Google searching for cancer cure

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Google is searching for a cancer cure.

The company announced Tuesday that it is experimenting with designing nanoparticles that would detect cancer and other diseases before their onset.

Andrew Conrad, head of Google Life Sciences division, said it would be to the body what an oil change is to a car.

“Can you imagine changing your oil when the engine is broken?” said Conrad, who made the announcement at the Wall Street Journal Digital conference.

Conrad said it’s time for healthcare to become more proactive than reactive.

Google is working on a wearable device that would detect changes by monitoring nanoparticles in a person’s body. That way, they could detect minor swings in tumor cells and other diseases before it becomes a problem, Conrad said.

This would not be Google’s first foray into healthcare.

Google has partnered with Alcon and Novartis to make a smart contact lens that measures the glucose levels in diabetics’ tears.

The company’s research lab is already in the midst of a study involving 10,000 people for its nanoparticle platform, but is looking for partners to help scale it.

Google’s announcement was certainly opposite of Apple’s.

On Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook told the same audience: “I don’t see Apple getting into cancer research …That’s well beyond our expertise.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s