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Erin Griffith

Das testifies that he had to reply to CMS with a affected person influence evaluation out of a regulatory, skilled and moral obligation.

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Erin Griffith

Das testifies that he defined the problems to Holmes utilizing the instance of feminine sufferers returning irregular PSA ranges (a prostate take a look at) as a result of “females ought to typically not have PSA detectable.”

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Erin Griffith

The CMS report reveals that in quite a few months between 2014 and 2015, a lot of sorts of exams confirmed that 15 p.c of exams had been violating a typical high quality management rule.

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Erin Griffith

There’s a listing of “situations” that weren’t met, together with “analytic methods,” that means the devices and strategies used. Das testifies that he mentioned the problems with Holmes and the Theranos group.

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Erin Griffith

In Nov 2015, CMS did an onsite survey of Theranos’s CLIA lab. In January 2016, CMS despatched Theranos a discover with the heading: CONDITION LEVEL DEFICIENCIES – IMMEDIATE JEOPARDY

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Erin Griffith

Dr. Das was engaged on a CMS audit whereas at Theranos. We focus on a “assertion of deficiencies” that was 121 pages lengthy.

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Erin Griffith

(He joined formally in March 2016, lengthy after Theranos had publicly launched.)

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Erin Griffith

Wow, Das testifies that when he began as lab director, he was not conscious that of Theranos performing any exams that it had developed in-house. No exams on Edison, Minilab or TSPU. No exams on finger stick samples.

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Erin Griffith

Protection is chiming in alongside the way in which in opposition of this doc; the choose shoots it down as it’s already in proof.

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Erin Griffith

Kingshuk Das, a Theranos lab director, has taken the stand. Decreasing the lights to point out displays on a projector within the courtroom feels a bit like a Junior Excessive science class. We see CLIA Lab guidelines that reveals CMS (fed regulators) can revoke CLIA certificates for rule violations.

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Erin Griffith

Redirect and re-cross had been extraordinarily quick and Sawyer is excused. We’re breaking and one other former lab director — Kingshuk Das — is up after lunch. I might be getting a ticket to go to the courtroom so I can really see the projected displays!

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Erin Griffith

That error was found when Theranos was getting ready for an audit of its Clia lab. Sawyer says she wasn’t positive if it was in prep for one or on account of one. And with that Wade is finished.

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Erin Griffith

Once more we focus on that Sawyer agreed to remain at Theranos six weeks after her preliminary contract. Apparently the paperwork had been processed incorrectly and she or he was nonetheless listed because the lab director for a bit and Daniel Younger reached out to her about it.

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Erin Griffith

Wade asks about “an elaborate course of the place they warmed finger and famous locations to attract from.” Sawyer: “That’s fairly commonplace for finger sticks.”

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Erin Griffith

Talkin’ ’bout QA QC LDTs (high quality assurance high quality management lab developed exams). Wade asks Sawyer if she signed off on an LDT for finger stick testing. “Had you ever seen such an elaborate and particular process?” Sawyer says no.

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Erin Griffith

Lance Wade, a lawyer for Holmes, pushed Sawyer to say she solely requested for the record as soon as. We additionally focus on an e mail the place Sawyer agreed to increase her time at Theranos (meant to undercut her feedback that she stop over issues in regards to the lab).

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Erin Griffith

The protection is continuous its cross-exam of Lynette Sawyer, who was a co-director of the Theranos lab for six months. Sawyer had testified that she was annoyed that Theranos didn’t give her a listing of the lab staff.

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Erin Griffith

They’re projecting the displays onto a wall, which isn’t actually coming via within the overflow room. A juror needed to run and get glasses. The choose says he’s “very embarrassed” that the courtroom is having these issues and apologizes.

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Erin Griffith

Enjoyable instances, we nonetheless haven’t began due to some type of technical drawback.

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Erin Griffith

Again in San Jose for one more day of testimony in U.S. v. Holmes. The attorneys are as soon as once more preventing about upcoming testimony.

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Erin Griffith

She resigned in 2015 as a result of she was “very uncomfortable in regards to the lack of readability in regards to the lab” and who was in it. There was not even an individual she might attain out to to speak about points she had with the paperwork she was meant to log out on.

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She by no means acquired experiences about lab actions. She solely noticed paperwork about F.D.A.-approved exams on common blood analyzers. She had no understanding that Theranos was utilizing its personal gadgets on assays. Whew.

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Erin Griffith

She by no means met Elizabeth Holmes. She by no means met her lab co-director (the longtime dermatologist of Sunny Balwani). Her job was to signal Docusign paperwork that she had no skill to edit.

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Erin Griffith

So, Dr. Sawyer turned co-director of the lab after Rosendorff left. She was informed nothing about his departure. She by no means went to Theranos’s lab. By no means knew something about it creating its personal exams. By no means heard of Edison, Minilab, or any of Theranos’s labs.

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Erin Griffith

New witness for the final half-hour of the day. The U.S. has known as Lynette Sawyer. She was a co-director of Theranos’s California medical lab between 2014 and 2015. She was initially meant to be a fill-in for 2-3 months.

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Erin Griffith

Throughout that point, was Ms. Holmes nonetheless your main supply of details about Theranos? Lucas says sure. Lucas additionally testifies he didn’t have any details about Theranos’s monetary scenario earlier than investing in 2013.

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Erin Griffith

Protection made some factors earlier about Holmes’s age. Lucas incorrectly estimated her age as 19 when he first invested (she was 21). In re-cross, Bostic factors out that she was 29 with a decade on the helm of Theranos by the point Lucas’s second funding was made.

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Erin Griffith

Protection factors out that Lucas acquired a 2.5 p.c payment and 16 p.c of the upside for investments he made on behalf of Corridor Group into Theranos. Black Diamond Ventures acquired comparable phrases on the investments made into Theranos on behalf of 30 people.

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Erin Griffith

Downey tried to make the purpose that Lucas’s rush to get into the late 2013 deal could have been to get in at a lower cost since Theranos was additionally planning one other spherical of funding at a better value the following yr.

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Erin Griffith

For the final half-hour or so we now have carried out a deep dive into the minutia of Black Diamond’s 2006 funding. Which funds, the closes, the co-investors, the worth, the greenback quantities.

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Erin Griffith

As soon as once more we’re proven a million-dollar funding quantity with a 25 cents on the tip. Downey asks Lucas to elucidate that and he affords up a, “Actually? You need me to reply that?” (The reason being to make it a good variety of shares.)

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Erin Griffith

We’re occurring a break and counsel plans to speak about “that morning matter” which was a cryptic factor about “transactions” earlier than we return. No concept what it could possibly be.

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Erin Griffith

Downey spends a variety of time on Theranos’s patents and I’m unsure what the upshot is moreover exhibiting that having a patent is a optimistic for buyers. Lucas says creating the know-how is extra vital.

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Erin Griffith

Downey reveals Lucas a listing of ordinary due diligence paperwork — company information, and IP lists, and materials agreements, and so on. Did Lucas have a look at these for Theranos? “No we didn’t conduct all of this.”

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Erin Griffith

Downey asks if its customary for VC corporations to retain a legislation agency for diligence in offers and whether or not Don Lucas or Pete Thomas of ATA Ventures, one other Theranos V.C. investor, did so. Chris Lucas says he doesn’t know.

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Erin Griffith

Lucas is now being cross-examined by Kevin Downey. Did he have interaction within the regular means of assessing an organization? “I don’t keep in mind how a lot diligence we did. This was a scenario the place Don had already been on the board. … Clearly we felt very snug.”

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Erin Griffith

As soon as once more, we see the Parloff Fortune article. At concern just isn’t the truth that the article had inaccurate information (which Fortune later corrected), it’s that Holmes despatched it to so many buyers. “Nice article!” Lucas says. “Very happy with the scenario, proud we had been concerned, very happy with Elizabeth, the entire thing.”

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Erin Griffith

Why didn’t Holmes need to give full financials to buyers? Commerce secrets and techniques. “She was very involved, and probably rightly so, that what she was engaged on was very transformative and they didn’t need to have any data get out into the general public area in order to provide one in all her opponents an opportunity to crush the corporate earlier than the corporate acquired to fruition.”

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Erin Griffith

Lucas testifies that the danger profile of his two investments in Theranos had been very totally different: In 2006, it was early stage and excessive threat. By the most recent stage 2013 deal, “the danger goes down and you’ll hope to have a better certainty of return.”

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Erin Griffith

Lucas testifies that it was very uncommon to speculate with out getting full financials from a portfolio firm however he felt snug doing it with Theranos due to his relationship with Holmes.

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Erin Griffith

U.S. Legal professional John Bostic goes via all of the legalese within the funding docs, since we all know that the protection will attempt to use these disclaimers that say buyers acknowledge threat and are refined and so on. in its cross-exam.

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It is a wire fraud case so we gotta speak in regards to the precise, you already know, cash wires. Lucas discusses the logistics of the wire switch from Lucas’s fund to Theranos, which, enjoyable reality, is definitely formally named Actual-Time Cures.

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Why the urgency? As a result of Walgreens needed to convert its $40 million word to fairness by the tip of the yr. Lucas says he supported that as a result of “You need extra individuals within the wagon serving to fund the corporate.”

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Erin Griffith

Lucas was additionally cautious of how shortly Theranos was making an attempt to shut the spherical. Two weeks between opening the spherical and shutting was “fairly compressed.”

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Erin Griffith

We see a listing of questions that Lucas emailed to Holmes prematurely of the 2013 funding. He was pushing her on when buyers might get a liquidity occasion.

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Erin Griffith

~ Checking the containers ~ Prosecutor John Bostic asks about all the varied (inaccurate) claims Theranos made about its know-how, partnerships, enlargement plans, accuracy, and so on. Was that an vital think about investing and why? Each investor has gotten this record of questions.

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In 2013, the agency invested $5.4 million. Holmes was his primary supply of information for Theranos. His uncle secondary. They incessantly had meals collectively and knew one another socially. However “there was not a variety of transparency” about what was occurring within the firm, he stated.

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Erin Griffith

In 2006, Black Diamond Ventures invested $1.5 million into Theranos. “It was actually past a drawing on a serviette however we didn’t consider at the moment that’s was purposeful and absolutely developed.”

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Chris Lucas based the agency in 1998. Don Lucas launched him to Holmes, who he stated this about: “She’s very passionate in regards to the venture. Very honest in what she was making an attempt to do. Labored on a regular basis. It was all Theranos on a regular basis for Elizabeth.”

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🩸🩸Again in courtroom right this moment for U.S. v. Holmes.🩸🩸 The USA has known as Christopher Lucas, whose agency Black Diamond Ventures was an early investor Theranos. He’s the nephew of the famed investor Donald Lucas.

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Erin Woo

After a really environment friendly redirect, Mosley is finished, and courtroom is ending for the day. Trial will resume at 9:30 a.m. Pacific time tomorrow.

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Erin Woo

Did Theranos at present have income? Sure. Use its personal gadgets? Sure. Schenk: “Did you suppose Ms. Holmes had a imaginative and prescient that someday Pfizer would write one thing good about Theranos?” No, he learn it as a research that had already occurred.

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Erin Woo

All of Schenk’s questions are about whether or not Mosley thought Theranos’s claims had been present, or Ms. Holmes’s imaginative and prescient. Again and again, Mosley’s saying that he thought Theranos was at present doing these items.

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Erin Woo

Mosley stated he had an understanding that Theranos might carry out correct exams. Once more, that got here from the supplies. He additionally thought they’d a wholesome relationship with Walgreens on the time, from the supplies and the Fortune article.

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Erin Woo

Schenk: Did you perceive that Theranos might at present carry out an unlimited array of exams? Mosley: I did. Mosley testifies that understanding got here from the written supplies.

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Erin Woo

Cross is finished, and we’re onto redirect. Schenk says he has simply “a few questions.”

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Erin Woo

Again to a number of the web site language that got here up in Edlin’s testimony. “Often, a venipuncture could also be required based mostly on the lab order, however that is unusual, and our intention is to eradicate this solely.” Mosley: “I don’t consider I knew this on the time.

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Erin Woo

We’re taking a look at an archived copy of the Walgreens web site. A distinguished heading: “Goodbye massive, unhealthy needle.” A footnote all the way in which down the web page notes that testing might occur with a finger stick or venous draw. Mosley says he doesn’t keep in mind seeing this language.

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Erin Woo

We’re returning to due diligence. Wade asks if Mosley seemed on the Theranos web site, and Mosley responds, “I can’t think about that I didn’t have a look at the web site.”

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Erin Woo

Kissinger is quoted on this Parloff article saying that “there isn’t a efficiency related to” Elizabeth, which is ironic, provided that her public persona — the voice, the turtlenecks, the crimson lipstick, and so on. — was such an enormous a part of the Theranos fantasy!

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Mosley testifies that the article was “a really compelling story” that was “completely” impactful when he learn it. Wade’s going via the article web page by web page.

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Erin Woo

We’re again to the Parloff article! Mosley despatched it to the C.E.O. of the DeVos household workplace.

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Erin Woo

Holmes spoke on an hour-long panel known as “Sport Changers.” (Wade wished to publish extra of this doc, which listed all the totally different audio system on the 2014 BDT convention, however Choose Davila stated it wasn’t related.)

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Erin Woo

We’re discussing an investor convention the place Mosley met Holmes for the primary time. Wade asks if Mosley would characterize it as a “Woodstock for personal household places of work,” the perfect line of the day to this point; Mosley declines however agrees that it was for “excessive web price people.”

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Erin Woo

Wade is now speaking in regards to the Pfizer report. He has Mosley verify that he thought Pfizer had written the report, however by no means really immediately requested whether or not Pfizer had.

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Erin Woo

Wade is asking about Mosley’s characterization of Theranos’s “nationwide retail footprint,” noting that the Walgreens partnership was solely in CA and AZ — seemingly making an attempt to point out that Mosley could have additionally overstated Theranos’s attain.

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Erin Woo

Mosley additionally wrote: “Essentially the most intensive proof equipped concerning the reliability of the Theranos know-how and its software is a Research Report ready by Pfizer based mostly on a medical most cancers remedy trial.” As we all know, Pfizer didn’t put together it.

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Erin Woo

We’re again to the memo Mosley wrote. He referred to a Johns Hopkins evaluation that concluded that the know-how “is novel and sound.” Mosley additionally famous the Walgreens partnership. Wade asks: Would you anticipate Walgreens to do due diligence? Mosley responds: Sure.

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Erin Woo

Wade is strolling us via the binder Theranos gave Mosley to evaluation. Included within the binder: a line claiming that “Theranos know-how is ready to carry out the complete menu of laboratory exams,” together with round 200 pages of supporting materials.

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Erin Woo

Nonetheless, in a 9/2/14 memo Mosley wrote to Kissinger, he wrote: “There’s substantial information and different data testifying to the standard, efficiency and reliability of the Theranos know-how and tools.” Wade highlights this line.

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Erin Woo

Wade asks Mosley to verify that he hadn’t carried out substantial analysis into the corporate at this level, and Mosley counters that he doesn’t suppose he would have had a approach to.

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Erin Woo

Mosley testifies that his 2014 evaluation of Theranos got here from printed supplies offered by the corporate and his conversations with Holmes. Wade notes that Mosley didn’t point out media in his define, however Mosley stated he had “actually” learn media articles in regards to the firm.

