Listening to NPR on the way home from strength-training (both good for one’s brain), I caught a little blurb about a new company called Calico. Started by Google, its focus will be on “health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases.” Larry Page, CEO of Google, stated: “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.”
The CEO will be Arthur Levin, former CEO of Genentech, currently Chairman of Apple. Commented Tim Cooke, CEO of Apple: “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. There is no one better suited to lead this mission and I am excited to see the results.”
It’s early days and there are few details to be found yet, but I’m so encouraged by this announcement! Those of us concerned with aging and technology often bemoan the apparent lack of concern shown by such giants as Google and Apple. Maybe this very public presence will open up some avenues for discussion and development.