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Google Sets Sights on Health Industry

  • September 28, 2015|
  • 2 years ago

by Davey Alba

WIRED

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Google Won the Internet. Now It Wants to Cure Diseases

Sam Gambhir, a professor of radiology, bioengineering, and materials science at Stanford University who has collaborated with Conrad since before Google Life Sciences was a formal division within Google X, says the division isn’t just playing around. Gambhir says projects on which he’s partnered with Google’s life sciences team include the use of nanotechnology to improve diagnostics as well as devices to continuously monitor biomarkers.

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