NIH Taps Google's Verily, Vanderbilt University for Obama's Precision Health Project

The National Institutes of Health has given a grant to Vanderbilt University and Alphabet Inc.’s Verily, formerly known as Google Life Sciences, to recruit volunteers to participate in President Barack Obama’s initiative to help develop personalized therapies for diseases including cancer.

Vanderbilt and Verily will build an online portal to find and enroll people who want to be part of the 1 million-strong cohort, providing genetic and health data that will help develop precision medicines. Congress has approved more than $200 million in funding for the initiative, which was first announced by Obama in January 2015.

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