Thursday, November 6, 2014

Google’s Next Business Venture: The Human Body

In 2010, the executives at Google created a new extension of the company called Google X. This semi-secretive facility focuses on bringing futuristic ideas to life to create new sources of revenue for the search giant.
So far, Google X has primarily been interested in refining far-fetched concepts like self-driving cars, but recently shifted its attention to disrupting a new business venture: the human body.
Google hired Andrew Conrad in March 2013 to lead the charge on this ambitious endeavor.
Conrad has a Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He co-founded the National Genetics Institute (NGI) in 1991, where he created an automated device that drastically altered the blood screening process for HIV and other viruses.
In July, The Wall Street Journal pointed out that this approach made it possible to screen millions of blood samples in a fraction of the time it took for previous tests.
NGI became one of the largest genetics labs in the country, and was acquired by Laboratory Corp. of America in 2000.
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