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Erin Woo

He was additionally related with the Oppenheimer household ($20 million) and John Elkann ($5 million), who had been mates of Kissinger’s however not Mosley’s shoppers.

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Erin Woo

Mosley was VERY well-connected with Theranos’s buyers. Per a slide entered into proof, he was the lawyer for the Walton household ($150 million invested), DeVos household ($100 million), Cox household, ($100 million), Andreas Dracopoulos ($25 million), Henry Kissinger ($3 million).

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Erin Woo

Good morning! I’m again within the courtroom for the Elizabeth Holmes trial. After some pretrial arguments about whether or not testimony from a affected person known as BB needs to be excluded (no determination but disclosed), the lawyer Daniel Mosley is on the stand to proceed his cross.

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Erin Griffith

The jury is dismissed for the day. Chaotic vibes right this moment, between the man who snapped a photograph within the courtroom, a stifling 76 diploma room and a labored up individual within the corridor bugging journalists about their parking dispute.

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Mosley’s description of what he does at BDT is comically obscure. “I’m concerned within the administration of the agency, I run the New York workplace. We advise and work with excessive web price households and I do this kind of labor.”

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I think about this might be a contentious cross-examination. We’re already speaking third-generation billionaires and ranges of white shoe legislation agency status.

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Erin Griffith

Theranos’s funding docs had a provision for obligatory redemption, i.e., the corporate might purchase again shares at any value at any time. 🤔 Holmes reassured Mosley that wouldn’t occur.

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Erin Griffith

We see a listing of Theranos’s dangers in Mosley’s memo to Kissinger. Prosecution asks why it doesn’t record the danger that Holmes might give inaccurate descriptions of her firm’s know-how. “I didn’t consider it was a threat,” he says.

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Erin Griffith

Mosley testifies that he preferred that Elizabeth Holmes’ shares in Theranos had 100x voting energy of the opposite buyers. “She was clearly a visionary that had created this firm and developed the know-how and having her accountable for the corporate was an excellent factor.”

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Erin Griffith

Mosley wrote a memo to Henry Kissinger about Theranos’s know-how with a powerful, robust endorsement. He believed absolutely within the conclusions from the pharma validation experiences.

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Erin Griffith

Byron Trott’s agency, BDT, threw a convention in Chicago in 2014, the place Mosley launched Holmes to the DeVos household, the Walton household and the Cox household — all shoppers of his.

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Erin Griffith

We speak in regards to the income projections and Schenk pre-empts the protection’s argument that projections are in regards to the future and never purported to be correct by asking Mosley about that. Because it was October, Mosley anticipated the $140 million income projection for the yr to be fairly shut.

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Erin Griffith

It’s unbelievable how a lot mileage Holmes acquired out of 1 Fortune article. I believe each investor who has testified stated they learn it. I assume prosecution retains bringing it up as a result of we all know the creator Roger Parloff will quickly testify.

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Erin Griffith

We run via the whole rigmarole we now have now seen many instances: itemizing out the particular and clear guarantees Theranos made to buyers about its know-how and the investor testifying they invested on that data.

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Erin Griffith

We’re taking a look at illegible handwritten notes Mosley took and it appears like deciphering historic scrolls

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Erin Griffith

Holmes snail mailed Mosley a thick stack of shows in 2014. We focus on strains like: “The corporate plans to be personal for the long run.” “Theranos has grown from money from its contracts for a while.”

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Erin Griffith

The Net of Highly effective Males goes on: We see an e mail the place Mosley affords to attach Holmes to the Walton household. Mosley says Holmes wished buyers who had been “top quality households.”

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Erin Griffith

Subsequent witness is Dan Mosley, a lawyer and man about enterprise. He invested $6 million in Theranos after Henry Kissinger, his consumer, launched him in 2014. He now works for Byron Trott, Warren Buffett’s banker who was mentioned throughout the DeVos testimony.

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Erin Griffith

Theranos’s work with S-P fell off when the corporate merged with Merck. We see emails from Holmes to Cullen making an attempt to maneuver the validation ahead with no response from Cullen. Kline make the ultimate level that S-P by no means informed Holmes about her issues.

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Erin Griffith

Kline, who’s rather a lot folksier than Wade, asks Cullen to repeat that she by no means voiced her issues with Theranos to the corporate as a result of it was awkward. Other than one e mail, is Cullen conscious of any emails from S-P or Theranos asking for extra data? “No.”

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(Be aware: This was 2009.) “There was inadequate technical element for us to have the ability to consider the know-how.” She says Holmes answered virtually completely, even questions directed to others.

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Erin Griffith

Cullen testifies she by no means objected to the validation protocol. We see the bill for Theranos’s work with S-P with the target of “complete validation of the Theranos cytokine panel below F.D.A./I.C.H. tips.”

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Erin Griffith

Kline asks in regards to the validation work that S-P did with Theranos was ample. “It hit the necessities, however on the finish of the day, the execution wouldn’t have been in alignment with F.D.A. necessities for validation.”

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Erin Griffith

John Kline is main a cross-examination. Cullen testifies that S-P was impressed with the demo they did of 1 blood take a look at on a Theranos machine they got.

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Erin Griffith

Within the second model of this doc, the conclusion provides the phrase “extra” to the road in regards to the outcomes’ accuracy. Cullen says once more she doesn’t agree with that conclusion. Finish of direct examination of Cullen.

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Erin Griffith

We see the notorious validation report that featured Schering-Plough brand. Cullen says she didn’t agree with the report’s conclusions and nobody at S-P stated the docs had been correct.

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Erin Griffith

Cullen says she didn’t say something about it on the assembly as a result of “um, it’s awkward.” Sadly I can’t see Holmes’s expression however I’ve a sense in the event that they run into one another within the lavatory later it’ll be much more awkward! 😬

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Erin Griffith

Cullen provides that there have been no direct solutions to questions and the questions had been pretty technical, so the reply needs to be pretty technical and direct. “There have been what I’d describe as cagey responses or makes an attempt to redirect to different matters of debate.”

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Erin Griffith

We see a calendar invite and agenda from a Could 5 assembly. This was the primary time Cullen met Holmes in individual. Cullen stated she requested many questions and “was dissatisfied, fairly truthfully, with the response to the questions.”

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Erin Griffith

Peterson is excused. Subsequent witness is Constance Cullen. Cullen labored at Schering-Plough. They requested her to take part in evaluating Theranos’s know-how. They beta examined a couple of machines and she or he visited Theranos’s places of work.

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Erin Griffith

It’s often fairly clear within the gallery who’s a reporter and who’s a member of the general public. There are all the time a couple of individuals in fits who I can’t fairly place. The man who took a photograph had a go well with on. He’s, unsurprisingly, not right here now.

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Erin Griffith

Uh… we went on a break as a result of somebody walked into the again of the courtroom and took a photograph. That individual is now being chastised by the choose.

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Erin Griffith

Theranos informed RDV in October of 2014 that it might do $140 million in income that yr. It had zero. Prosecutor Robert Leach: “Did you in anyway dream that income for that yr can be zero?” She says no, “projections needs to be considerably shut.”

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Erin Griffith

Peterson pushes again: “You’re making an attempt to measure our sophistication as an investor after we weren’t given full data.” Wade strikes to strike and Choose Davila tells Peterson to attend for Mr. Wade’s questions.

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Erin Griffith

Wade reveals Peterson the authorized settlement for the funding and goes via all the conventional disclaimers — projections can change, the funding was speculative, RDV (the DeVos agency) was accredited and complicated, and so on. The “you need to have recognized higher” argument.

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Erin Griffith

Some factors of rivalry: When the funding determination was made. Whether or not Peterson had gone to Theranos’s web site to see it marketed CLIA lab exams. What Theranos stated about its army work. Feedback Peterson made in prior depositions that contradict her testimony right this moment.

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Erin Griffith

Wade retains asking questions meant to lure Peterson over prior feedback, she retains providing extra detailed solutions, Wade retains hanging her solutions from file. After hanging not less than 5, the choose scolds Wade: “A few of your questions are lend themselves to an evidence.”

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Erin Griffith

Proper out the gate prosecution objects to an e mail protection is utilizing to refresh Peterson’s reminiscence that she wasn’t on. Choose Davila: Something can be utilized to refresh a witness’s recollection — a shoe, a sock…. Protection lawyer Lance Wade: I’ll maintain my sneakers on, your honor.

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Erin Griffith

🩸 US v. Holmes continues right this moment with cross-examination of Lisa Peterson, who managed the DeVos household’s $100 million funding in Theranos.

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Erin Griffith

Court docket for US v. Holmes is cancelled for right this moment, damaged water primary. Again Tuesday! Weekly “wrap-up” of someday of testimony coming quickly.

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Erin Griffith

Now a courtroom marshall is actually hovering over my shoulder watching and listening to me kind. There’s an overflow room however the sound is terrible and unreliable. So.. .I believe I’ll save my keystrokes for my very own notes and restrict my tweeting for the remainder of right this moment.

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Erin Griffith

It went on and on, with Wade even studying notes from a deposition by RDV attorneys from years prior that used the time period unicorn and Peterson insisting, “I’d by no means use that phrase, unicorn.”

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Wade: Have you learnt what a unicorn is?

Peterson: Are you able to clarify it?

Wade: You’re the funding skilled.

Peterson: It’s not one thing we usually spend money on.

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Erin Griffith

Improbable unicorn content material with protection and witness quibbling over the definition of a unicorn.

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Erin Griffith

A number of dialogue about Dan Mosley, who was a lawyer at Cravath. Some paperwork had been emailed by way of private Gmail accounts, Peterson stated, as a result of “We didn’t know what his function was in all of this. We didn’t need to get him in hassle.”

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Erin Griffith

Lance Wade (Holmes’s lawyer) just isn’t taking part in good with Peterson, grilling her on whether or not the DeVos household really ever learn her memos and her previous feedback below oath in depositions about that reality.

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Erin Griffith

That is an fascinating malicious program to play the jury movies that clearly and succinctly summarize what we now have realized thus far about Theranos’s issues and likewise exhibiting Holmes saying the buck stops together with her – “I’m the founder and CEO of this firm.”

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Erin Griffith

Choose Davila has overruled objections to taking part in clips of Holmes on Mad Cash and we’re watching the half the place she says “That is what occurs if you work to alter issues. First they suppose you’re loopy, then they battle you, then you definitely change the world.”

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Erin Griffith

We’re taking a look at Theranos’s income projections, together with that daring $990m for 2015 (with a $230m revenue). Peterson stated she didn’t know that Theranos had zero income in 2013 and 2012.

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Erin Griffith

Recall {that a} Pfizer exec testified it had nothing to do with that validation report. It by no means validated Theranos’s tech. However Theranos put its brand on the report and confirmed it to buyers.

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Erin Griffith

Prosecution reveals Peterson the falsified validation report we now have heard a lot about. “Did you consider this report as ready by Pfizer?” “Sure.” Peterson says that endorsement was an enormous think about investing.

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Erin Griffith

A well-recognized rundown of Theranos claims to buyers. Its know-how had been “comprehensively validated over the course of the final 7 years by 10 of the 15 largest pharmaceutical corporations” and subjected to proficiency testing and audits from regulatory businesses.

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Erin Griffith

We see a memo that hits this level once more, stating that Theranos’s objective was to search out buyers “with much less emphasis on liquidity and extra emphasis on long run capital appreciation.”

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Erin Griffith

“She was hand selecting 5-6 personal households to spend money on her firm. … She was inviting us to take part on this alternative.” Peterson says Holmes didn’t need giant PE corporations/institutional buyers b/c they wished Theranos to go public and she or he wished to remain personal.

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Erin Griffith

Attention-grabbing level about energy dynamics of investing in excessive threat startup unicorns: “Did you’re feeling like Theranos was choosing you as an investor?” Peterson: “Very a lot so.”

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Erin Griffith

When Peterson’s group requested Holmes in regards to the dangers of investing in Theranos, she stated the danger was within the “execution” of the Walgreens rollout. Was there a dialogue of know-how threat? Peterson says no.

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Erin Griffith

We see an e mail from Jerry Tubergen, C.E.O. of RDV, to colleagues. He hooked up the notorious Fortune cowl story, writing “This morning I had some of the fascinating conferences I can recall with the ladies profiled within the hooked up Fortune journal article.”

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Erin Griffith

Lisa Peterson has taken the stand and defined her function at RDV Company, the household workplace of the DeVos’s. She manages their PE fund investments and co-investments.

She requested to work on the Theranos deal bc she’d had some healthcare investing expertise.

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Erin Griffith

Evidently that is extraordinarily nerve-racking for the media right here. Members of the press now policing bystanders to comply with the principles (silence telephones and so on) in order to not piss off the choose.

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Erin Griffith

(To begin with the juror who finds the typing distracting ought to actually put on the listening to aids offered by the courtroom. Second, it is a pandemic drawback. Jurors are spaced out and a few are sitting within the first rows of the viewers.)

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Erin Griffith

Ugh as soon as once more the jurors are annoyed with loud typing from the press gallery. The choose says if he will get one other criticism he’ll banish all laptops to the overflow room. A courtroom marshal goes to implement the “silent keyboard” rule (WHICH IS NOT A THING!).

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Erin Griffith

After her we’ll hear from Alan Eisenman, one other investor.

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Erin Griffith

At the moment’s first witness might be Lisa Peterson, who manages cash for the DeVos household.

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Erin Griffith

If there’s one factor Choose Davila hates its getting right into a “mini-trial” about facet points with no bearing on the problems being tried.

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Erin Griffith

🩸 Elizabeth Holmes trial, Week 8 🩸

The attorneys are as soon as once more beginning the day by preventing over proof: Prosecution needs to point out video clips of Elizabeth Holmes defending Theranos on Mad Cash and elsewhere after the WSJ expose.

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Erin Griffith

Cross-examination wrapped up. P.S. Appears like we’re going to start out doing bonus trial days on Mondays. All blood on a regular basis!! 🩸💉🩸💉🩸💉🩸💉🩸💉🩸💉🩸💉🩸💉🩸💉🩸💉🩸💉🩸💉

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Erin Griffith

Protection asks whether or not the popularity of Don Lucas, the partnership with Walgreens, its patent portfolio and its massive title board members had been components in his determination to speculate. Tolbert says sure.

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Erin Griffith

The decision in query was really with Chris Lucas’s funding fund and Holmes was solely on a part of it. Protection performs part of the tape the place Lucas explains a inventory break up that offers Holmes full management: “She has a agency grasp on the corporate — let there be no mistake.”

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Erin Griffith

In some ways this trial boils down one central rigidity which is taking part in out on this cross-examination: Have been these buyers fools who didn’t do correct diligence? Or was their diligence tainted as a result of Holmes fed them unhealthy information?

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Erin Griffith

I’m unsure how properly this clip really makes the protection’s case, since she instantly says the funding cash will permit them to choose up work on these tasks “in parallel.” Protection hits Tolbert for not asking following up questions after the decision.

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Erin Griffith

On cross-examination, protection replays some parts of the investor name. On this one, Holmes discusses how Theranos was pausing its work on army and pharmaceutical tasks so as to focus solely on the retail rollout.

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Erin Griffith

We’re now going via the technical means of describing how Corridor Group wired its funding cash to Theranos. That is, in spite of everything, a wire fraud case.

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Erin Griffith

One factor talked about on the investor name which has not been addressed — Holmes famous that there have been some early buyers who had been on the lookout for liquidity. Surprise if we’ll study particulars about whether or not anybody cashed out alongside the way in which and who they had been.

