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Verb Surgical, Google’s latest gamble in healthcare

Verb Surgical is a young California-based startup established in 2015, which has recently attracted media as it has raised $500m in funding, its two main funders being Alphabet (Google) and Johnson & Johnson. Verb develops surgical robots costing up to…

Roche pursuing M&A again: Flatiron Health acquired for $1.9bn

Switzerland-based multinational Roche announced yesterday evening, after trading closed, that it has acquired Flatiron Health for $1.9bn. Flatiron is a start-up focusing on cancer treatment technology, developing tools such as the electronic health record (EHR) software and real-world evidence for…

Google invests in oncology for the first time

Alphabet, the group owning Google, is one of the 11 investors which poured  $92.7m into the California-based biotech startup Gritstone Oncology, which developed a specific immunotherapy to treat tumors. Gritstone Oncology was created 2 years ago and is aimed at…

Google now offering tests to assess clinical depression

By Googling the word “depression”, users now have the opportunity to undergo a clinical test assessing their levels of depressive symptoms. The test was co-developed by the same Google and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). There is widespread…

Sanofi and Verily (Google) launch Onduo, a JV against diabetes

The France-based group Sanofi and Verily Life Science, part of the Alphabet group (such as Google itself) have announced they have launched a Joint Venture headquartered in Cambridge (MA-US) to provide new treatments and diagnoses for patients with diabetes. The…