Wednesday, January 23, 2019

ABC News: "The Dropout: The Rise and Fall of Elizabeth Holmes"

ABC Nightline will air a segment “The Dropout: The Rise and Fall of Elizabeth Holmes”, with a Good Morning America preview here

The narrative concerns her company Theranos, founded in 2003 but defunct in September 2018 (about the time I was traveling in Silicon Valley myself), which offered multiple blood tests from a single drop of blood. Her technology came under question in Oct. 2015, and she has since come under scrutiny from the SEC and CMS, and her personal net worth sank from a few billion to nearly nothing.

The medical tests could be performed in Walgreens for some time.

Back in May, 2018 CBS “60 Minutes” had interviewed a whistleblower here

Elizabeth had left Stanford in 2003 to create her startup. 

I remember a 1950s comedy show called "Life With Elizabeth" where at the end "she" would be asked, "Elizabeth, aren't you ashamed" and she would shake her head.  And in fifth grade (1953) I actually teased a classmate with that first name, who said she would change her name! 
This company’s blood tests have no connection to Jack Andraka’s pancreatic cancer blood test, as depicted in the recent film “Science Fair”.

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