She hired her brother. He hired some college buddies – .

She hired her brother. He hired some college buddies – .

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes’s brother Christian, whom she recruited as a senior executive at her blood testing startup, has in turn hired a team of her college friends, one of her friends said. those friends on Friday at Holmes’ criminal fraud trial.
Daniel Edlin told the jury that he and five other friends of Christian Holmes from Duke University were hired as senior product managers, four of them both in 2011 and two later. Edlin and several other Duke graduates ended up helping train Walgreens pharmacy employees who were to provide Theranos testing services from late 2013, Edlin said.

The training program included training Walgreens employees on how Theranos technology can make blood testing more accessible and affordable, and trainees learned that “Theranos was an innovative technology company in Silicon Valley,” said Edlin.

“The goal,” he said, “was to help the technicians at Walgreens get excited and embrace the technology. “

Theranos’ training program for Walgreens staff also involved engineers from Theranos, with Holmes personally approving aspects of the training, Edlin said.

But three years later, the partnership with Walgreens, in which the drugstore giant paid Theranos $ 100 million in “innovation fees” and invested an additional $ 40 million, had collapsed, with Walgreens suing Theranos. then reaching a settlement.

Holmes founded Theranos in 2003 at the age of 19. Accused of allegedly embezzling investors of hundreds of millions of dollars and defrauding doctors and patients by falsely claiming that the company’s machines could perform a full range of tests using just a few drops of blood, she is charged with a dozen counts of fraud. She pleaded not guilty.

Edlin, wearing a navy blue suit, dark tie, white shirt and a few days of beard growth, told jurors at San Jose U.S. District Court that he was also in charge of help organize tours of Theranos headquarters in Palo Alto for potential business partners, investors and VIPs.

His job was to coordinate the installation of the Theranos devices in the showrooms, he said. He described a demonstration in 2013, months before the rollout of patient testing at Walgreens, when Holmes asked him to set up 10-15 of the company’s “miniLab” blood testing machines. The machines, Edlin said, were “on” for the tour. Three years later, he testified, he learned that miniLabs had never been used for clinical trials on patients.

For another demonstration, a Theranos software developer suggested that the company use a special “demo app” with the machines shown to visitors, which would ensure that processing error notifications did not appear on the machines. device screens, according to an email posted in the courtroom.

Edlin told the jury that he worked at Theranos from 2011 until the end of 2016, and quit to attend business school and because he no longer believed “that the company was capable of defending claims she was making about her technology ”.

Federal prosecutor John Bostic earlier in the lawsuit said Christian Holmes was hired at Theranos despite his lack of training in science or medicine, and was making clinical decisions to approve the new blood draw for tests that needed to be redone. In a 2014 internal email shown to jurors, Christian Holmes wrote that “it appears that a new draw is necessary given the disintegration of the cells.”


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