We talked to the top scientist at Alphabet’s life-sciences company about the common thread uniting all its seemingly random health projects — and how she plans to spend $1 billion

Verily Jessica Mega

  • Verily, the enigmatic life-sciences company formerly known as Google Life Sciences, recently raised $1 billion and appears to have its hands in a wide range of health initiatives.
  • The company is building advanced contact lenses; releasing hordes of bacteria-infected (and thus sterile) mosquitoes in Fresno, California; and building a watch that helps researchers gather data for clinical studies.
  • Verily’s chief medical officer told Business Insider there’s one thread that unites all of its projects: information.

From an outsider’s perspective, the researchers at Google-affiliated health-tech company Verily seem to have their hands in a little bit of everything.

They’re working on contact lenses for people with age-related vision issues; superior versions of the devices that help people with diabetes track their blood sugar; and a watch that helps researchers gather data for clinical studies.

In addition to all that, they’re also setting loose hoards of bacteria-infected (and thus sterile) mosquitoes to wipe out the ones that carry disease; hunting for more personalized cures for Parkinson’s; and helping people fight diabetes on their phones and computers.

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