Google announces global disease
Larry Brilliant, who recently was named director of the new Google
philanthropic division, has announced plans to form an organization that
will monitor and detect early signs of “emerging global health crises,”
the Wall Street Journal reports.
Brilliant made the announcement at a conference in California. The
organization, tentatively called the International Networked System for
Total Early Disease Protection, will cost $10 million to launch and
might include Sun Microsystems, as well as several venture capital
Brilliant, who will help launch the organization but will not oversee
day-to-day operations, said he has entered discussions with the Canadian
government about the potential integration of the organization with a
similar group in Canada. Such an organization is necessary because “you
can’t stop what you don’t know is there,” Brilliant said.