MAR 23, 2015 09:17 PM PDT

Google Teams With MIT, Harvard for Genetics Research Project

WRITTEN BY: Ilene Schneider
Google-supported biotech firm Calico is collaborating with Harvard and MIT's Broad Institute on a new initiative centered on studying aging-related diseases.

Both parties will work together to analyze the "biology and genetics of aging" to further understand diseases, such as hypertension and atherosclerosis, and utilize the research findings to formulate treatments, according to the press release the Broad Institute published on March 17.

Said Calico CEO Art Levinson in a statement, "This alliance is a key part of Calico's strategy to bring the best cutting-edge science to bear on problems of aging. The Broad Institute is one of the nation's preeminent research organizations whose outstanding research has repeatedly revealed fundamental mechanisms of the biology and genetics of disease."

The Broad Institute, a joint venture between Harvard and MIT, is an 11-year-old establishment filled with scientists studying the underlying causes of cancer, infectious diseases, and other pathogens.

Calico, though, remains shrouded in mystery. Google introduced the company to the world in September 2013 with a mission to "cure death."

Details are still vague on how Calico will accomplish this goal.

However, this agreement with the Broad Institute is the second research and development partnership Calico has constructed within its brief existence.

Last year, the startup struck a multi-million dollar R&D deal with Chicago-based drugmaker AbbVie to find potential cures for cancer and Alzheimer's.

No financial details were disclosed in this announcement.
About the Author
  • Ilene Schneider is the owner of Schneider the Writer, a firm that provides communications for health care, high technology and service enterprises. Her specialties include public relations, media relations, advertising, journalistic writing, editing, grant writing and corporate creativity consulting services. Prior to starting her own business in 1985, Ilene was editor of the Cleveland edition of TV Guide, associate editor of School Product News (Penton Publishing) and senior public relations representative at Beckman Instruments, Inc. She was profiled in a book, How to Open and Operate a Home-Based Writing Business and listed in Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in Advertising and Who's Who in Media and Communications. She was the recipient of the Women in Communications, Inc. Clarion Award in advertising. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Ilene and her family have lived in Irvine, California, since 1978.
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