Google officially snatches up DeepMind health team. The Alphabet-affiliated artificial intelligence outfit DeepMind is, well, officially a part of Google as of today. The firm's health-focused team is being wrapped up into Google Health. "Today, with our healthcare partners, the team is excited to officially join the Google Health family. Under the leadership of Dr. David Feinberg , and alongside other teams at Google, we’ll now be able to tap into global expertise in areas like app development, data security, cloud storage and user-centered design to build products that support care teams and improve patient outcomes," said Google in a statement. DeepMind is working on a plethora of health-based machine learning and AI technologies, including those that could potentially identify symptoms earlier than your regular flesh-and-blood physician. (9To5Google)
Alexion CFO abruptly heads for the exits. Shares of biotech Alexion dipped 4.5% in Wednesday trading after the company announced its chief financial officer, Paul Clancy, would be leaving his post. The unexpected departure is raising questions among the investor class, although Clancy's exact motivations are unclear (for now, it doesn't seem that he's headed straight to another company). Alexion is best known for its rare disease treatment Soliris. (Barron's)
The Support of Her Company
How a company supports employees through the pivotal moments in their lives matters. ThriveXMIndex focuses on five key experiences (Career, Family, Health, Financial, and Time). Here, SAP SuccessFactors CMO Kirsten Allegri Williams shares how she reintegrated back to work after beating cancer: Watch the video.
THE BIG PICTURE
India, China jump on the anti-vaping train. This week, China unexpectedly put the kibosh on Juul sales (readers know all about the brouhaha over e-cigs and the vaping industry in the U.S.). Now, India is also banning sales of e-cigarettes over concerns of a youth vaping epidemic and possible health consequences. That's a serious one-two gut punch to the industry, which is now effectively being shunned (or, at the very least, significantly curtailed) by some of the world's largest markets. (Reuters)
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