Indeed, Life Sciences announced the establishment of a center in Israel. The company, which focuses on technology and uses AI to better understand health and prevent, detect and manage disease, was formerly a Google unit called Google Life Sciences, but is currently an independent subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet.
Among other things, Verily has developed a digital platform for managing clinical research, which has already hit the market and has been used in Covid’s research. The company has also developed chronic disease management systems. It really has projects in the research and development phase for analyzing digital data terms, AI in pathology, smart risk management for health insurance and much more. In the past, the company has been developing special spoons for people with tremors and contact lenses that could diagnose blood sugar levels.
Six months ago, Verily raised $ 700 million to begin commercializing some of its developments. The funding round was led by Alphabet with the participation of other funds.
The Israeli center will be led by prof. Ehud Rivlin, who worked for Google Health as a professor of computer science at Technion, the Israeli Institute of Technology in Haifa.
Rivlin said: “This is a wonderful voice of confidence that Verily has really chosen Israel as one of the only places in the world to have a development center. We are interested in helping us talent in Israel and the Israeli ecosystem to make a big difference in the world of medicine.”
Google Vice President Engineer and Head of Google Israel Research and Development Center prof. Yossi Matias said: “Google has been working in Israel for 15 years and currently employs 1,600 engineers in all types of fields, including medicine. We have a very strong research group here in the health sector and the artificial intelligence sector. Bringing Verily here is progress for us in the field medicine and it is a great moment because this is the time when artificial intelligence can make a huge difference in the field of health.
The establishment of the new center comes after a successful collaboration between Google Health (a branch of Google that creates a repository of health records and data) and Jerusalem’s Sha’arei Zedek Hospital, in the field of colonoscopy.
Verilya’s new Israeli center will be located at Google’s development centers in Tel Aviv and Haifa, said prof. Dayan. It does employ five people in key positions, but it remains unclear how many there will be in the entire team.
Posted by Globes, Israeli Business News – en.globes.co.il – August 5, 2021
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