Google acquires Senosis a health care start-up

Google acquires Senosis a health care start-up

Posted by M.Venkatesh on August 14th 2017

In a  report published in the GeekWire, Shwetak Patel a University of Washington computer scientist has sold his newest Seattle start-up company, Senosis Health to Google.

According to the Wikipedia Shwetak Naran Patel is an American computer scientist and entrepreneur best known for his work on developing novel sensing solutions .He is the Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor at the University of Washington in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering.His technology start-up company on energy sensing, Zensi, was acquired by Belkin International, Inc. in 2010. He was also named a 2011 MacArthur Fellow 
 
He founded Senosis Health with four other clinicians, researchers and tech transfer experts from the University of Washington, won a MacArthur genius grant in 2011 and his past innovations have ranged from energy meters to air quality sensors.
 
With Senosis, the challenge was about turning smartphones into monitoring devices that collect health metrics to diagnose pulmonary function, hemoglobin counts, and other critical health information. The other founders of Senosis included Dr. Jim Stout, a professor of pediatrics and an adjunct professor of health services at the University of Washington; Dr. Margaret Rosenfeld, an attending physician at Seattle Children's Hospital and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine; Dr. Jim Taylor of the University of Washington, and Mike Clarke, the former associate director in UW’s technology transfer office.
 
Patel said that he has always been interested in solving grand challenges” of which health care is certainly one. Now, Patel will just be putting his creative energy to work solving the grand health care challenge for Google. Listen to the full episode with Patel here:
 
The acquisition of Senosis does represent Google’s continued interest in the digital health arena. In 2015, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, launched a new subsidiary known as Verily which was designed to bring together technology, data science and healthcare in a way that would allow people to “enjoy longer and healthier lives.” Now, Patel will just be putting his creative energy to work solving the grand health care challenge for Google.

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