Calico (company)

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Calico (California Life Company)
Industry Health care Biotechnology
Predecessor(s) Google Health
Founded September 18, 2013 (2013-09-18)
Founder(s) Google Inc.
Headquarters San Francisco, California, United States
Key people Arthur D. Levinson, Cynthia Kenyon, Hal V. Barron, David Botstein

Calico is an independent biotech company established in 2013 by Google Inc. with the stated goal of focusing on the challenge of curing aging and associated diseases.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The new company will be led by Arthur D. Levinson, who is the current chairman of both Apple Inc. and Genentech. [4] The name Calico is shorthand for California Life Company. [7] Leslie Miller penned the official press release from Google about Calico. [8] Arthur Levinson had posted he and four others were principal in Calico on Google+. Those four people mentioned were: Robert Cohen, Hal V. Barron, David Botstein and Cynthia Kenyon. Three of the four named are or were previously affiliated with Genentech. [9]


  1. ^ McNicoll, Arion. "How Google's Calico aims to fight aging and 'solve death'". CNN. 
  2. ^ Jessica Guynn (19 Sep 2013). "Google launches healthcare company Calico to extend life". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Google to form health company led by Genentech chairman". Reuters. 18 Sep 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "TIME Talks to Google CEO Larry Page About Its New Venture to Extend Human Life". Time (magazine). 18 Sep 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Caleb Garling (19 Sep 2013). "Google's 'moon shot' on aging is a biotech firm". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Jane Wakefield (19 Sep 2013). "Google spin-off Calico to search for answers to ageing". BBC News. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Dan Primack (19 Sep 2013). "Google to form health company led by Genentech chairman". Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Leslie Miller (18 Sep 2013). "Google announces Calico, a new company focused on health and well-being". Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Arthur Levinson (19 Nov 2013). "Google+ Post". Retrieved 27 December 2013.