Google targets healthcare in AI accelerator's 1st class

Google unveiled the first class of startups for its artificial intelligence-focused accelerator, called Google Developers Launchpad Studio, according to a Nov. 1 company blog post.

Google Developers Launchpad, headquartered in San Francisco, is a six-month mentorship program targeted toward startups focused on AI and machine learning. The program will provide tailored technical and product support and match selected startups with experts from Google and other companies in Silicon Valley.

"Google is an artificial intelligence-first company," Malika Cantor, a developer relations program manager at Google, wrote on the Google Developers Blog. "These four startups were selected based on the novel ways they've found to apply ML to important challenges in the healthcare industry."

For the first class, Google selected four startups, each of which uses machine learning to tackle healthcare challenges. The company plans to expand the program with startups working in other industries.

Here are the four startups Google selected for the program.

1. Augmedix, which aims to reduce physician burnout and increase productivity

2. BrainQ, which aims to help patients regain movement in paralyzed limbs

3. Byteflies, which aims to accelerate clinical trials and improve value-based care

4. CytoVale, which aims to detect sepsis

To access the blog post, click here.

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