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Erin Griffith

Tolbert says Theranos’s purported army work was an enormous a part of why he invested as a result of it spoke to a larger mission. “Theranos wasn’t nearly a possibility to earn a living … however to take action in a approach that was useful for tons and plenty and plenty of individuals.”

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Erin Griffith

I.P.O.? Theranos has a really long-term mind-set. “We plan on doing this for the following 20-30-40-50 years.” Navy? Confidentially, it’s “an enormous deal for us.” Competitors? That’s why we’re so secretive. How are costs so low? We’re remodeling the care course of, ergo financial savings.

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Erin Griffith

We hearken to a protracted recording of Holmes answering questions from buyers about when the corporate will go public, whether or not it really works with the army and its competitors. Her solutions, because the Pfizer man eloquently put it, are “non-informative, tangential, deflective and evasive.”

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Erin Griffith

Within the recording, Holmes says Theranos was rising on “money from operations,” a.okay.a. profitably, since 2006. Tolbert testifies he believed the proceeds of the 2013 fund-raise can be used for retail enlargement — not R&D or tech growth.

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Erin Griffith

I forgot to tweet that one other juror acquired dismissed right this moment for trigger. Kinda nervous I’m unhealthy luck, each time I come again from lacking a couple of days of the trial, one other one bites the mud.

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Erin Griffith

In a 3rd recording, Holmes describes fund-raising — in 2013 Theranos issued shares at $75 a share, up from 82 cents a share when Corridor Group and Chris Lucas’s agency first invested in 2006.

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Erin Griffith

In a second recording, we hear Holmes describing the way in which Theranos disrupts conventional phlebotomy with its finger prick exams. Tolbert testifies that that’s the reason he invested.

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Erin Griffith

We’re going till 4 p.m. right this moment however I doubt we get to 3 not to mention 4 witnesses. Tolbert testifies in regards to the clip we simply heard and his impression of what he thought Theranos was really doing. (Blood testing machines — not a central lab.)

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Erin Griffith

Holmes glanced verrrrrry briefly over to the jury after the recording. In any other case sitting up stick straight and never shifting, as regular.

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Erin Griffith

Sadly I’m not in a position to see the jurors’ faces upon listening to Holmes’s voice for the primary time. Within the recording, she is giving the standard pitch about Theranos’s massive imaginative and prescient of making “the biggest lab within the nation” and to “change the truth of lab testing right this moment.”

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Erin Griffith

We’re going to hearken to some recordings of a name Holmes had with buyers. Earlier than introducing them, Schenk, the prosecutor, requested Tolbert if he had had the prospect to “observe” Holmes’s voice in conferences and on the decision. 👀

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Erin Griffith

In 2013, Corridor Group invested $5 million into the corporate. The corporate had round 10 days to determine on the funding and the share value had jumped to $75 a share. Tolbert recorded a pitch name with Holmes. He stated he’d been annoyed about not having a variety of details about Theranos.

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Erin Griffith

We see an e mail from Chris Lucas to Corridor Group in 2013 about Theranos including board members. It says “Hopefully, this additionally means we’ll begin receiving extra communication from the corporate.” Tolbert stated he’d been wanting extra visibility into the corporate.

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Erin Griffith

Theranos additionally had promised buyers it might go public in 2008. 🙃

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Erin Griffith

After that, in 2006, Tolbert determined to speculate $2 million by way of the funding fund of Don Lucas’s son Chris.

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Erin Griffith

Tolbert had dinner with Holmes and Lucas the place they talked about Holmes’s imaginative and prescient and likewise “heard some enjoyable tales from Don Lucas about his funding profession.” He additionally visited Theranos’s workplace and somebody gave him a cartridge.

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Erin Griffith

We see an in depth monetary projection from Theranos that reveals the corporate turning into worthwhile in 2007. (Narrator: It didn’t…)

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Erin Griffith

Level for group “Theranos just isn’t a Silicon Valley firm as a result of it didn’t elevate from conventional enterprise capitalists”: Corridor Group was primarily an actual property funding agency. Counterpoint: Corridor Group was launched to Theranos by Don Lucas.

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Erin Griffith

Subsequent witness: Bryan Tolbert of Corridor Group. The agency invested $5 million in Theranos in late 2013.

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Erin Griffith

On cross-examination of Shane Weber, Holmes lawyer John Cline hammers the purpose that Weber didn’t ship his report about Theranos to Holmes. The purpose (I assume) being that, with out seeing the report, Theranos had each cause to maintain pondering Pfizer preferred its know-how.

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Erin Griffith

That is it for direct.

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Erin Griffith

Did Pfizer and Theranos have any significant enterprise dealings after 2010? No. Do you agree with assertion that Pfizer validated Theranos’s know-how? No I don’t. You got here to the alternative conclusion? I did.

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Erin Griffith

A humorous factor about TV trials is that they clarify the objections in regular language however in actual life they are saying issues like “objection, that is 702 territory” or “similar 406 from final time your honor.”

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Erin Griffith

We get a facet by facet of the report, one with Theranos brand on it and one with the Theranos and Pfizer logos on it. Would it not be honest to say in 2010 or after that Pfizer endorsed Theranos’s know-how or comprehensively validated Theranos’s know-how? Weber: “No”

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Erin Griffith

Now we see an e mail from Walgreens to Pfizer, which incorporates the validation report I discussed above the place Theranos put Pfizer’s brand and implied its approval. Weber stated he hadn’t seen this earlier than the feds confirmed it to him.

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Erin Griffith

Weber known as Elizabeth Holmes to inform her Pfizer wasn’t going to work with Theranos. In an e mail to a colleague, he stated “I used to be well mannered clear crisp and patiently agency as she pushed again.” Writes that Holmes requested for different names at Pfizer to speak to and he “politely deflected.”

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Erin Griffith

The doc additional lists six technical due diligence questions that Weber requested Theranos execs on a cellphone name, and concludes their solutions had been “indirect, deflective or evasive non-informative solutions.”

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Erin Griffith

Most of Weber’s solutions have been very technical and stuffed with jargon positive to confuse jurors however that record of adjectives hits fairly exhausting. (Protection tried to object.)

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Erin Griffith

Additional in his abstract, Weber says Theranos’s conclusions are “not plausible” and calls the corporate’s solutions to due diligence questions “non-informative, tangential, deflective or evasive”

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Erin Griffith

(Recall that final week we noticed a doc with Pfizer’s brand on it that implied that the corporate validated Theranos’s know-how, which Holmes used to solicit funding from Walgreens and others)

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Erin Griffith

After speaking with Elizabeth Holmes and reviewing a bunch of paperwork (together with a patent), Weber created a abstract report on the usage of Theranos know-how. Consider that is the report the protection didn’t need proven to jurors, and the choose allowed Web page 1. Weber’s suggestion: “Theranos doesn’t right now have any diagnostic or medical curiosity to Pfizer.”

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Erin Griffith

We start with a sequence of emails establishing why Weber was concerned with Theranos at Pfizer — his function was to make a suggestion to the corporate about its know-how. “We had been on the lookout for diagnostic capabilities that might open the door for simpler consumption of sufferers.”

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Erin Griffith

The U.S. has known as Shane Weber, who was a scientist at Pfizer. He’s talking loudly and clearly into the mic and for that I thank him. 🙏

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Erin Griffith

Appears like we’ll be listening to from our first investor (other than Walgreens): Brian Tolbert of the funding agency Corridor Group is prone to testify right this moment.

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Erin Griffith

🩸 Again in courtroom for the fraud trial of Elizabeth Holmes. It’s wet, the prosecution plans to name 4 witnesses right this moment, and the press corp is typing each so fastidiously after being scolded for distracting a juror with our keyboards.

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Erin Griffith

As regular, we’re beginning late as a result of the attorneys are preventing over admitting a doc and there is a matter with a juror.

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Erin Woo

Edlin is excused, and we’re breaking for the day. Erin Griffith might be within the courtroom on Friday when trial resumes.

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Erin Woo

Edlin on his selection to depart: “Within the yr after the preliminary WSJ articles got here out, the corporate claimed that it might have the ability to show that the know-how labored and show that these claims weren’t true. The corporate was unable to persuade anybody that these claims had been unfaithful and that its know-how and science labored. That gave me critical doubts as as to whether the corporate was able to proving its know-how labored.” He got here to the conclusion they’d by no means have the ability to show it, he stated.

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Erin Woo

Bostic: At Theranos, whose determination was it to reveal what data to the press? Edlin: In my expertise, Elizabeth was the one one who communicated immediately with the press. Bostic: Did anybody make choices about what she was allowed to say? Edlin: I don’t know if she consulted with anybody.

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Erin Woo

Bostic: Who did the ultimate evaluation of investor shows? Edlin: Elizabeth.

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Erin Woo

Now, taking a look at when Holmes weighed in on web site language, asking to say a 4-hour window relatively than 2 hours. Moderately than addressing this, Bostic appears to be stating that in different circumstances (together with web site/investor shows), language round “superior accuracy” made it in.

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Erin Woo

OK, and we’re now again to an e mail Downey introduced up, the place Holmes needs to place the language across the venous attract the principle physique of textual content. The language she wished known as venipunctures “unusual.” Bostic factors out that venous attracts had been utilized in 40 p.c of the time at Walgreens.

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Erin Woo

Bostic: Who had remaining say over what outcomes had been reported within the demo? Edlin: Daniel did and Elizabeth did.

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Erin Woo

Bostic: Was a part of {that a} need to point out that the know-how carried out properly? Edlin: Sure. Bostic: How is that this function served by hiding errors? Edlin: I don’t know. Bostic: What about withholding outcomes? Edlin: I don’t know.

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Erin Woo

Fast-fire questioning from Bostic simply now. Edlin: The aim of the tech demonstrations was to “showcase or display the Theranos know-how. In some circumstances, exams had been run. In others, exams weren’t run. Basically, to point out the performance of the Theranos know-how.”

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Erin Woo

Again from break, and Bostic says he has round half-hour left of cross-examination. Downey says that we’ll end with Edlin right this moment. We’re now taking a look at a doc concerning the Restricted Goal Experiment with the U.S. Central Command, which Edlin testified once more didn’t happen. Completion of this research was a prerequisite to medical use of Theranos gadgets by the army, Edlin confirms.

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Erin Woo

Downey wraps cross, and Bostic is again for redirect. We’re beginning with the connection with the army. Bostic notes that solely 28 individuals participated within the burn research. Edlin additionally doubles down on his earlier testimony that the army by no means used Theranos gadgets on troopers.

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Erin Woo

Taking a look at one other e mail in regards to the brochure for Walgreens, the place Christian Holmes is relaying suggestions from Elizabeth. All through cross, Downey has introduced up emails/situations the place Elizabeth has advocated for transparency and disclosure to counteract what we noticed in direct.

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Erin Woo

Again from break and taking a look at a presentation Edlin helped put together for an investor. In an e mail questioning the accuracy of a declare in a single graph, Holmes wrote: “In the event that they at present do refrigerate then we should always replicate that so we’re making an correct declare.”

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Erin Woo

Downey is making an attempt to determine that the usage of the demo app, introduced up by the federal government, isn’t misleading/malicious, stating that somebody could present up and never get their blood drawn and that there have been totally different protocols for various eventualities.

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Erin Woo

Downey is discussing the demo app, which as proven earlier than shields failures from the affected person. “You weren’t making an attempt to deceive anybody on this demo course of, appropriate? And also you didn’t perceive that anybody else at Theranos was making an attempt to deceive anybody on this course of?” Edlin agrees.

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Erin Woo

Shifting matters to demos, after round an hour of questioning about Theranos’s army relationship. Round 10-15 individuals labored on the group to do demos, with Daniel Younger reviewing and approving all demos, Edlin testifies.

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Erin Woo

Givens wrote that the machine “appeared to perform properly within the setting,” and her solely criticism was the touch-screen. She wrote that she hoped to get funding for a full proposal.

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Erin Woo

Downey is citing emails from Melissa Givens of U.S. Africa Command and former Theranos V.P. Daniel Younger indicating that the machine carried out properly in excessive temperatures in Africa. Yesterday, the federal government confirmed proof saying that the gadgets couldn’t function over 82 levels.

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Erin Woo

Good morning from San Jose! Daniel Edlin is again on the stand. We’re nonetheless anticipating former Pfizer diagnostics director Shane Weber subsequent.

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Erin Woo

We’re breaking for the day. I’ll be again tomorrow at 9 a.m. for extra of Edlin’s cross-examination.

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Erin Woo

Downey asks Edlin a sequence of questions round whether or not he ever took steps to place ahead any declare he knew to be false. Edlin says repeatedly that he didn’t. “That data was reliant on data you had gotten from scientists within the firm, appropriate?” “Sure.”

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Erin Woo

Downey began by having Edlin verify that he was not a tech knowledgeable — Edlin majored in public coverage at Duke.

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Erin Woo

And — protection adjustments the topic utterly. We’re again to speaking about Theranos’s know-how as we start cross-examination.

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Erin Woo

With that, we’re via with direct and onto cross. Testimony is scheduled to finish at 3 right this moment, so Edlin will doubtless proceed tomorrow.

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Erin Woo

Edlin stated he was in conferences the place Balwani stated he would defer to Holmes. “Typically, she was the C.E.O., so she had the ultimate decision-making authority.” Edlin stated he noticed them disagree about “sure matters.” Once they disagreed, Edlin says there wasn’t all the time a choice that was made. He noticed instances when Balwani would defer to Holmes however can’t recall the reverse.

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Erin Woo

Again from break. Bostic is pivoting to what Edlin noticed of Holmes and Balwani working collectively. Holmes and Balwani had places of work subsequent to one another with glass partitions. They usually ate lunch collectively and had been in dialogue collectively, he stated, however nothing else stands out.

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Erin Woo

We’re going via slides authorised by Holmes and despatched to the army for a 2012 burn research. After many claims, Bostic asks Edlin whether or not he knew on the time whether or not this was true or not. Edlin says repeatedly he didn’t know, however he had no cause to doubt it. One exception: One bullet learn that almost all outcomes could possibly be obtained in lower than 20 minutes, however Edlin testified that demo run instances had been often longer than 20 minutes.

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Erin Woo

Within the doc: “Theranos has created a point-of-service laboratory infrastructure that generates real-time information from a finger-stick of blood or different micro-volumes of various pattern varieties delivering increased high quality information than beforehand potential.” Additionally: “Every Theranos machine can run each take a look at at present obtainable via the standard centralized or hospital laboratory infrastructure.” Edlin testifies: “I had no cause to consider it wasn’t true.”

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Erin Woo

We are actually taking a look at a doc that was despatched to Main Steven Cook dinner. “All the things on this doc was reviewed and authorised by Elizabeth,” Edlin testifies. Holmes was extremely concerned in each dialogue/e mail communication he had with the army, he says.

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Erin Woo

Switching matters to Theranos’s interactions with the army. Edlin helped help Theranos’s army and D.O.D. relationships. “The top objective for these communications was to arrange a analysis program that might evaluate Theranos testing to the testing obtainable to the army.”

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Erin Woo

Edlin testifies that he doesn’t keep in mind Holmes asking him to take out language like this from investor binders, and says that he remembers shows like this being despatched to different buyers as properly.

