Venture capitalist is investing in firms that use computers to improve healthcare

In the mind of former Stanford professor Vijay Pande, software is on the verge of transforming medicine, making it not just better and safer but also less expensive.Pande recently left Stanford to run a new $200-million investment fund devoted to the intersection of computers and biology for Andreessen Horowitz, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm. He said he believes that the fast-declining cost of computing could change medicine the same way that the Industrial Revolution changed how we do just about everything.Pande said it took 10 years and $3 billion to map the first human genome, and now a person’s DNA can be sequenced for $300. One promising application, he said, is using machine learning or artificial intelligence to try to teach computers to perform tasks such as spotting tumors…


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