Verily, Alphabet’s health-focused company is cutting jobs

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Verily, the health-focused company housed under Google parent Alphabet, is laying off staff and announcing a major reorganization, as shared in an email from CEO Stephen Gillett on Verily’s blog. “About 15 percent of Verily roles” have been cut, Gillett said, which translates to more than 200 employees, according to The Wall Street Journal.

As part of Verily’s changes, the company will discontinue development of its Verily Value Suite (which you can read more about on this jargon-filled page) and a number of early-stage products, Gillett wrote. It will shift to a centralized product organization with “increasingly connected healthcare solutions.” Gillett also provided details about the new leadership team, though he noted that the company plans to hire a new Chief Scientific Officer and continues its search for a new CFO.

It is unclear whether Alphabet plans further cuts

Alphabet introduced Verily in 2015 as a new name for the Google Life Sciences division. The company came into the limelight early in the pandemic after former President Donald Trump claimed Google was building a nationwide coronavirus screening website, which it wasn’t; instead, Verily initially launched a very limited screening website for people in California’s Bay Area.

Gillett announces Verily’s layoffs just over a week into his tenure as Verily’s CEO. Previously, Gillett served as Verily’s COO and president, but on January 3, he officially took over as CEO from Andy Conrad.

After we first published this story, The information reported that Intrinsic, Alphabet’s company that focuses on software for industrial robots, is laying off 40 employees, representing nearly 20 percent of the workforce. Intrinsic spokesperson Scott Coriell confirmed the layoffs and the number of people affected The edgebut couldn’t on the size of the company.

“This decision was made in light of shifts in priorities and our longer-term strategic direction,” Coriell said in a statement. “It will ensure that Intrinsic can continue to allocate resources to our highest priority initiatives, such as building our software and AI platform, integrating the recent strategic acquisitions of Vicarious and OSRC (Open Robotics commercial arm), and work with key industrial partners. While incredibly difficult to do, we believe this decision is necessary to continue our mission.”

It’s unclear if Google or other companies owned by Alphabet plan to cut any more jobs.

Update January 11, 9:11 PM ET: Intrinsic statement added.

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