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Erin Woo

Below the heading “Identical Assessments, a Complete New Strategy”: “The actionable data you want, 1/1000 the dimensions of a typical blood draw.” This web page additionally says “the best ranges of accuracy and precision.” Theranos’s lawyer flagged this language at the side of the web site.

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Erin Woo

Included in a binder despatched to Rupert Murdoch: “Theranos’s proprietary, patented know-how runs complete blood exams from a finger-stick and exams from micro-samples of different matrices, and generates considerably increased integrity information than at present potential.”

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Erin Woo

Edlin testifies that he would put together binders for buyers. “Elizabeth requested to evaluation them and as soon as they had been reviewed and authorised … I’d ship them to buyers,” he stated.

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Erin Woo

Bostic reveals Edlin the purported Pfizer/Theranos research report, however Edlin doesn’t know who created it or put the emblem there, he testified.

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Erin Woo

The advertising and marketing on Theranos’s draft web site included “a tiny drop is all it takes” and “highest stage of accuracy.” In a four-page e mail, Theranos lawyer Kate Beardsley raised accuracy questions on a few of this advertising and marketing, in some circumstances asking for substantiation or suggesting adjustments (i.e., “full vary” to “broad vary,” “highest high quality” to “top quality”).

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Erin Woo

Edlin testifies that Holmes was “very concerned and detail-oriented” in reviewing and approving Theranos’s advertising and marketing. “For the tip product, and for what really went onto the web site, she did evaluation that.”

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Erin Woo

Dec. 27, 2015, e mail from Holmes concerning a “VIP visitor”: “You’ll be able to say we do run these assays, however weren’t in a position to run them on this pattern, apparently because of a human error in pattern dealing with.” Nonetheless: We simply noticed an e mail from a Theranos scientist saying it was not human error. This e mail was with reference to a Forbes author who deliberate on writing about his expertise.

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Erin Woo

Concerning these outcomes: Bostic enters a Jan. 7 e mail from Tina Lin to Edlin, noting some points with the outcomes (some excessive, some low). “We’ve got no pattern for rerun because it was a brief draw,” she wrote. Theranos started testing in wellness facilities over a yr in the past, Bostic notes.

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Erin Woo

Leaping forward to the Murdoch funding. Jan. 6, 2015, from Holmes: “I [sic] can be an honor to have you ever be a part of our firm.” Jan. 7 from Murdoch: “Thanks, Elizabeth. Loved each minute of it. Any blood outcomes? See you quickly, Rupert”

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Erin Woo

E mail from Edlin: “Sadly by the seems of the Thyroid panel outcomes beneath it seems to have had main points once more.” Balwani: “To say that is deeply disappointing might be a gross below assertion.” This was a few month earlier than the general public launch, Edlin testifies.

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Erin Woo

We’ve spent the morning thus far taking a look at totally different e mail chains wherein Daniel Younger instructed Edlin to alter or take away irregular take a look at outcomes from demo experiences. Holmes has been included on many of those emails.

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Erin Woo

The jury is seated, and Daniel Edlin is again on the stand. We’re beginning once more with a recap of Theranos demos. Final Friday, we mentioned how they used the “demo app,” which shielded machine failures from view, or the “null protocol,” which wouldn’t really analyze the pattern.

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Erin Woo

Good morning! I’m within the courtroom in San Jose. We’re beginning with Daniel Edlin, a former senior product supervisor at Theranos (and school buddy of Christian Holmes). Based mostly on pretrial arguments, we’ll have former Pfizer diagnostics director Shane Weber subsequent.

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Erin Woo

With that, we’re breaking for the weekend. We’ll decide up with Edlin on Tuesday.

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Erin Woo

We’re taking a look at an e mail chain between Edlin, Daniel Younger, Michael Craig and others, getting ready for a tech demonstration. They determine to go along with the demo app, which “shields protocol failures from the consumer,” Craig wrote. If an error had taken place, it wouldn’t present on the display screen that an error had taken place. It might say operating or processing, Edlin stated.

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Erin Woo

Edlin performed trainings for Walgreens workers and would give excursions round Theranos. “Upfront of the tour, there have been some areas of the labs that had been hidden by a partition” to hide Theranos gadgets, Edlin testifies.

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Erin Woo

Edlin was conscious on the time of Theranos utilizing modified third-party gadgets to run venous attracts however didn’t know the third-party gadgets had been used for fingerstick attracts till 2016.

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Erin Woo

Edlin labored on the “front-end buyer expertise” for the Walgreens partnership, together with the shop’s branding and advertising and marketing in addition to software program utilized by sufferers and technicians. Edlin testifies that he was acquainted with the Edison machines (3.0 and three.5), the MiniLab, and the Edison 4 sequence (the next-gen model of the Theranos gadgets). The subsequent-gen variations had been by no means used for medical affected person testing, he testifies.

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Erin Woo

Up to now, Edlin has testified about Holmes’s work habits — she was within the workplace “on a regular basis,” from early morning to late night and on weekends — and about how data was saved siloed inside Theranos, on directions from Elizabeth, Christian and Sunny.

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Erin Woo

Edlin was recruited to Theranos by Christian Holmes, who Edlin describes as “one in all my closest mates.” He first met Elizabeth Holmes via Christian whereas Edlin and Christian had been at Duke.

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Erin Woo

Daniel Edlin, a former senior venture supervisor at Theranos from 2011 to 2016 who labored immediately with Holmes, is on the stand.

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Erin Woo

After a break, we’re again in session. There could also be extra disruptions coming as much as the trial schedule: A juror’s mother-in-law handed away abruptly and she or he could must journey to the Midwest, and a buddy of Davila’s is critically unwell.

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Erin Woo

Redirect is finished, and we’re again to re-cross. After some backwards and forwards on Dhawan’s assumptions that Theranos staff had been doing their jobs, Dhawan has been excused.

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Erin Woo

The federal government is asking about Lynette Sawyer. Dhawan says he didn’t meet Sawyer and doesn’t know whether or not she went into the lab or noticed the Edison. Basically, the federal government is working to point out that Wade’s line of questioning relied on assumptions.

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Erin Woo

We’re via cross and into redirect. Wade’s cross-examination stayed on the identical theme: that Theranos had loads of certified staff, and Dhawan’s minimal presence within the lab wasn’t a priority.

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Erin Woo

Wade is stating that Dhawan, as a part-time worker, delegated his obligations to totally different full-time Theranos staff. “Nobody was pretending you had been there each day,” Wade continued. “You had been there as wanted, proper?”

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Erin Woo

Lance Wade is beginning with dialogue of Dr. Lynette Sawyer, who additionally served as a part-time lab director throughout this time. Dr. Sawyer didn’t come up throughout direct yesterday — Wade appears to be arguing that Dhawan didn’t do a lot as a result of Sawyer was dealing with extra of it.

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Erin Woo

After a juror overslept, we’re lastly beginning testimony in “Our Holmes Matter” in San Jose. We’re beginning once more with Dr. Sunil Dhawan, who turned lab director after Adam Rosendorff left.

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Erin Griffith

Movement to compel is denied, Parloff just isn’t required to show over his notes. Choose stated it doesn’t even must get into the problem of reporter’s privilege as a result of the protection hasn’t made a powerful sufficient case for it. “It’s a fishing expedition.”

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Erin Woo

We’re wrapping for the day. I’ll be again within the courthouse at 9 a.m. tomorrow when the trial resumes.

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Erin Griffith

Parloff counsel David Korzenik: “The trial just isn’t about Mr. Parloff’s mind-set. It’s not a libel case in opposition to his subsequent article wherein he corrected his first.” “He can solely testify as to what Ms Holmes informed him.”

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Erin Woo

Wade is asking about Dhawan’s interactions with Holmes and Balwani. Wade says that Balwani was operating the laboratory from an operational standpoint. Dhawan says he can’t touch upon that, however his assumption was that he was.

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Erin Woo

With quarter-hour to go right this moment, we’re beginning in on cross-examination. Wade (who spent days on the stand cross-examining Rosendorff) is begins by establishing that Dhawan is a extremely skilled skilled.

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Erin Woo

Dhawan says he doesn’t recall ever asking questions or asking a report back to be modified. He additionally signed a doc about reporting of essential values with out ever seeing a essential worth.

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Erin Woo

Rosendorff had signed the paperwork earlier than Dhawan did. “It gave me some reassurance that there had been some supervision earlier than my time of arrival,” Dhawan testified. Dhawan signed the validation for the Edison with out ever seeing it run something.

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Erin Griffith

Additionally, “We need to present the knowledge he was pointed to. It doesn’t matter if it seems to be appropriate or incorrect.”

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Erin Griffith

Onto the Parloff matter. Cline says the Holmes camp needs to Parloff’s reporting notes so as to present that Parloff “was coloured by bias — a need in charge any errors he made in his preliminary article on Ms. Holmes relatively than” his personal errors. Wow.

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Erin Griffith

The Justice of the Peace choose grants movement for the exclusion. “He’s testifying as to secondary issues. He’s reporting and testifying about one thing another person stated or did that he coated. He actually is akin to an knowledgeable witness who has collected data from many sources.” Carreyrou is now allowed to be within the courtroom.

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Erin Woo

The Q.C. supervisor, Langly Gee, launched himself to Dhawan in August 2015. He wished Dhawan there for the CMS audit on 9/22/15. Dhawan stated he was there for the audit. Earlier than that, he stated he signed “no matter was despatched to me.”

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Erin Woo

Dhawan didn’t go to Theranos each day. He went to Theranos twice. He didn’t work together with sufferers, physicians or Theranos lab staff. He by no means handled Q.C. He thinks he labored 5-10 complete hours from November 2014 to June 2015. For this, Dhawan was getting paid $5,000 a month.

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Erin Griffith

Cline: “I perceive it is a hardship for Mr. Carreyrou. He’s not the one one struggling a hardship. Ms. Holmes’s father is a witness. We could name him. He’s having to overlook the trial of his daughter.”

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Erin Griffith

Prosecution notes that it already introduced a movement to dam any arguments that there was coordination between the federal government and Carreyrou. Says there isn’t a proof of that and that Choose Davila already agreed to dam such arguments.

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Erin Griffith

Will the Holmes camp name Carreyrou as a witness? Holmes lawyer John Cline: “I can’t inform you at this level who we’re going to name as witnesses. We could. We could not placed on a case. We could name Ms. Holmes. … I can actually inform you we could name him.”

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Erin Woo

As anticipated, we are actually calling Dr. Sunil Dhawan, a dermatologist who turned Theranos’s lab director after Rosendorff left. After a number of days on Theranos’s partnerships with different corporations (Safeway, Walgreens), we’re now again to inner Theranos workings.

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Erin Woo

After transient re-cross from Downey, Jhaveri is excused.

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Erin Griffith

He provides that any subpoena issued to Carreyrou can be in unhealthy religion or harassing. One instance: “Ms. Holmes main her staff in a chant that claims F You, Carreyrou. Clearly I’m abbreviating that.”

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Erin Griffith

Carreyrou lawyer: “We consider he’s being singled out due to his prior reporting and due to the animus Ms. Holmes has for him.” Lawyer additionally says it’s a matter of First Modification rights.

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Erin Woo

Schenk is up for redirect. He notes that the affected person expertise surveys had been earlier than they acquired their take a look at outcomes, so in the event that they, for instance, had been informed they weren’t pregnant however had been actually pregnant, that might have an effect on their expertise however wouldn’t be counted in survey outcomes.

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Erin Griffith

Choose: “I’ve not been following Mr. Carreyrou’s podcast, however as I perceive it he’s been in a position to report on what’s occurring and touch upon what’s occurring.” Choose asks what’s the issue?

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Erin Griffith

On the Carreyrou matter, the Justice of the Peace choose advised that he be categorized as an knowledgeable witness, “a practical answer,” he stated. Holmes facet stated (understandably?) that that doesn’t make a variety of sense.

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Erin Griffith

Protection has tried to compel Parloff to launch his notes. A few of them (previous emails) now not exist. However others would contain forcing him to show over notes and sourcing, and so on. He already offered some recordings of interviews to each side however is preventing the subpoena for notes.

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Erin Griffith

They’re additionally going to be coping with the motions involving Roger Parloff, who wrote a Fortune cowl story that’s actually being mentioned in trial at this second.

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Erin Griffith

Whereas testimony is occurring, there’s additionally a separate Zoom listening to now with a Justice of the Peace choose, Nathanael Cousins, over whether or not the journalist John Carreyrou might be allowed within the courtroom.

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Erin Woo

Taking a look at a January 2015 affected person expertise survey abstract. Sufferers rated the general expertise as 4.81/5 — extra help for Downey’s line of argument right here.

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Erin Woo

Basically, Downey appears to be taking a really cheap, pleasant tone with this cross-examination (in distinction, for instance, with the way in which Wade began off cross with Rosendorff two weeks in the past). Details: opening shops is difficult, however sufferers had been pleased.

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Erin Woo

Downey is admittedly making an attempt to focus on affected person satisfaction to point out that the partnership was a hit. Jhaveri pushes again, saying that affected person expertise was one vital issue, however so was price of build-out, venous draw percentages, and so on. Jhaveri does concede that he doesn’t keep in mind getting damaging suggestions in regards to the exams being carried out in venous draw kind.

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Erin Woo

Different paperwork confirmed that Walgreens didn’t embrace venous draw percentages amongst “key program dangers” and that Jhaveri informed Walgreens colleagues to not focus on future market enlargement plans exterior California and Arizona.

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Erin Woo

Downey highlights paperwork that make the case that the partnership was doing higher than the federal government painted it as. We noticed a set of Walgreens/Theranos assembly minutes saying that affected person expertise surveys had been “off the charts.”

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Erin Woo

Downey establishes that Jhaveri had little or no contact w Holmes; Jhaveri says he met together with her “two or 3 times at most.” (His primary level of contact was Balwani.)

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Erin Woo

Again from break. Downey is beginning cross with questions on how opening shops is a troublesome job.

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Erin Woo

After studying the texts, the federal government completed its direct examination of Jhaveri. We’ll decide up with cross after the break.

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Erin Woo

Right here’s the complete doc with 36 pages of texts: https://www.documentcloud.org/paperwork/21081045-holmes-balwani-texts

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Erin Woo

Textual content messages between Holmes and Balwani about Walgreens! Jhaveri and Schenk are, for no matter cause, taking turns doing a dwell studying. (Jhaveri is Balwani; Schenk is Holmes. This does certainly really feel type of like highschool English class.)

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Erin Woo

In 2015, venous draw percentages by no means went down sufficient to broaden past 40 shops in Arizona and one in Palo Alto. Balwani’s rationalization for the odds by no means modified. Then, in late 2015, Jhaveri testifies, he learn a damaging article about Theranos. Walgreens stopped providing Theranos exams in 2016.

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Erin Woo

Common theme of Jhaveri’s testimony to this point: Theranos wasn’t hitting its targets concerning venous draw percentages, however Jhaveri was keen to maintain working with them. However, the federal government notes: What Jhaveri didn’t know was that Theranos was not doing testing by itself gadgets.

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Erin Woo

8/15/2014 e mail from Jhaveri, the place he wrote that “we now have made unbelievable progress within the quick 5 months.” Jhaveri nonetheless believed that Theranos was doing testing by itself gadgets, he testifies. In the identical e mail, Jhaveri wrote that he needs to give attention to bettering affected person expertise and “venous p.c within the 10% vary.” At that time, it was nonetheless round 40%.

