Google’s Alphabet has a new life sciences unit called Verily

  • Reuters, Chicago
  • Updated: Dec 08, 2015 10:52 IST
Google X’s project to put a computer inside a lens in 2012 has brought together a team proficient in scientific and clinical research, hardware and software to form Verily. (Google)

Back in the day when Google was Google and not just another company under Alphabet Inc, it had a division called Google X, which was responsible such futuristic feats such as driverless cars and balloons that beam internet all over the world.

One of the projects under Google X called Google Life Sciences now has a brand new name -- Verily, which, writes TechCrunch, means “in truth; really; indeed”.

According to Verily’s new website, the company’s mission is “to bring together technology and life sciences to uncover new truths about health and disease.”

Verily already has several projects in the works, including the development of a smart contact lens in partnership with the Swiss drugmaker Novartis that has an embedded glucose sensor.

“We hope this smart contact lens will make it easier for people with diabetes to monitor themselves continuously by measuring the glucose in their tears,” the company said on its website.

The company’s research team is also undertaking a multi-year project, known as the Baseline study, that aims to identify traits associated with a healthy human and the changes that take place as individuals transition from health to disease.

Check out the video introducing Verily below:

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