Google is moving further ahead with its initiatives in healthcare technology. At the Wall Street Journal Digital conference, Google Inc. discussed its latest project to design tiny magnetic particles to diagnose health issues like cancer or heart disease. The nanoparticles will be ingested via a pill, that will send data back to sensor on a wristband, to act as an early warning system.
The company is also working on a wearable device that integrate with nanotechnology to attract and count the particles or detect disease with in the body, as a monitoring tool.
As per WSJ report, Andrew Conrad, head of the Life Sciences team at the Google X research lab said that, “We’re passionate about switching from reactive to proactive and we’re trying to provide the tools that make that feasible. Every test you ever go to the doctor for will be done through this system, That is our dream.”
Google won’t collect medical data itself, however it plans to license the technology to others who will handle information and its security. Recently, the company also developed a smart contact lens to detect glucose levels for diabetics and utensils. Many other projects are also run by Google X research team such as self-driving cars, high-altitude balloons to deliver Internet and the Glass wearable computer.
The U.S government is also interested in this space, as it had invested more than USD 20 billion in nanotechnology research since 2001.
According to TechCrunch, Google also released a separate statement related to this project, “Maybe there could be a test for the enzymes given off by arterial plaques that are about to rupture and cause a heart attack or stroke. Perhaps someone could develop a diagnostic for post-surgery or post-chemo cancer patients – that’s a lot of anxious people right there (note: we’d leave this ‘product development’ work to companies we’d license the tech to; they’d develop specific diagnostics and test them for efficacy and safety in clinical trials.”
The nanoparticle project involves more than 100 employees with expertise in astrophysics, chemistry and electrical engineering. “We’re trying to stave off death by preventing disease. Our foe is unnecessary death,” Conrad added.