This fascinating story of the rise and fall of Theranos was recently made into a movie for HBO: The Inventor: Out For Blood in Silicon Valley. Theranos is the Silicon Valley start-up that set out to revolutionize medicine. Elizabeth Holmes, the brilliant, charismatic CEO, promised to reinvent the way patients are diagnosed for disease, by creating a machine that simplified blood tests, and gave the consumer more say in their own medical treatment.
Unfortunately, the technology never lived up to the hype, and from 2014 to 2017 Theranos went from a valuation of $9 billion to $0 in a stunning collapse.
Author John Carreyrou is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist from the Wall Street Journal, whose investigative reporting revealed the fraud at the core of Theranos. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup is a fascinating read that will keep you turning the pages until the end.
Read more, with book reviews and author interviews:
- Simon, Scott. “Reporter John Carreyrou On The ‘Bad Blood’ Of Theranos“. NPR Weekend Edition Saturday, June 23, 2018 Saturday. Accessed May 7, 2019.
- Friedell, Deborah. “A Chemistry Is Performed.” London Review of Books, vol. 41, no. 3, Feb. 2019, p. 33.
- Lowenstein, Roger. “This Will Only Hurt a Little: The Biotech Company That Scammed Silicon Valley and How It Got Caught.” New York Times Book Review, June 2018, p. 13.
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