Google’s Verily Life Sciences will set up a R&D center in Israel


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Verily Life Sciences has announced that it is in the process of establishing a center in Israel. The company, which focuses on technology and uses artificial intelligence to better understand health and prevent, detect and manage disease – was previously a Google unit called Google Life Sciencesú but is now an independent subsidiary of Goole’s parent company Alphabet. Among other things, Verily has developed a digital platform for managing clinical research, which has already reached the market, and has been used in research on Covid. The company has also developed systems for managing chronic diseases. Verily has projects in the research and development phase for digital data terminology analysis, artificial intelligence in pathology, intelligent insurance risk management for health insurance, and more. In the past, the company has been developing a special spoon for people with tremors and contact lenses that can diagnose their blood sugar level. Six months ago, Verily raised $700 million to start marketing some of its developments. Alphabet led the funding round jointly with other funds. The Israeli center will be headed by Professor Ehud Rivlin, who worked at Google Health as Professor of Computer Science at the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. Rivlin said, “This is a wonderful vote of confidence that Verily chose Israel as one of the only places in the world where it has a development center. We are interested in having the help of talent in Israel and the Israeli ecosystem in order to make a big difference in the world of medicine.” Google Vice President of Engineering and Head of Google Research and Development Professor Yossi Matthias said, “Google has already been working in Israel for 15 years and currently employs 1,600 engineers in all kinds of fields including medicine. We have a very strong research group here in the health sector and in The AI ​​sector Bringing Verily here is an upgrade in medicine for us and an excellent timing as this is the age when AI can make a huge difference in health.The new hub comes after a successful collaboration between Google Health (a subsidiary of Google that creates repository of health records and data) and Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, in the field of colonoscopy. The new Verily Center in Israel will be located in Google development centers in Tel Aviv and Haifa, Professor Dayan said. Verily is appointing five people to fill key positions but it remains unclear how many The people who will be on the whole team.Published by Globes, Israel business news – en .globes.co.il – August 5, 2021 © Copyright Globes Publisher Itonut (1983) Ltd. 2021


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