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Erin Woo

Now taking a look at revised objectives from August for the Theranos partnership. For F.Y. 2015, they had been now aiming for 200 shops as a substitute of 500, based mostly on the outcomes of the pilot. The venous draw percentages and the price of the buildout had been two causes for the decreased objectives, Jhaveri testifies.

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Erin Woo

In June 2014, Jhaveri nonetheless thought that Theranos was doing its testing on Theranos gadgets. He didn’t know that Theranos was testing sufferers’ blood on modified third-party gadgets. And nobody, together with Balwani, was glad with the venous draw percentages.

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Erin Woo

When Theranos did a finger stick draw, Walgreens thought that blood was being examined on a Theranos machine. Walgreens didn’t comprehend it was being examined on a modified business machine, Jhaveri testifies.

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Erin Woo

Walgreens agreed that some, extra complicated exams would possibly all the time require venous attracts, however these exams had been purported to be much less widespread. A slide attributes the “increased variety of venous attracts thus far” to “studying course of round ordering patterns for Arizona,” not tech issues.

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Erin Woo

The proportion of finger stick attracts was “crucial,” Jhaveri testifies. “That was the Theranos know-how that we had signed a partnership on. … That was the precise magic that was so intriguing to us.”

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Erin Woo

Sufferers might obtain conventional lab work by way of venous or finger stick take a look at. Historically, labs would do venous attracts. Theranos, as we all know, promised to do the identical exams on a small quantity of blood via a finger stick, which Jhaveri calls “extraordinary.”

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Erin Woo

On the time, Theranos was in a single retailer in Palo Alto and two in Arizona. They had been monitoring prospects’ wait time and expertise stage. They had been additionally monitoring some lab measures, together with proportions of venous vs. finger stick exams.

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Erin Woo

Jhaveri was working to “operationalize” the Theranos partnership — increasing the partnership from the three shops it was in on the time. This included development, design, structure, coaching, buyer expertise.

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Erin Woo

In early 2014, he turned divisional vice chairman of well being care providers, and the Theranos partnership turned a part of his obligations right now.

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Erin Woo

He re-engaged with the Theranos group on the finish of 2013. At that time, he was nonetheless engaged on the brand new pharmacy design and wished to determine how the Theranos partnership would match into the expertise/development of the shop.

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Erin Woo

He first heard of Theranos in 2010, when he was main a venture to revamp Walgreens pharmacies to be extra customer-centric. He met Holmes and Balwani when he gave them a brief tour of a Walgreens retailer.

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Erin Woo

Jhaveri labored at Walgreens for 29 years (1989-2018). He’s a registered pharmacist with an MBA in organizational administration.

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Erin Woo

We’re carried out with direct examination. On cross (which takes roughly one minute), the protection establishes that Amenta didn’t have particular data of the wire transfers past understanding that they occurred. And we are actually carried out with Amenta and onto Jhaveri.

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Erin Woo

Prosecutor John Bostic is taking Amenta via federal wire transfers despatched to Theranos, presumably to point out that wire transfers had been made.

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Erin Woo

Jurors have filed in. Amenta is on the stand.

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Erin Woo

Again within the courtroom for a particular Thursday version of the Elizabeth Holmes trial! At the moment’s anticipated witnesses: Robert Amenta, deputy chief investigator on the Federal Reserve Financial institution of New York; Nimesh Jhaveri, a former Walgreens govt; and Dr. Sunil Dhawan, a former Theranos lab director.

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Erin Griffith

That’s it for right this moment. There might be trial tomorrow and one of many witnesses might be Nimesh Jhaveri, former head of well being care providers at Walgreens.

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Erin Griffith

The subsequent witness is Robert Amenta, deputy chief investigator on the New York Federal Reserve. We simply walked via an evidence of what the Fed does. U.S. Legal professional John Bostic: “So it’s a financial institution for banks.”

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Erin Griffith

In 2015, after the WSJ Theranos expose, Miquelon wrote an e mail to Holmes: “You might be in my ideas, grasp in there. The haters are in all places however your contribution to the world can’t be bottled up.”

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Erin Griffith

Protection makes the case that Walgreens entered into its settlement with Theranos understanding it didn’t have F.D.A. approval. Walgreens had the appropriate to terminate the partnership if Theranos didn’t get F.D.A. approval by the tip of 2010. (It didn’t, and Walgreens didn’t terminate.)

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Erin Griffith

On diligence, Miquelon says: “I’d outline diligence as unfolding over a few years — diligence continues and that’s one cause why you will have a revised settlement and addendums to that.”

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Erin Griffith

Downy made the purpose that lots of the guarantees Holmes made about Theranos’s know-how had been made when the corporate deliberate to place machines in shops. Thought being that these guarantees are irrelevant as a result of Theranos determined to not put machines in shops, however take a look at in its personal lab.

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Erin Griffith

On cross-exam, Holmes lawyer Kevin Downey is build up how massive of a deal this effort was to Walgreens. Miquelon stated Walgreens employed a agency to give you a listing of 180 start-ups engaged on lab growth, which the corporate evaluated.

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Erin Griffith

The payment hinged on the partnership hitting sure milestones, however in August 2013, Holmes emailed Walgreens asking to speed up the cost and ship the cash sooner.

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Erin Griffith

WOW this could be public information however I wasn’t conscious of it. Walgreens paid a $100 million “innovation payment” to Theranos for the privilege of partnering with them. The precise funding in fairness solely got here within the type of a $40 million convertible word.

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Erin Griffith

🩸 After a two-hour delay brought on by jurors elevating points about their questionnaires being made public, testimony within the Elizabeth Holmes trial (or, per the choose, “Our Holmes Matter”) is starting with Wade Miquelon, former C.F.O. of Walgreens.

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Erin Griffith

Miquelon describes the artwork of credibility buying and selling — in an e mail promoting Theranos to his colleagues he notes Larry Ellison’s endorsement. The prosecutors additionally make the purpose that Theranos was seven years alongside — pre-empting the “only a younger start-up” protection.

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Erin Griffith

We’ve seen a number of paperwork from pharma corporations endorsing or validating Theranos’s know-how. I consider these are the identical ones we noticed within the opening arguments, which had been a reasonably large smoking gun. The testimony hasn’t but mentioned whether or not they had been falsified.

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Erin Griffith

Miquelon affords a really acquainted story by now: He was excited by the promise of Theranos’s know-how. A number of low cost exams on a finger stick of blood. We additionally know by now that witnesses have to be very particular in regards to the claims Holmes made as a result of protection will decide them aside.

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Erin Griffith

The subsequent witness is the previous Walgreens C.F.O. Wade Miquelon (now C.E.O. of Jo-Ann Shops).

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Erin Griffith

Burd attracts the road at income and profitability. “Should you’re hitting robust income {dollars} relative to dimension and also you’re being profitable, I’d say you’re in your approach.” (If they’d requested me, I’d have outlined a start-up as a non-public venture-capital backed firm.)

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Erin Griffith

On redirect we focus on the definition of a start-up, rebutting protection’s declare that Theranos was only a tiny upstart coping with an enormous unhealthy company. “Do you differentiate between a start-up that’s 7-10 years previous vs one that’s simply beginning out of a storage?”

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Erin Griffith

Downey making an attempt to make the case that Safeway’s inventory had had an enormous drop between previous to Burd leaving. He doesn’t take that bait. “In 20 years, that occurs incessantly.”

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Erin Griffith

We travel over the Theranos lab arrange as a take a look at on Safeway’s company campus. Burd was annoyed that it was purported to have a “field,” one in all Theranos’s blood analyzers, however for “secrecy” causes, didn’t get one. Finally it was shut down.

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Erin Griffith

Downey has grilled Burd on the authorized particulars of their partnership that gave Safeway exclusivity rights, paybacks, and so on. on whether or not there was ever a tough deadline given for the launch.

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Erin Griffith

Lots of give attention to the diligence that Safeway did on Theranos and its know-how. Burd spoke with varied medical doctors and lab administrators at Johns Hopkins, who stated they’d not had the Theranos machines lengthy sufficient to validate them. “The field was taken again by Theranos.”

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Erin Griffith

Kevin Downey, Holmes’s lawyer, is now cross-examining Burd. Build up all his expertise, experience, sophistication, and so on., to match with Holmes and Theranos. “You knew on the time that she was a really younger entrepreneur. … And also you knew the corporate was a start-up?”

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Erin Griffith

Simply e mail after e mail from Burd to Holmes expressing disappointment. “We’re so good collectively after we collaborate, however I’ve by no means been extra annoyed. I need to assist, however you make it troublesome.”

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Erin Griffith

Burd emailed Holmes: “I can recall getting discouraged as soon as is (sic) the final 61 years. That stated I get near my second occasion.” Do C.E.O.s all the time e mail one another this manner?

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Erin Griffith

Burd emailed Holmes complaining about delays on launching Theranos exams inside Safeway shops. “I really feel like a jogger operating in place ready for the cease mild to show inexperienced.” One other e mail has the topic line “Changing into Discouraged.”

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Erin Griffith

Burd emailed Holmes in 2012 expressing issues a few Theranos lab on Safeway’s campus. “I’m genuinely involved that Safeway’s lab popularity will get worse by the day.” He warned that if the issues continued for the smooth launch, “each our manufacturers might be in danger.”

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Erin Griffith

The choose known as the case “Our Holmes Matter” which I’m going to start out utilizing. Steve Burd, the previous C.E.O. of Safeway, is again on the stand for direct examination.

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Erin Griffith

🩸 In courtroom once more for U.S. vs. Holmes.

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Erin Griffith

Thus concludes the Theranos trial motion for the week. The trial is on recess on Friday, might be again on Tuesday.

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Erin Griffith

He continues: “I’ve had the privilege of assembly 4 U.S. presidents. When the president is within the room — let me inform you, the president owns the room. Nobody talks except spoken to. Her type was heat, it was pleasant. It wasn’t dictatorial.”

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Erin Griffith

Burd is very complimentary of Holmes. “Not all C.E.O.s are alike. She would rise to the highest of the pile by way of imaginative and prescient, by way of command of the knowledge, clearly by way of supply. She was all the time decisive.” “At any time when she was speaking she owned the room.”

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Erin Griffith

Safeway initially negotiated an $85 million partnership with Theranos, together with investing $30 million to put in labs in its shops, which he stated turned out to be a low estimate. The deal was negotiated immediately with Holmes with no attorneys, which Burd discovered was uncommon.

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Erin Griffith

Now discussing convertible fairness notes! Isn’t that is a lot extra enjoyable than chemiluminescence and assays. 📈

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Erin Griffith

Ooooooooh I believe we simply acquired our first point out of EBITDA within the trial, I can see the joys of studying about accounting on the faces of those jurors.

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Erin Griffith

For some cause he’s speaking a few pressure of watermelon known as a Pureheart that has a really small rind that Safeway offered completely for a yr. 🍉

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Erin Griffith

Rosendorff’s testimony is lastly over. Steve Burd, the C.E.O. of Safeway for 20 years till 2013, is now testifying. When he heard about Theranos he was “instantly focused on assembly Theranos, notably the founder.” “It was an interesting idea.”

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Erin Griffith

Protection counsel Wade is sort of giddy to argue that prosecution requested Dr. Rosendorff to match points at Theranos to different labs he labored at. Protection needs to be allowed to convey up different investigations at labs the Rosendorff later labored at, he says.

Choose Davila says no, that might be a separate “mini trial.” He provides, “I believe it might really improve the harm you’re looking for to keep away from however, hey, it’s your case.”

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Erin Griffith

Concerning the accusation that he stole commerce secrets and techniques by emailing himself information, prosecution asks, “Based mostly on what you already know about Theranos’s strategies, would you will have wished different labs to make use of these strategies?” “No.”

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Erin Griffith

For the final hour we’ve been listening to redirect on Dr. Rosendorff. For these counting, that is Day 6 of his testimony. The explanation he left Theranos: “It was about affected person care and my integrity as a doctor.”

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Erin Griffith

Now the alternate has comparable issues, saying English just isn’t her first language and is worried she “might make a mistake in one thing.” “It’s her future.” The choose doesn’t appear to be having this one.

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Erin Griffith

The juror stated she doesn’t consider in punishment and has been more and more haunted by the considered having a job in sending somebody to jail. Not surprisingly, prosecution was in favor of dismissing her.

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Erin Griffith

I’m beginning to really feel like an Oompa Loompa watching the jurors drop out from the sidelines right here, perhaps the press corps will put collectively a bit tune and dance.

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Erin Griffith

💉 U.S. v. Holmes, Day 12 of ~2384972: We’ve got dismissed a juror who says her views as a Buddhist will make it not possible for her to vote to convict. Three of 5 alternates stay. Later right this moment Steven Burd, the previous C.E.O. of Safeway, will testify.

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Erin Griffith

QC failure, immulite reagents, clia lab, advia, HCG, PSC, assays, vacutainers, nanotainers, we’re nearing the tip of Day 5 of Dr. Rosendorff’s testimony and so very deep within the blood testing weeds please ship assist

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Erin Griffith

Choose Davila now says that protection has had 4 days to problem Rosendorff’s testimony and says “You may have challenged his confidence.” Permits protection to query about Rosendorff’s work post-Theranos, says to “probe frivolously” to keep away from legal responsibility or impeding his future profession.

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Erin Griffith

Attention-grabbing type of questioning asking the witness “You don’t recall these instances if you lied and many times?” “…No sir?”

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Erin Griffith

Rosendorff despatched himself a bunch of inner Theranos emails earlier than he left. Wade accuses him of stealing commerce secrets and techniques and violating HIPAA with affected person information.

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Erin Griffith

Wade continues to drive on the level that Dr. Rosendorff left Theranos for extra money and the rationale he expressed issues about its lab outcomes and requested to be faraway from its Clia lab was to start out his new job sooner.

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Erin Griffith

Now Wade is making an attempt to make use of Rosendorff’s resignation e mail — the fakest e mail any worker ever writes — in opposition to him. “You wrote that it was a ‘super expertise’ and also you ‘appreciated the chance to work with so many gifted people’” Gotcha!

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Erin Griffith

Wade is making an attempt to make an enormous deal about how Dr. Rosendorff’s subsequent job after Theranos paid him extra. Dr. Rosendorff just isn’t having it. “I wished to hitch a good firm whose mission I believed in.”

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Erin Griffith

Protection reveals a résumé Rosendorff was sending round and factors out that he stated he did nice work at Theranos. Rosendorff: “I don’t know when you’ve ever tried to use for a job but it surely doesn’t serve you” to debate “fraudulent exercise.” Protection strikes his reply.

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Erin Griffith

Dr. Rosendorff was additionally taking a look at different jobs earlier than Theranos ever launched. Protection: “You primarily had a foot out the door the entire time?” “From time to time I’d have a look at what different jobs had been obtainable.”

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Erin Griffith

Again from a break. Protection asking Dr. Rosendorff about his departure from Theranos. Protection factors out that Rosendorff was contemplating submitting a qui tam lawsuit in opposition to Theranos, to alert the federal government of wrongdoing (and get a p.c of the cash recovered).

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Erin Griffith

Protection counsel Wade reads from a deposition wherein Rosendorff seems to contradict his testimony in regards to the frequency of issues at Theranos labs. “Issues come up in labs — each lab in America, most likely each lab on this planet — just isn’t going to good, appropriate?” “Sure”

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Erin Griffith

Binder hijinks. Whereas flipping via all the varied emails Rosendorff asks somebody to assist him with the binder as a result of “it’s simply opened up and it’s simply [hand wave motion] pages in all places.”

