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Forget Social Media, Google Venture Fund Likes Biotech

Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 5:35 PM ET
A sign is displayed outside of the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.
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A sign is displayed outside of the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Google's Venture fund is planning to invest $1 billion in a wide-range of start-ups over the next five years, but the firm isn't necessarily looking for the next Facebook , Twitter or other media related business.

"There's a whole world of innovation out there outside of social media. It's a huge growth area, but we're investing a lot of money in life sciences," said William Maris, Google Ventures managing partner.

While Google Ventures, which is currently invested in over 100 companies, is invested in some social media companies, Maris said the fund seeks entrepreneurs that "have a healthy disregard for the impossible" with forward-thinking ideas, especially in biotech.

Google Ventures Into New Technology
William Maris, Google Ventures managing partner, reveals Google's plans to invest $1billion in new biotech start-ups.

Maris said some of the areas he is interested in include businesses that are focused on radical life extension, cryogenics and nanotechnology.

One biotech company Google Ventures is invested in is Foundation Medicine, a molecular information company that is focused on personalized cancer diagnosis so that patients can receive personalized cancer treatments.

"Part of my job is to discern the fine line between crazy and genius," Maris said. "We're looking for entrepreneurs that want to change the world for the better and that's important. So I do think our values are a little bit different than the typical sort of venture capitalist you might meet."



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