/ 30 August 2021

Out for blood

REFILE - ADDING COUNTRY Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes leaves after a hearing at a federal court in San Jose, California, U.S., July 17, 2019.  REUTERS/Stephen Lam - RC1B698E9940
REFILE - ADDING COUNTRY Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes leaves after a hearing at a federal court in San Jose, California, U.S., July 17, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam - RC1B698E9940

Jury selection starts tomorrow and the trial starts on 8 September, but Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes’ defence in her Californian fraud case has been hinted at in court documents unsealed yesterday. Holmes set Silicon Valley and the health sector alight with her too-good-to-be-true blood testing technology that the company claimed could run hundreds of diagnostic tests from just a small drop of blood. She was found out when media and regulator investigations found it was rubbish, and she, her partner/colleague Ramesh ‘Sunny’ Balwani, and the company were charged. In the documents, Holmes accuses Balwani of “intimate partner abuse” and her lawyers say that puts a question mark over whether she knew that information provided to the board (including government luminaries Henry Kissinger and George Shultz), investors (including Rupert Murdoch) and others were big fat lies. It’s a high-profile case, so get ahead with this fab doco, which you’ll find on Binge.

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