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How Google Ventures Is Thinking About Biotech

The high-tech and biotech industries have historically followed different paths. As Moore’s Law made everything in high-tech cheaper, innovation in biotech seemed to make drugs and devices more expensive. That’s changing fast, thanks to the collapsing price of gene sequencing. Biotech companies are now scrambling to analyze and manage the flood of data spewing out of those machines.

This week, the two paths meet at the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco. About 20,000 health care executives, entrepreneurs and investors are flying in for three days of meetings and glad-handing in and around Union Square.

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For starters, we co-invest with people who know more than us. We are humble about what we do. But it’s also part of Larry’s and Sergey’s mission. I don’t think they look at Google [Alphabet] as a search company or even a computer science company, but as a platform where they can use technology to have an impact on society.

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