Google Ventures GV headshots Krishna Yeshwant, David Schenkein

David Schenkein and Krishna Yeshwant, who lead the life sciences team at GV, formerly Google Ventures, want to upend the costly, time-consuming process of making new drugs.
They spoke with Business Insider about how they’re approaching the space, which is so stuck in the past that they say any aspect of it is in scope right now.
They’re not the only ones with this interest. But Schenkein and Yeshwant believe they’re in a unique position because their team combines tech and healthcare expertise.
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David Schenkein and Krishna Yeshwant spend a lot of time talking about the time-consuming, expensive process of testing out new medicines.

That’s a natural interest if you consider their backgrounds. Schenkein and Yeshwant are both physicians and venture capitalists who co-lead the life science investment team at GV, formerly Google Ventures. GV oversees more than $4.5 billion invested in 300 companies.

Revolutionizing how drugs are made has become a hot topic across the healthcare industry. Investors plowed about $1 billion into these types of clinical trials startups in the last five years, Business Insider previously reported.

Schenkein and Yeshwant said they’re in a unique position to make a difference in this area, because their team’s expertise spans the worlds of tech and healthcare. That might mean investing in an existing clinical trials company, or starting an entirely new one.

“There’s a lot of infrastructure that needs to be built in order to start talking about machine learning in clinical trials, in clinical data. And so we’re well down the path of working on companies in that space,” Yeshwant told Business Insider this week, speaking from a sleek conference room in Google’s New York City offices.

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Source:: Business Insider

      

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