San Diego Business Journal

Human Longevity Inc. Hires Former Google Exec as Chief Data Scientist

By Brittany Meiling Thursday, July 31, 2014

A diagnostic and therapeutic company in La Jolla has recruited Franz Och, scientist and former head of Google Translate, as the company’s chief data scientist.

Human Longevity Inc. is focused on genomics and cell therapy-based diagnostics, and is building the world’s most comprehensive human genotype and phenotype database to tack the diseases associated with aging and human biological decline.

Human Longevity hopes to use Och’s expertise in language translation and machine learning to develop new computational methods to translate biological information into human phenotype data.

Och is currently recruiting and building a team of research scientists and software engineers who will be located in Mountain View.

Och will report directly to Human Longevity Co-Founder and CEO J. Craig Venter. The new Mountain View facility headed by Och will complement the informatics program at Human Longevity’s La Jolla facility.