Amazon’s healthcare ambitions are no longer a secret. The e-commerce giant has already decided to invest €3.9 billion in the field in July in order to buy One Medical and ultimately aims to “reinvent” the healthcare sector. But Amazon can go further than that. According to RMC, the American giant has set about developing a vaccine against breast and skin cancer. This entry into this market is well advanced as Amazon has already received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US Food and Drug Administration. This is the organization that authorizes the marketing of drugs in the US market.
Amazon is authorized to recruit volunteers for a phase 1 clinical trial. As part of this project, the giant has teamed up with a US research center and also intends to rely on artificial intelligence in order to develop “customized vaccines,” according to our colleagues. Additionally, RMC states, the e-commerce giant has an in-house lab (the “Great Challenge”) working in the shadows on the fight against cancer. Not to mention the investment that Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of the company until July 2021, has made in Grill, which specializes in liquid biopsy. It promises to detect cancers before the first symptoms appear.
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We should also remember that in 2019, the Seattle giant launched Amazon Care, a telemedicine service first intended only for Amazon employees before it was rolled out to all US companies. Next, Amazon Pharmacy, a platform for the delivery of prescription drugs, was created. And remember, Amazon has abandoned an ambitious project for a new healthcare support system. He wanted an alliance with JPMorgan Chase and the giant Berkshire Hathaway group.
With One Medical, Amazon wants to develop a more modern health offering, in which the healthcare network offers a subscription at $199 per year and guarantees access to online counseling 24 hours a day, as well as other services. A network of 8,500 corporate clients at the end of 2021 and 767,000 subscribers at the end of March. Finally, in the long run, the Seattle giant wants its voice assistant Alexa to act as a caregiver in order to schedule, say, post-operative advice after an operation or monitor blood sugar. And why not find out if your voice has a cold and give you the right medication.
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