Google has announced a new name for Google Life Sciences, its new foray into health and medicine, recently placed under the Alphabet. Known as “Verily”, it will now work as an independent entity with a focus on using tech to deal with health, as well as detect, prevent and manage diseases.
A Verily spokesperson said in a statement, “Verily is a new company that is focused on bringing together technology, science and medicine in the places where we think we can have the biggest impact on the detection, management, and prevention of disease. It was formerly known as the life sciences team at Google and is part of Alphabet.”
The word means “truly” or “certainly” according to the dictionary. With the Middle English origins the word “Verily” fells out of common use. You might think what made this future focused company to choose an archaic English word as a name. According to Andy Conrad, CEO of Verily, the name is aspirational. “Only through the truth we are going to defeat Mother Nature,” he told STAT.
Previously Google Life Sciences has worked on some revolutionary projects such as bandage-sized glucose monitors. It was also researching a perfect baseline of human health as a part of Google[x]. These projects will now be continued by Verily under the Alphabet structure. And this is the team that’s currently working on a smart contact lens with miniaturized glucose sensor; collaboration with pharma giant Novartis to better understand diabetes and to develop new kinds of continuous glucose monitor.
After refashioning itself as Alphabet, Google stretches its ambitions well beyond search and advertising business to new big bets like smart devices and wearable. Most of these businesses are now run as separate units from Google.