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Erin Griffith

Within the meantime Roger Parloff has filed a declaration opposing protection’s push to compel him to show over his notes in reporting the 2014 Fortune cowl story about Holmes and Theranos. He already offered each side recordings of his on-record interviews with Holmes and Balwani.

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Erin Griffith

Rosendorff takes off his glasses and rubs his eyes as Wade cycles via varied types exhibiting his signoff on assay validation from 2013.

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Erin Griffith

The meant takeaway from the road of questioning, so far as I can inform, is that some exams at Theranos in some unspecified time in the future did work and that when there have been issues, many individuals at Theranos tried to repair them.

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Erin Griffith

Lance Wade, protection counsel, has resumed his aggressive questioning of Dr. Rosendorff, getting deeply into the weeds on his function in setting Theranos’s lab insurance policies and QC testing with varied emails.

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Erin Griffith

Choose Davila responds with a light-weight dig in opposition to protection: “A few blue fits sitting subsequent to them in a choose’s chambers, what could possibly be intimidating about that?” 👔

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Erin Griffith

A media coalition (together with NYT) has argued to unseal the juror questionnaires since we had little visibility into the ultimate choice course of. The choose plans to privately query every juror about what they may need to redact and protection says they need to be there, to which the choose responds that that might be unnecessarily intimidating. Protection disagrees.

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Erin Griffith

Choose Davila stated a journalist contacted a physician who contacted the courtroom clerk to level out that one of many protection’s displays included a affected person’s actual title, which is a HIPAA violation.

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Erin Griffith

Holmes is right here in fact with Billy Evans, her mother and an older man I can’t ID. Earlier than the jury arrives, the attorneys are arguing about whether or not they can focus on issues at corporations that Dr. Rosendorff labored for after Theranos.

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Erin Griffith

🩸 Again within the courtroom for U.S. v. Holmes. 🩸 The clerk is checking courtroom tickets after a couple of guide golf equipment confirmed up final week. Cross-examination of ex-lab director Adam Rosendorff continues.

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Erin Woo

With that, we’re breaking for the weekend. Court docket will resume on Tuesday.

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Erin Woo

The federal government asks how lengthy Wade goes to take with cross-examination, provided that they’ve out-of-state witnesses they need to name subsequent. Wade says he expects it’ll take all day Tuesday. (As a reminder, the general public doesn’t usually get data on what witnesses are coming subsequent.)

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Erin Woo

7/19/14 e mail from Rosendorff to Balwani defending Theranos’s exams in response to doctor complaints. “I used to be emphatic with Dr. Chen about our rigorous validation and high quality course of,” Rosendorff wrote. He testifies that he believed this on the time.

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Erin Woo

With 5 minutes left earlier than we’re scheduled to interrupt for the weekend, we are actually discussing customer support. Rosendorff notes that by the point complaints had been escalated to him, they had been often critical points.

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Erin Woo

Wade actually hammering residence this level on outlier removing (which is sensible — that is one thing that got here up rather a lot in earlier testimony for instance of Theranos manipulating outcomes).

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Erin Woo

Wade is urgent Rosendorff to say he authorised of this. “I believed it was uncommon,” Rosendorff stated. After reminding Rosendorff of what he stated in his deposition, Rosendorff concedes that he authorised it.

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Erin Woo

Now onto one thing known as the “six tip coverage,” the place there are six outcomes from one pattern. Two outcomes will be discarded, and also you common the opposite 4. Younger developed this course of. Rosendorff says there was no formal SOP about outlier detection.

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Erin Woo

6/4/14 e mail from Younger, saying that they’re holding the outcomes of a research after talking with Rosendorff — presumably supporting Wade’s line that Rosendorff is now within the loop.

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Erin Woo

In a 6/4/14 e mail from Rosendorff, he wrote a HCG plan for Balwani and Younger which stated HCG ought to change to vacutainer attracts and run on immulite. Wade notes that Rosendorff is “within the loop now.”

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Younger replies that he up to date Adam over the weekend and agrees that “they need to be operating all choices by Adam.”

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Erin Woo

Taking a look at 6/3/14 e mail from Balwani to Younger: “Adam got here by my workplace EXTREMELY annoyed that as a lab director he’s not being saved within the loop.” “This data has to undergo him. … Are you able to guys please contact base with Adam so he’s within the loop,” Balwani provides.

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Erin Woo

Wade asks if Rosendorff stands by his testimony that he didn’t meet with Holmes about HCG on this time interval. Rosendorff says sure.

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Erin Woo

5/30/14: e mail from Holmes’s assistant the place she writes that “Elizabeth has requested me to coordinate a CLIA assembly for this afternoon at 4 p.m.”

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Erin Woo

Now seeing Holmes’ calendar for five/29/14, the place she has “assembly with Adam Rosendorff” listed. Rosendorff had testified that he had not met with Holmes.

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Erin Woo

We’re now constructing a timeline being proven to the jury about HCG points, together with varied emails and displays.

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Erin Woo

Wade had Rosendorff verify that he testified Holmes was much less involved than he was in regards to the HCG points. Then, he confirmed a 4:45 p.m. e mail forwarded from Balwani to Holmes about HCG points. Holmes responded six minutes later, asking, “How did that occur?” Wade then strikes on.

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Erin Woo

We’re again from break and switching gears to speak about HCG, the being pregnant take a look at.

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Erin Woo

On 10/15/14, Balwani affords one other assembly, however Rosendorff’s response signifies that he doesn’t want the opposite assembly.

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Erin Woo

Wade now discussing how Daniel Younger despatched a draft Q.C. coverage forward of the assembly, despite the fact that that was Rosendorff’s accountability. Wade additionally notes that there have been no restrictions on what Rosendorff might focus on throughout the assembly.

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Erin Woo

Wade can be making an attempt to point out that Theranos DID take Rosendorff’s issues critically. On 10/9/14, Balwani emailed Rosendorff, organising a gathering to debate his issues. Balwani tried to set it up for the following day, however Rosendorff requested for it to be delayed.

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Erin Woo

In right this moment’s cross-examination, Wade appears to be making an attempt to poke holes in Rosendorff’s credibility — stating instances when he was gradual to reply to medical doctors, and noting that there was an AAP in place for proficiency testing, opposite to the impression given in earlier testimony.

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Erin Woo

Wade asks if something was occurring to make Rosendorff gradual to reply. Rosendorff: “I used to be turning into annoyed at my incapability to elucidate discrepant outcomes.” Wade presses him that he simply wanted to name the physician again.

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Erin Woo

We’re now seeing one other e mail from a physician saying he’s ready for a callback from Rosendorff. Wade makes the purpose that that is the second time per week had handed earlier than returning a physician’s name. Rosendorff says he had already spoken with him and didn’t understand one other name was wanted.

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Erin Woo

E mail from Rosendorff after speaking to the physician: The physician is “puzzled” in regards to the outcomes, however “the MD is extraordinarily optimistic and enthusiastic about Theranos and desires us to ‘crush Quest Diagnostics.’”

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Erin Woo

There’s a ten/10/14 e mail from a customer support rep to Christian Holmes a few affected person who redid her labs at Stanford and acquired very totally different outcomes.

Christian responds to say they’ll repeat the exams and loop Rosendorff in. Rosendorff was looped in as instructed, however now there’s a followup e mail to Rosendorff! Every week had passed by, and he hadn’t returned the cellphone name in regards to the affected person.

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Erin Woo

Up to now this morning, Wade’s cross has consisted of going via e mail chains discussing proficiency testing, seemingly to determine that Theranos did have a rigorous proficiency testing protocol in place.

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Erin Woo

We’re beginning off with proficiency testing. Wade will get Rosendorff to agree that he did write a typical working coverage for another evaluation protocol for proficiency testing.

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Erin Woo

Court docket is in session for the fourth (!!) day of testimony by the previous Theranos lab director Adam Rosendorff. (That is the longest any witness has been on the stand to this point.)

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Erin Woo

There isn’t a redirect, and Sung has been dismissed. Court docket is on recess till Friday.

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Erin Woo

The protection ended on the contract between Celgene and Theranos. Cline stated that all the “success milestones” had been achieved, and funds had been made, though Sung stated she didn’t have direct data of the cost.

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Erin Woo

John Cline is doing the cross-examination for the protection. He’s beginning by going again via the chronology we coated in direct.

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Erin Woo

And now we’re onto cross! This was a really quick direct examination.

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Erin Woo

Sung didn’t inform anybody that Celgene had comprehensively validated Theranos’s know-how.

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Erin Woo

4/2/12 e mail from Sung to Daniel Edlin, with Holmes and Younger copied. “We thought it might be nice to maintain her within the loop and conscious of ongoing actions,” Sung stated. The e-mail says Celgene “had determined to easily wait till your next-gen machines are prepared after which deploy them”

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Erin Woo

In additional unhealthy information for Theranos, imply focus profiles weren’t constant between Theranos and QPS, and focus variability was increased with Theranos than with QPS technique. As soon as once more, Sung confirms that focus variability is undesirable.

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Erin Woo

We’re taking a look at a scatter plot exhibiting the vary the place Theranos exams ought to fall. Most of them … don’t fall inside this vary. 67% of samples had >25% distinction in serum focus between Theranos and QPS technique. “It’s not excellent news” for Theranos, Sung stated.

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Erin Woo

Theranos complete blood information confirmed extra fluctuations, which Sung stated was undesirable.

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Erin Woo

Theranos additionally had increased variability. Authorities requested if that was good or unhealthy. Sung chuckled and replied: “Unhealthy.”

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Erin Woo

14.1% of Theranos samples didn’t have usable outcomes, in comparison with lower than 2% for QPS.

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Erin Woo

We will see a comparability between Theranos and QPS assays. Theranos solely used .25mL of blood in comparison with 2mL for QPS. Theranos additionally used complete blood relatively than serum, which Sung stated was “very good.”

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Erin Woo

7/20/10 e mail from Sung to Holmes saying they weren’t in a position to validate Theranos’s exams. The outcomes had been “shut” in some circumstances however not adequate.

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Erin Woo

She had visited Theranos and thinks she met Holmes whereas she was there. She noticed a Theranos machine whereas she was there and stated it seemed like an oven. The thought you can do one thing so small and environment friendly on web site was a “nice concept,” she thought on the time.

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Erin Woo

Celgene entered into an association with Theranos. Her understanding was that Theranos was creating a platform to research the endpoints. She thought they may do it effectively with a really small quantity of blood, which might be a “enormous benefit.”

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Erin Woo

We’re beginning her testimony in 2009, when she labored on a drug known as ACE-011 being developed for remedy of anemia and bone loss. Her function was to recommend proteins within the blood to measure that might recommend whether or not the drug was working (e.g., hormones).

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Erin Woo

Dr. Sung acquired a Ph.D at Georgetown after which did a postdoc at Stanford earlier than going into trade. She labored in varied biotech corporations, together with Celgene, which was later purchased by Bristol Myers Squibb. She’ll be testifying about her work at Celgene.

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Erin Woo

We’re again in session. The federal government is asking Dr. Victoria Sung. (Rosendorff will decide up on Friday.)

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Erin Woo

After a protracted dialogue of an e mail chain about proficiency testing, Rosendorff is finished with testimony for right this moment. (He has a battle this afternoon.) We’re going to take a 20 minute break after which decide up with a unique witness for the remainder of the afternoon.

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Erin Woo

Now taking a look at a doc from the American Proficiency Institute that offers “Acceptable” scores to all the proficiency exams.

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Erin Woo

Wanting now at an e mail from Rosendorff: “We’re frequently doing proficiency testing.” Rosendorff testifies to make clear that this was predicate testing.

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Erin Woo

After taking a look at his 2016 testimony (within the binders!), Rosendorff says he nonetheless doesn’t keep in mind telling the federal government that. “I assume the file is appropriate,” he says.

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Erin Woo

We’re now again to the place we began yesterday, discussing Rosendorff’s contact with the federal government. Wade asks Rosendorff if he remembers telling the federal government that Theranos machines used various evaluation proficiency to measure accuracy. Rosendorff says no.

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Erin Woo

Rosendorff beforehand testified there was no formal proficiency testing processes in place. After Wade challenges him, Rosendorff clarifies: There was proficiency testing for predicate testing (business exams), however not for Theranos exams

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Erin Woo

Taking a look at a top quality methods presentation for 2014 from Langly Gee, Theranos’s high quality management supervisor. Wade is exhibiting failure charges for Edison high quality management exams. “One thing’s not squaring up,” Rosendorff says — these failure charges are decrease than he thought they had been.

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Erin Woo

Wade is continuous on this line of questioning, noting that Rosendorff testified about issues in June 2014 however signed validation experiences in Aug. and Sept. 2014.

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Erin Woo

Rosendorff testifies that he wouldn’t have continued signing validation experiences for Theranos’s blood testing machine, the Edison, if he thought it was unreliable.

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Erin Woo

We’re again from break! And on to a different Edison validation report.

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Erin Woo

We’re going via a Sept. 2013 validation report on the Edison for TSH, a thyroid take a look at. This doc, with Rosendorff’s signature, validates the take a look at for affected person use. Wade is strolling Rosendorff web page by web page via the report.

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Erin Woo

Rosendorff testifies that he by no means informed the CLIA group to cease utilizing the Edison take a look at altogether, however did on some particular exams.

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Erin Woo

Wade is now noting that Rosendorff was among the many highest-paid staff at Theranos. Rosendorff says that he thought he ought to have been paid extra, given Theranos’s issues, however that is stricken from the file.

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Erin Woo

Rosendorff says he had issues about QC. Wade says he was paid to have issues. “That’s why you receives a commission the large bucks.” Rosendorff replies: “Not as massive bucks as you receives a commission.” Cue the largest snort of the trial thus far.

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Erin Woo

Wade is making some extent he’s made earlier than, that high quality management samples aren’t affected person samples — noting that “nothing unhealthy occurs” to sufferers if a QC take a look at fails.

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Erin Woo

We are actually on to a mid-Jan 2014 e mail from Rosendorff to the CLIA lab group asking them to confer with very detailed quality-control insurance policies.

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Erin Woo

Balwani’s response: “I spoke with the groups right this moment and they’re all going to place in lengthy hours and do no matter it takes to get this carried out tomorrow.” Rosendorff testifies: “I had many many battles with Sunny about what was wanted versus what he was ready to permit.”

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Erin Woo

Rosendorff added: “I do really feel that it was very troublesome to get solutions from Daniel’s group.” In a later e mail, Rosendorff doubles down on needing the specificity research: “No they’re required. Crucial actually.”

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Erin Woo

From the e-mail chain. Balwani: “As we all know, we take these points with seriousness. Why didn’t you elevate these earlier than to me once I was asking for any points for months?” Rosendorff: “My apologies for the late suggestions concerning our readiness …”

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Erin Woo

Notable frustration from Rosendorff after he tries to make some extent and Wade cuts him off: “I’m simply studying emails and saying, sure, that’s what’s taking place right here.”

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Erin Woo

We’re now onto dialogue of the Walgreens launch. In a 11/10/13 e mail to Balwani, Rosendorff flagged points that wanted to be addressed earlier than the Walgreens launch. Wade is strolling him via the e-mail chain with Balwani, level by level.

