Thursday, April 4, 2019

Theranos: The Film

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Edward Hessler

Do or do not. There is no try. --Yoda

I've posted previously about Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of Theranos, a biotechnology company which was long on promises and very, very short on delivery. It went bankrupt.

According to Damian Garde who has written an assay about an HBO film on Holmes which aired in March, The short version of the Theranos saga goes like this: A precocious dropout dreamed of a better world, so she donned a black turtleneck and invented a device that could diagnose diseases on the cheap by analyzing blood from a pinprick rather than a venous draw. That vision won over heads of state and titans of industry, and everything sounded great until the device turned out to be more Mechanical Turk than spinning jenny.

Garde's essay includes a trailer of the film. It turns out, not to anyone's surprise that she remains elusive as well as her motivations.

The Yoda epigraph at the top was painted on the walls at Theranos and based on the outcome Theranos "did not."

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