Yea, Verily! Google creates a new health and sciences division.

Tuesday 8 December 2015
Nic Crowther's picture
Co Editor
The Shaker

As national discussion continues to focus on innovation, here is today’s international lesson in confusing nomenclature.

Okay. Are you ready?

Google - which around 50 people are now correctly referring to as Alphabet – has renamed its Life Sciences division Verily.



Huh? What?

Stick with me. Verily (which means ‘truly’, or ‘certainly’) is the first stand-alone company under alphabet’s new structure. It’s likely to be the responsible for a number of exciting projects in the health sector, including Google’s sugar-sensing contact lenses, and this week’s reveal of every diabetic’s dream: a new patent for needle-free blood tests.


Part of a Google patent for something we don't understand


The promotional video has all the feels you might expect from such a schick corporation and, while we could get involved in a long discussion around the clarity of Alphabet’s corporate structure and cut-through for the broader public, it looks like Verily is designed to deliver truly innovative leaps in health and science technology.