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Erin Woo

After many questions establishing that Rosendorff didn’t disguise Normandy lab from the inspectors, Wade notes that the inspection discovered “minor deficiencies.” Rosendorff says that Holmes and Balwani had been upset that there have been deficiencies and {that a} clear report would have been “superb.”

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Erin Woo

Wade is making an attempt to make the purpose that this was to protect commerce secrets and techniques. Rosendorff says this doesn’t make sense, asking who would pin commerce secrets and techniques to a bulletin board.

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Erin Woo

We’re wanting once more on the e mail from Elizabeth Holmes about strolling the auditors via the lab. We’re now seeing the response: “The entire bulletin boards from the foyer to HR had been coated with paper so the inspector couldn’t view any of the drawings or objects on the boards.”

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Erin Woo

Wade is beginning by asking questions in regards to the Dec. 2013 CA Dept. of Public Well being audit that we mentioned yesterday. Wade’s going via a doc itemizing preparations for the audit as he tries to determine that Rosendorff had accountability right here.

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Erin Woo

Court docket is in session for one more day of the Elizabeth Holmes trial! We’re persevering with with the cross-examination of former Theranos lab director Adam Rosendorff, which protection lawyer Lance Wade expects to take all day.

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Erin Woo

Rosendorff requested for a loo break, and we’re as a substitute ending for the day! Will decide again up at 9 a.m. Pacific Time tomorrow.

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Erin Woo

Necessary content material: The custom-built laboratory data system was named Tremendous Mario. (Different enjoyable names: Jurassic Park = the lab with all the commonplace machines, Normandy = the lab with Theranos machines.)

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Erin Woo

Cross examination has been a lot slower and calmer now that we’re again from break. Much less urgent Rosendorff to reply particular questions and extra jokes.

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Erin Woo

Wade is holding up a duplicate of the guide and speaking in regards to the significance of its PR and advertising and marketing efforts, in addition to its secrecy.

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Erin Woo

Rosendorff learn Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography and preferred the thrill of Silicon Valley, which helped lead him to Theranos. (That Steve Jobs biography was a favourite of Holmes’s, too.)

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Erin Woo

We’re again from break! And we’ve taken an enormous step again in time — now wanting on the resume Rosendorff despatched Theranos when he utilized in 2013.

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Erin Woo

We’re now going backwards and forwards on who was concerned within the R&D course of. Rosendorff says he was not conscious on the time if Holmes was concerned with R&D. Per the grasp validation plan, Rosendorff needed to log out on every assay earlier than it will possibly go into validation.

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Erin Woo

We’re going via what exams had been provided throughout the family and friends launch. The one exams run via 9/28/13 had been two that didn’t run on the Edison, Rosendorff confirms. The primary Edison-based take a look at, TSH, a measure of thyroid perform, was run 10/17/2013.

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Erin Woo

Wade additionally retains having Rosendorff learn his personal testimony, silently, to himself. That’s taking place once more now.

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Erin Woo

Within the e mail, Balwani writes, “We really feel assured we are able to deal with ~30 samples/day from this location at this level. And it has been 2 months since we now have been out in WAG [Walgreens]. It’s time to go dwell.” Wade now making an attempt to make the purpose that they’d not beforehand been dwell.

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Erin Woo

Discovered it! We are actually taking a look at an 11/7/13 e mail from Balwani to Rosendorff about opening their Palo Alto/Uni Ave location to the general public on the approaching Monday. It had beforehand solely been open to mates/household.

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Erin Woo

We are actually, as soon as once more, looking for the proper pages within the MANY binders the protection gave Rosendorff.

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Erin Woo

Wade is now saying that Rosendorff testified earlier to a grand testimony that it was a “restricted family and friends” however didn’t accomplish that on Friday.

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Erin Woo

We are actually on to the business launch. In an e mail that we noticed in direct, Rose Edmonds (a growth scientist) says that not one of the assays are utterly via validation testing. Rosendorff had testified that is vital as a result of they had been only a week from launch.

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Erin Woo

Wade gave a hypothetical the place Rosendorff had rotten meals in his workplace, and subordinates complain to Balwani. Rosendorff continued to look confused, and Wade is now shifting on.

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Erin Woo

We are actually … asking about firm hierarchy? (Rosendorff reported on to Balwani, and Younger was additionally above him.) “Are there ever circumstances the place it’s applicable for senior administration to have discussions a few subordinate?” Wade asks. Rosendorff appears confused.

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Erin Woo

Rosendorff additionally served as Theranos’s medical advisor. Holmes wouldn’t qualify for this both.

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Erin Woo

Wade is asking about Holmes’s schooling. Famously, she dropped out of Stanford. “Based mostly in your understanding of her background, would she be certified to be a CLIA supervisor or lab director? Rosendorff: “No, positively not.”

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Erin Woo

Wade says, and Rosendorff concedes, that in the end it was Rosendorff’s accountability if the exams failed and his accountability to implement high quality management insurance policies and proficiency exams.

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Erin Woo

Rosendorff is agreeing with Wade’s questioning that Holmes by no means informed him to report an inaccurate outcome, and that Holmes by no means directed him to not pause or discontinue exams he thought had been inaccurate.

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Erin Woo

Wade: “Did you ever use a take a look at on sufferers that you simply believed was inaccurate or unreliable?” Rosendorff: “No.” Did he ever present outcomes that he believed to be unreliable? “No.”

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Erin Woo

Wade: “Did you faithfully dispatch your authorized obligations as lab director at Theranos?” Rosendorff: “Sure, I did.” Wade: “Did you supply lab exams that you simply knew on the time had been inaccurate or unreliable?” Rosendorff: “No … I ordered the laboratory to stop testing.”

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Erin Woo

Two themes of cross to this point: Wade appears to be making an attempt to show that Rosendorff labored with the federal government in shaping his testimony, and is hammering residence that Rosendorff was legally and ethically liable for the lab.

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Erin Woo

Rosendorff confirms that he was acquainted with the laws. Wade is now asking a sequence of questions on Rosendorff’s obligations: “You might be required to…?” Rosendorff says these are his obligations, however “I obtained pushback from administration.”

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Erin Woo

Wade is now holding up a stack of papers (perhaps an inch thick?) and asking if Rosendorff knew all of these laws, presumably the stack of papers he’s holding. Davila, the choose: “You’re asking to confess everything of this doc? It’s what number of pages? 122?” It’s admitted.

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Erin Woo

We’re into Rosendorff’s time at Theranos! Wade requested him if being the CLIA lab director meant he was legally liable for what occurred within the lab, and Rosendorff stated sure.

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Erin Woo

Wade is continuous to attempt to decide aside the prosecution’s case, noting that they didn’t go in chronological order via the paperwork. He nonetheless hasn’t actually requested about Rosendorff’s precise experiences at Theranos.

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Erin Woo

Wade is arguing that Rosendorff’s testimony in direct doesn’t match what he testified in 2019. Earlier, he simply stated he wasn’t glad with administration’s response to proficiency testing. His testimony on Friday was extra detailed.

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Erin Woo

We’re now into questioning in regards to the testimony itself. Wade is asking Rosendorff about his causes for leaving Theranos. Wade asks if Rosendorff mentioned that query/reply with the federal government. Rosendorff says sure.

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Erin Woo

Wade presses him on whether or not he informed the federal government what he was going to testify.

Rosendorff says no.

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Erin Woo

Wade is now asking about how Rosendorff was ready to testify by the federal government. Rosendorff: “I used to be all the time instructed by the federal government to be truthful.” Wade requested: “Did they inform you to provide that reply?” Rosendorff: “No.”

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Erin Woo

Wade goes via a listing of individuals and asking Rosendorff if he’s met every of them. His tone is much extra aggressive than with earlier witnesses.

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Erin Woo

We’re beginning with cross-examination. Lance Wade, Holmes’s lawyer, is beginning by grilling Rosendorff on what number of instances he’s met with the federal government.

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Erin Woo

And, with that, his direct testimony has wrapped. We’ll decide up with cross-examination after a 30-min. break.

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Finally, Rosendorff stated, he left after “countless conferences and conversations, very cautious research of medical literature, late nights … nice efforts on my half to enhance the standard of testing at Theranos.”

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Erin Woo

Rosendorff testified about why he spoke with then-WSJ reporter John Carreyrou: stated he felt a “ethical and moral” obligation to alert the general public.

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Bostic identified the road “We are going to execute this yr.” When did Theranos begin testing? he requested. Rosendorff responds: 2013.

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Erin Woo

Extra texts from Holmes/Balwani! Holmes: “This yr is our yr. We will always remember this tiger.” Balwani: “I do know, I’m centered on it. We are going to execute this yr.” Holmes: “I do know. I’m centered on it too. And for our youngsters always remember who we’re.”

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Erin Woo

On Rosendorff’s final day, he says Balwani provided a handshake, and he declined. Balwani gave him exit paperwork to signal. Balwani stated he can be ready to maintain him on, however Rosendorff stated it wasn’t definitely worth the threat to his popularity.

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Erin Woo

Holmes forwarded it to Balwani: “We have to reply to him now and lower him Monday.” Rosendorff had already accepted a job supply at one other lab and was planning on leaving — interpreted this as them making an attempt to fireplace him proper earlier than he left.

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Erin Woo

Nov. 2014 e mail to Rosendorff asking for a redraw. Rosendorff forwarded this to Holmes/Balwani, and Balwani stated the rep “jumped the gun” asking for a redraw. Adam forwarded this to Elizabeth: “I discover Sunny’s response offensive and disingenuous. He ought to apologize.”

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Erin Woo

Gov’t making an attempt to make the purpose that Holmes/Balwani are actively courting investments at the same time as Rosendorff raises issues about essential issues within the lab.

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Erin Woo

We’re now taking a look at Nov. 2014 texts between Balwani and Holmes, speaking about investments from Alice Walton and Rupert Murdoch. Balwani: “They aren’t investing in our firm, they’re investing in our future.”

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Erin Woo

“…how basic it’s to all of us for you or every other worker by no means to do something you’re not utterly assured in.” Rosendorff says he disagrees with this, and we’ve seen emails exhibiting that he raised issues.

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Erin Woo

Holmes’s response (pt. 1): “How unhappy and disappointing to see this from you. Exterior of the actual fact you’ve by no means emailed me on any issues you allude to there earlier than however now e mail this, you already know from each dialog we’ve ever had collectively …”

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Erin Woo

Now taking a look at Nov. 14 emails from Rosendorff. “I really feel actually uncomfortable with what is occurring proper now on this firm. Is there any approach you will get Spencer again on the CLIA [Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments] license and take me off? I’m feeling pressured to vouch for outcomes that I can’t be assured in.”

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Christian forwarded the e-mail to Elizabeth, writing: “His response to this was to do a vacutainer redraw & I ended the dialog at that time.” A vacutainer draw is a non-Theranos retest.

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He continued: “Additional 100% honesty and transparency to the affected person is important. “My first responsibility is to not Theranos, however to the affected person as per my Hippocratic oath “primum non nocere.” “I by no means stated I wouldn’t speak to the MD.”

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In an e mail to Christian, Rosendorff doubled down. “This isn’t a query of decoding outcomes — it is a query of the reliability and accuracy of the outcome.” “Essentially the most constructive factor at this level is to supply dependable and strong assays, to not spin.”

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Nov. e mail from Rosendorff in regards to the affected person name to Christian: “Should you’re asking me to defend these values then the reply is not any.” He was refusing to defend the accuracy of the outcome, Rosendorff testifies.

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Emails like this contributed to a “crescendo” of points, Rosendorff testifies, resulting in his resignation in Nov. 2014.

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Taking a look at an e mail from a medical assistant involved that HDL and LDL (ldl cholesterol) readings aren’t including up. That raises issues in regards to the accuracy of the take a look at, Rosendorff testifies.

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In a follow-up e mail from Holmes: “Kerry please delineate this based mostly on what we did with the NY inspector just lately and ship that out.” Nobody was allowed to enter or exit the Normandy lab throughout the go to, Rosendorff stated. These instructions got here from Balwani.

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1/26/13 e mail from Holmes in regards to the upcoming audit from the California Dept. of Public Well being: “Let me know if the trail for strolling the auditors in and downstairs has been cemented so we keep away from areas that can’t be accessed, and what that path is.”

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Christian forwarded the message to Daniel Younger and cc’d Elizabeth. In a later e mail to Elizabeth and Daniel, Christian wrote that Rosendorff already authorised the redraw. “Want to debate messaging for my name with this doc, with regard to cause for the redraw,” Christian wrote.

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Now taking a look at an e mail to Christian Holmes to approve a redraw, regardless of his not having a place within the medical lab or a medical/science background. Rosendorff says he wasn’t conscious Christian was concerned in approving redraws.

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Now onto discussing transparency. “I felt a battle between the messaging that the corporate wished me to offer … and my responsibility as a doctor” to precisely report outcomes when speaking with medical doctors, Rosendorff says.

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In an e mail chain in regards to the proficiency testing samples, Balwani wrote that Theranos’s validation has been “glorious up to now” and that “it’s these PT samples which can be off.” Rosendorff testifies that he disagrees.

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There was no formal proficiency testing course of at Theranos, Rosendorff says. He says he raised these issues at a mid-2014 assembly to individuals together with Holmes, Theranos’s president, Ramesh Balwani, and the VP Daniel Younger. He felt like they gave “lip service” to this concern, and there was no progress made earlier than he left in November.

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Rosendorff’s response to conditions like this: “Each time we acquired a doctor criticism, each time our QC would fail, each time we had a spate of anomalous outcomes, it raised nice issues to me in regards to the accuracy of the testing course of.”

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We’re taking a look at an e mail from somebody who has been on coumadin, a blood thinner treatment, for 13 years. After switching to Theranos testing, her outcomes got here again low, and she or he elevated her dose in consequence. “I’ve not felt ‘proper’ for the reason that one elevated dose,” she wrote.

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I’m again within the courtroom for one more day of the Elizabeth Holmes trial! We’re beginning with the tip of former lab director Adam Rosendorff’s direct testimony.

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With that, we’re going to interrupt for the weekend. I’ll be within the courthouse Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday subsequent week — see you on Tuesday!

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For the previous hour, Rosendorff has testified about issues w varied exams, incl. the potassium, chloride and sodium exams. In a ten/27/14 e mail, he wrote: “I’m not positive of the medical worth of a sodium assay, wherein the one time we are able to report it’s when it’s not essential”

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We’re now moving into Rosendorff’s determination to depart. He forwarded work emails with problems with concern to his Gmail account in 2014, testifying that “I wished to guard myself.” He additionally says he began on the lookout for one other job in mid-2013, shortly after becoming a member of Theranos.

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At the moment’s theme appears to be a) Rosendorff was involved about defective exams, b) Rosendorff really useful the corporate cease utilizing these exams and c) Holmes/Balwani had been conscious however declined to alter course.

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We’re now on points with Theranos’s HDL (ldl cholesterol) exams. Rosendorff says he “suspected” Theranos’ HDL was now not working as of Feb. 2014 and advised reverting to FDA-approved gadgets, however obtained pushback from Balwani, Holmes and Theranos VP Daniel Younger.

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We’ve now seen two e mail chains together with Holmes/Balwani about complaints/points that Rosendorff wasn’t included on. Rosendorff says he “completely” ought to have been included on the emails.

