February 20, 2019

Theranos is finally dead, company to wind down

06 September 2018, 01:14 | Silvia Roy

Theranos was unable to sell itself and is now looking to pay unsecured creditors its remaining cash of about $5 million in the upcoming months, according to an email The Wall Street Journal obtained that CEO David Taylor sent to shareholders.

Theranos, with Holmes at the helm, had claimed that it could run a slew of physiological tests with a simple pin-prick of blood.

Ms Holmes herself became a business pin-up, wearing a black turtleneck jumper that drew comparisons with Steve Jobs, while profiles regularly pointed out that, like other successful tech entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, she was a college drop-out.

The indictment states that Holmes and Balwani falsely claimed that they had developed revolutionary technology that could quickly provide a range of clinical tests from a small drop of blood.

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Big name investors had reportedly lost about $1 billion.

She carefully crafted her image as well, wearing nearly entirely black turtleneck sweaters that earned her the moniker in Silicon Valley as 'the next Steve Jobs'.

It was briefly one of the most celebrated companies in Silicon Valley - but Theranos, a company valued at $9bn (£7bn) at its peak, will soon be no more.

The story raised concerns about the accuracy of Theranos' blood testing technology, which put patients at risk of having conditions either misdiagnosed or ignored.

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Theranos is shutting down, The Wall Street Journal said on Tuesday night, citing a shareholder email.

As Ars reported previously, in March 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed civil charges against Holmes, Balwani, and Theranos, alleging that they had committed "massive fraud".

Theranos Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Holmes speaks on stage at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards where she receives an award, in the Manhattan borough of New York November 9, 2015. The SEC accused them of lying about the company's abilities, financial health and connections to the Department of Defense. Holmes settled with the SEC, agreeing to pay $500,000 in fines and penalties.

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