Pictured inset are cancer cells, courtesy of the National Cancer Institute. It’s the Big C. But the letter C in cancer makes the ‘kh’ sound. Such as the letter K, as in killer. Globally, 7.6 million people a year die from cancer. It’s one of the leading causes of death worldwide.
How will Google, a technology leader, play a role in finding the cure for cancer? Google is known for many things like having the best search engine, best email, but not so much for health and well-being. Google does one thing really well though, and that’s innovation. They use their resources to think of ideas, create, and make change. We need change when it comes to cancer.
If one company can do it, it could possibly end up being Google. Cancer needs a company that isn’t afraid to think way outside of the box. Think Google Glass – everyone thought it was goofy and was a joke. It’s still not mainstream, but it’s cutting edge and it’s getting there. Think Google’s self-driving cars. Another cutting edge instrument in technology that is literally paving the way. This is the type of resources, know-how and no-fear that we need as a society to fight cancer.
Yesterday, Google announced Calico. It’s a new company that will focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases. Arthur D. Levinson, Chairman and former CEO of Genentech and Chairman of Apple, will be Chief Executive Officer and a founding investor.
Calico will work to solve some of health care’s most complex problems, one undoubtedly being cancer. In an interview with Time, Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page said:
“In some industries, it takes ten or 20 years to go from an idea to something being real. Healthcare is certainly one of those ares. Maybe we should shoot for the things that are really, really important so ten or 20 years from now we have those things done.”