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Rosendorff is testifying about points with the hCG exams, which detect being pregnant. In June 2014, Christian Holmes wrote to Elizabeth: “Simply fyi-hCG proper now inflicting some critical points and affected person complaints.”

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We’re evaluating Rosendorff’s time on the College of Pittsburgh to his time at Theranos. At Theranos, complaints about take a look at outcomes had been “way more frequent,” and he “felt pressured to defend the corporate’s outcomes to physicians,” he stated.

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Theranos gadgets failed so incessantly that it raised questions in regards to the accuracy of the outcomes, Rosendorff testifies. Efficiency of Theranos assays was worse than non-Theranos analyzers.

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Rosendorff is now discussing high quality management. As we realized in Cheung’s testimony, high quality management occurred as soon as a day, and machines can be recalibrated in the event that they failed. This was a frequent dialogue subject at Theranos, he testifies.

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Rosendorff had a gathering w Holmes the place he expressed his issues. She was very nervous and was not her regular composed self, he stated: She was trembling, knee was shaking, she was very upset.

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In an e mail to Holmes, Rosendorff wrote that “A couple of extra weeks to kind via these medical and logistical points, and getting the correct stage of coaching and staffing would assist us tremendously.”nd staffing would assist us tremendously.”

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An e mail from Rose Edmonds from 9 days earlier than the launch says “none of our assays are utterly via validation together with medical pattern testing with fingerstick.” Below CLIA legislation, the exams should be validated correctly earlier than they can be utilized for affected person care.

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Main as much as Sept 2013 business launch, there was “a variety of nervousness” in regards to the appropriateness of utilizing modified exams for affected person care. The final temper of the corporate was “very optimistic,” however some had been questioning why Theranos wasn’t utilizing its personal gadgets.

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The downstairs Theranos lab, which contained the Theranos Edison gadgets, was known as Normandy, Rosendorff stated. Based on Rosendorff, Balwani known as the upstairs lab with standard gadgets Jurassic Park: Balwani “believed the standard gadgets had been dinosaurs.”

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Rosendorff beginning robust with why he stop Theranos, incl. unwillingness of administration to carry out proficiency testing and feeling pressured to vouch for exams he wasn’t assured in. Additionally: “The corporate was extra about PR and fundraising than affected person care.”

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The federal government is asking former Theranos lab director Adam Rosendorff right this moment within the trial of Elizabeth Holmes. Per prosecutor John Bostic, this testimony is prone to take all day.

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Mattis is finished and now a prosecutor is studying textual content messages between Holmes and Balwani whereas a forensics man from PWC says “sure” and “appropriate.” I assume that is how they must current this proof however it’s actually actually weird.

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On redirect: Why did Mattis initially help Holmes after the WSJ expose after which change his thoughts? There have been too many surprises, he stated. “We had been unable to assist her on the basic points that she was grappling with if we solely noticed them within the rearview mirror.”

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We have a look at Mattis’ emailed response to Holmes after the WSJ article. “Be swift in response with unassailable fact,” he wrote. “I’ve full religion in our plan.”

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He additionally asks if Mattis knew Theranos was doing blood exams in a central lab.
Mattis: “I assumed the central Theranos lab was the Theranos machine.”

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In cross-exam, Holmes lawyer Kevin Downey requested Gen. Mattis about his {qualifications} to judge Theranos’s know-how and be a board director.

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Initially Mattis thought the issue was fixable — the corporate merely tousled its messaging and will come clear. Quickly after, he started to query whether or not or not the Edison machine labored. “There simply got here some extent once I didn’t know what to consider about Theranos anymore.”

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After WSJ article, board members emailed Holmes in regards to the allegations. Her response: Theranos was transitioning from working below one laboratory framework to a different. Mattis: “I used to be nonetheless confused.” At a minimal, “we had a popularity drawback right here and an integrity drawback.”

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Ominous. After Theranos realized a few 2015 WSJ article by John Carreyrou that uncovered issues with Theranos’s know-how, there was a board assembly with a slide titled “Responsibility of Loyalty.” We’re proven that slide, besides it’s comically redacted — all content material blacked out — and Mattis doesn’t keep in mind it.

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We see an e mail from Holmes instructing Mattis that, in an interview with Ken Auletta of The New Yorker, he can’t focus on “how our know-how works (i.e. that there’s a single machine that does all exams)”

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Fortune printed a protracted correction to that article, which I don’t keep in mind seeing from a variety of different shops that wrote optimistic tales. Parloff is listed as a witness and protection is making an attempt to compel him to show over his notes.

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Assistant U.S. lawyer John Bostic pulls up Fortune’s 2014 cowl story about Theranos. Mattis spoke to the reporter, Roger Parloff, and stated Holmes gave him steering on what he might and couldn’t say.

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Nonetheless making an attempt to coach my mind to not hear “amino acid” each time they are saying “immunoassay”

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Theranos acquired a variety of mileage out of a 2013 WSJ article! We see an e mail the place Holmes sends Mattis the hyperlink, in addition to a slide of it in a Theranos board presentation

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We’re going via this board presentation, which has a slide claiming Theranos’s tech had been validated by 10 of the 15 largest pharmaceutical corporations, alongside logos of FDA & WHO and a quote from Johns Hopkins.

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What had been your sources for details about the corporate? Mattis: “Ms. Holmes.” “Was she the first supply?” “The only real supply.”

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Erin Griffith

Mattis additionally invested $85k into Theranos, which he stated was a big sum “for somebody who had been in govt. service for 40 years.”

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Did you settle for Ms. Holmes’s invitation to hitch Theranos’s board? “Sure I did, after asking why. I used to be not a medical individual.” She stated she wished his mgmt. and organizational expertise.

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Mattis testified that he was not conscious of Theranos gadgets ever getting used on battlefields, army helicopters, clandestine operations…

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Mattis testified that Holmes was “very aggressive” at wanting the army pilot program to get going. “She was very assured that if we acquired it in there, it might show itself.” He knew it was a start-up, however famous that Holmes had been engaged on it for a decade by 2013.

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oy, one other e mail the place Mattis calls Holmes “younger Elizabeth.”

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Holmes was the one telling him in regards to the Theranos machine’s capabilities, he stated. “I used to be frankly amazed at what was potential.” However he added: “That didn’t take the place of getting the machine show itself.”

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Erin Griffith

Mattis testified the dimensions of the Theranos machine and its promised capabilities made it so enticing to potential army use. Accuracy and reliability had been essential given the casualties, he stated. “The stakes are very excessive.”

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In a single e mail, Mattis informed Holmes he needs to discover a pilot venture to check Theranos machines alongside the military’s current methods to match. Mattis testified that he was very “taken” by the chances of utilizing a drop of blood for diagnostics.

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Mattis, a U.S. common and former secretary of protection, was on Theranos’s board between 2013 and 2016.

We begin by taking a look at 2011 emails between them after assembly. In a single, Mattis writes, “thanks in your word, younger Elizabeth, and I want you each success.”

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On the courthouse for US v. Holmes. James Mattis has taken the stand.

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Gould’s testimony lasted round quarter-hour – From behind a transparent masks, she acquired emotional discussing her expertise discovering out by way of Theranos exams that, after three miscarriages, her fourth being pregnant was not viable. The pleased ending is that it was. She had a child. Adjourned!

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Protection wraps up by stating that Zachman’s follow had many many take a look at outcomes from Theranos past Ms. Gould that gave the impression to be fantastic. Choose Davila is keen to maintain going, despite the fact that we’re over on time right this moment. Brittany Gould takes the stand.

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Protection works to chip away on the testimony by implying that the Theranos take a look at outcomes merely existed on a unique scale and will have been “rebaselined.” Additionally famous that Holmes’s brother Christian, who responded to Zachman’s criticism in regards to the outcomes, apologized.

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Oh my, Theranos provided Zachman a “corrected” model of the outcomes which merely eliminated a decimal level however the she says numbers nonetheless wouldn’t have made sense inside the context of a viable being pregnant or a lack of one.

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“This circumstance was very impactful to me because it stood out as such a crimson flag for the being pregnant.”

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Gould took 5 blood exams, 3 from a subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics and a couple of from Theranos. She went on a rollercoaster, with the Quest take a look at exhibiting she was pregnant, the 2 Theranos exams exhibiting a miscarriage, and a couple of extra Quest exams exhibiting she was certainly nonetheless pregnant.

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Zachman describes the case of a affected person named Brittany Gould (sp?) who had had 3 miscarriages. She got here to see Gould after a optimistic at-home being pregnant take a look at “to determine that sure, she is pregnant and have a look at the well being of the being pregnant.”

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Zachman was on a committee that evaluated service suppliers and her follow adopted Theranos blood exams round 2014. Theranos even arrange a lab downstairs from one in all her follow’s places of work, which Zachman stated was “very thrilling.”

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New witness: Audra Zachman, a nurse practitioner at an OB-GYN follow.

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I’ve loved chatting with a number of the trial-heads and and followers of justice who’ve proven as much as watch (offered they are not moles :). At the moment I met a retired paralegal who says he was on the Patty Hearst trial!!

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Erin Griffith

Redirect up. US Legal professional Robert Leach reminds jurors that when Gangakhedkar resigned from Theranos, she had issues in regards to the reliability of Theranos’s exams and mentioned them with Holmes.

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Extra unhealthy boss/good boss content material: We see an e mail Gangakhedkar despatched to Balwani defending how exhausting her group was working + an e mail she despatched to her group praising their lengthy hours. She then resigned from Theranos and Holmes tried to get her to remain, providing day without work.

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Protection beforehand confirmed that Holmes let Gangakhedkar go to India to see household, portray her as a sympathetic boss and Balwani because the aggressive one. “[Balwani’s] making an attempt to make you’re feeling responsible that you simply weren’t working?” “Sure” “You had been annoyed by that?” “Sure.”

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We’re nonetheless doing cross-examination of Gangakhedkar.

Wade reveals an e mail from the previous Theranos president, Ramesh Balwani (who goes by Sunny), chastising the lab employees for not working as exhausting as his software program group, portray him because the one pushing unrealistically for overwork.

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Zachman will now supply knowledgeable testimony on decoding HCG exams (a hormone used to establish being pregnant standing)

You anticipate HCG ranges to double each 48 hours or so in early being pregnant.

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Wade goes on a run of questions (peppered with “sure” responses by Gangakhedkar) arguing that the purpose of R&D is encountering points and setbacks and fixing them.

“In R&D generally you must fail earlier than you may succeed proper?”
“Sure.”

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We see an e mail the place Holmes requested Gangakhedkar for some testing information forward of a gathering with the DoD. Gangakhedkar emails that Vitamin D information is not prepared and Holmes writes asking for information on different exams. The purpose is, apparently, have a look at this instance of Holmes not doing fraud.

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Erin Griffith

The Protection technique re: Theranos lab issues appears to be: look, actual work was being carried out; there have been processes in place that positive appeared rigorous; the very individuals stating issues additionally signed off on all of it.

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Erin Griffith

Up to now it’s principally a name and response, the place Wade describes work of Gangakhedkar + Theranos’s lab, and Gangakhedkar replies “sure.” “Have been you happy with that work?” “Sure.” “And others on the firm had been pleased about that work as properly?” “I believe so.”

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Again within the San Jose courtroom right this moment for extra US v Holmes. Surekha Gangakhedkar, a scientist at Theranos, is again on the stand being cross-examined by Holmes’s lawyer Lance Wade.

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Erin Woo

With that, Choose Davila is ending Gangakhedkar’s testimony for the day and instructing jurors to not eat media content material in regards to the trial, as all the time. The trial will resume on Tuesday — Erin Griffith might be on the courthouse to convey you reside updates.

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We are actually onto cross-examination. Holmes’s lawyer is questioning her about G.S.Okay.’s research of Theranos’s assays, stating that the research promoted her work. “The Theranos system eliminates the necessity for a lab and offered high quality information,” the G.S.Okay. memo stated.

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Regardless of having signed an N.D.A., Gangakhedkar printed out some paperwork and took them residence when she left Theranos. “I used to be nervous that I’d be blamed,” she testified.

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Three days after the e-mail from Balwani, Gangakhedkar despatched Holmes her resignation e mail. She testified that she was “very pressured and sad and anxious” with the planning of the Walgreens launch.

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In an e mail from Balwani to Gangakhedkar, with Holmes copied, Balwani stated the software program group had been working till 3:07 a.m., however that the Edison blood-testing gadgets Gangakhedkar’s group labored on had been “all sitting idle.” This was an instance of the stress they had been below, Gangakhedkar stated.

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And, with that, Cheung has been dismissed. The federal government is asking Surekha Gangakhedkar now, a former Theranos group supervisor.

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The federal government is now asking questions on a doc that claims, amongst different issues, that Theranos’s gadgets “will be operated with minimal coaching” and that its outcomes have “precision and accuracy equal to conventional medical laboratory analyzers.” Neither is true, Cheung says.

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Cheung stated they had been always having to recalibrate the machines, which made outcomes take 2-3 days relatively than the couple hours promised. “We had individuals sleeping within the automobile as a result of it was taking too lengthy,” she stated.

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Cheung simply stated she “turned involved a few month in” with the vitamin D samples, in November of 2013. She was involved in regards to the efficiency of the exams and that they had been getting used on affected person samples.

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Protection is finished with cross-examination, after exhibiting Cheung Theranos coverage paperwork she stated she’d by no means seen. The federal government is now asking questions once more for redirect.

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Holmes’s lawyer is asking Cheung a variety of questions on high quality management checks that occurred on the Theranos gadgets. “There’s a recognition that some errors would occur and this was the coverage on tips on how to cope with these errors,” he stated.

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Erin Woo

Erika Cheung is now taking the stand as cross-examination continues.

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The replace you’ve got all been ready for: The choose is STILL saying it ther-AH-nos.

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Erin Woo

Within the courthouse now for one more day of the Elizabeth Holmes trial. We’re anticipating to wrap up testimony right this moment from Erika Cheung, one of many key whistleblowers within the case.

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That’s it for right this moment.🩸💉⚖️

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Erin Griffith

Up to now the theme of the cross-exam of Cheung appears to be utilizing excruciatingly arcane particulars in regards to the processes and procedures of the Theranos lab to point out that its work was very sophisticated, involving numerous sensible, pedigreed individuals.

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Erin Griffith

Cheung testified that in conferences about high quality management failures, Theranos’s lab administrators ignored the obvious potential cause for the failures: “The Edison gadgets didn’t work.”

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Erin Griffith

Trial gear alert: A reporter introduced their very own binoculars to see the displays on the TV screens.

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Erin Griffith

Erika Cheung is again on the stand.

She described Theranos’s follow of demoing blood exams for V.I.P.s, the place a number of the outcomes got here from Theranos machines and others from Siemens analyzers.

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Erin Griffith

At this level we now have heard attorneys and witnesses pronounce “Theranos” lots of of instances, making me begin to wonder if choose is making an attempt to mess with us by sticking to his “ther-AHHHHH-nos” pronunciation.

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Erin Griffith

I ought to word the girl who clapped and yelled “you’re an excellent mother!” at Holmes yesterday abruptly stormed out of the courtroom after Choose Davila warned everybody that yelling stuff like that in entrance of any jurors might trigger a mistrial. I don’t see her right here right this moment!

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Erin Griffith

Elizabeth Holmes’s entourage is down to simply her mother right this moment.

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