Alphabet’s most ambitious health projects
Far from being deterred, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have doubled down on health, investing in a variety of different ventures. Calico, part of the Other Bets segment, is focused on anti-aging research.
Some of this stuff is pretty wild and very risky. One project — a glucose sensing contact lens — has already shut down because the technology didn’t ultimately work. Others are already selling to customers. Employees expect the volatility and, as we learned in Alphabet’s earnings report this week, Alphabet treats Other Bets like start-ups, issuing equity in a way that’s not strictly tied to the value of publicly traded Alphabet shares.
Here are five of the more ambitious health-care efforts that Alphabet is undertaking: