Calico will focus on health and well-being, particularly in extending the human lifespan and combating disease. The news, announced on the Google Blog, also mentioned that Arthur D. Levinson, Chairman of Apple, will be appointed as CEO and is a founding investor.
Announcing the new investment, 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.”
Levinson will remain as Chairman of Apple while he assumes his new role, in case anyone was wondering. So there you have it, Google and Apple executives teaming up to extend the human lifespan. Can’t say I saw that one coming.