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Google’s Health Tech Diaspora

Alphabet has invested more than $750 million figuring out why humans get sick and how to deliver treatments better and cheaper. But the company’s biggest influence on health care may come through the Googlers who no longer work there.

Over the past five years, former Alphabet and Google employees have sprinkled themselves across the health and biotech sector, running at least 16 startups that have in total raised more than $1 billion. There is a slew of reasons for this: Silicon Valley money is flooding into charities and funds like Google Ventures that seek innovators in biotech and health care. And cloud computing, mobile computing and social networking are finally mature enough to make new ideas worth a try.

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CORRECTION: Elad Gil is co-founder and chairman of Color Genomics, while Othman Laraki is co-founder and CEO. An earlier version of this article misstated their titles. Also, Vic Gundotra of AliveCor started at Google in 2007. An earlier version incorrectly gave the year he started at Google as 2008.

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