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Theranos Withdraws Two Years of Blood Test Results (cnbc.com) 100

Reader Major Blud writes: Theranos, the company valued at $9 billion that promised to revolutionize the way blood testing is done, has just announced that it has withdrawn all of the test done using its Edison machine performed in 2014 and 2015. The company recently come under fire from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the inaccuracy and unreliability of the machine, and threatened to revoke the company's license as well as ban CEO and founder Elizabeth Holmes, and its president and COO, Sunny Balwani, from blood testing.
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Theranos Withdraws Two Years of Blood Test Results

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  • Wouldn't surprise me if this unicorn gets grounded down to a nag in the near future.
    • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 19, 2016 @09:50AM (#52141547)

      More evidence that the geniuses in silicon valley know exactly what they are doing and clearly have earned their vast wealth because they are so f-in smart

      • According to the Bible: "A fool and his money soon departs."
        • According to the Bible: "A fool and his money soon departs."

          Is it not "A fool and his money are soon parted". Your way implies the fool and his money leave together.

          • Your way implies the fool and his money leave together.

            Well, duh. The fool and his money have to leave together before they can be parted later.

        • by doccus ( 2020662 )

          According to the Bible: "A fool and his money soon departs."

          Departs from where?

      • by Anonymous Coward
        It's not so much a failure of Silicon Valley as it is pressure from the greedy venture capitalists and other stakeholders for insane growth rates paired with the gullibility and lack of knowledge of the American public.
      • How do the senior executives and Board members get off without some penalties. These people may have endangered the health of many thousands (or more) people!
  • Yeah, she revolutionized it alright!
  • by realmolo ( 574068 ) on Thursday May 19, 2016 @09:49AM (#52141537)

    Ha ha. Just kidding. Rich people don't go to prison!

  • dream factory profits ruined by inquisitive and scientific evaluation of highly sophisticated snake oil machine. "Clearly the government wants to abort your shariah muslim terror anchor baby abortions in fema death camps instead" exclaims exhausted man on yacht. In other news sales of disposable unlubricated single use monocles slightly higher.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    If only there were some wholesome, pure, expertly run government organization to protect us from food and drug scams.
  • by citylivin ( 1250770 ) on Thursday May 19, 2016 @10:49AM (#52141937)

    Just was recently reading a great profile of her as the "healthcare industries steve jobs", becuase of her secrecy and wardrobe.

    http://www.newyorker.com/magaz... [newyorker.com]

    Shame that her company is not living up to the hype, but it does say that they were reluctant to reveal any trade secrets about their device all along. Worth the read for some background on theranos (the company she founded when she was 19)

    • by starless ( 60879 ) on Thursday May 19, 2016 @11:17AM (#52142103)

      it does say that they were reluctant to reveal any trade secrets about their device all along.

      No, that's what they claimed was the reason they didn't publish anything.
      Normally companies let scientists publish results in refereed publications, and file patents to protect the money-making potential.

      The lack of publications for a supposedly new technique was an enormous red flag.

    • by TroII ( 4484479 )
      The shame is that people were so eager to push the "successful female CEO" angle, they overlooked the fact that she was selling snake oil.
    • by js290 ( 697670 )
      Sounds like a pyramid scheme of a company. Almost like she's the pretty faced puppet to market the scheme with some back end handlers drumming up publicity.
  • by ErichTheRed ( 39327 ) on Thursday May 19, 2016 @10:58AM (#52141995)

    This second tech bubble is interesting, in that it's a bunch of mini-bubbles. Theranos is the result of investment in the "market disruptors" bubble. Uber is the king here, but there are a whole bunch of tech companies also (like the software-defined-everything vendors who are currently consolidating.)

    I understand that sometimes startups need to bend the truth a little bit to get investors and therefore the time they need to perfect their product or service. However, the problem is that they promoted the fact that they had the answer and all the problems were solved...and look, we're doing it with real world testing!

    Something like this actually happened during the past year in the big company I work for, so it's not just startups. A politically well-connected division of our company spent untold sums of money building out stuff for a product that they proclaimed was completely ready with all the problems solved. Turns out they weren't exactly telling the truth and it only started coming out when customers started buying and using said product. Looking from the outside in on that, I felt pretty bad that the money they were wasting could have easily paid salaries in divisions that were making useful products, but life's not a meritocracy unfortunately. When you have executive cover for your actions, like Theranos had big-name backers and unicorn status, results matter less.

    • by tnk1 ( 899206 )

      Sometimes you can't just throw more money at profitable divisions to increase profits or even maintain momentum.

      In retrospect, that product was badly managed and failed, but it is likely that your company does need to create more products to have something to go to when the profitable products cannot carry the load anymore, whether that is sooner or later. While there are some companies who have products that will withstand the test of time, they are few and far between.

      With Theranos, the idea is good, the

  • The chips keep falling. A few more and this whole charade will be over in a most gruesome, yet delightful, manner.

  • I hope in my next life I am born as a pretty Caucasian chick from a rich family who gets to go to Stanford. This way people will buy whatever bull$hit comes out of my mouth, no matter how ridiculous it sounds.
  • by JoeyRox ( 2711699 ) on Thursday May 19, 2016 @12:07PM (#52142445)
    The SEC is currently investigating the company for potentially misleading their investors in 2014. With yesterday's article we now know that Theranos was supposedly using traditional blood testing machines instead of their 'Einstein' technology for commercial testing starting in 2014. In that year Theranos was still raising money from investors and approached a $9B evaluation based on claims of efficacy for their 'Einstein' technology. Will be interesting to see what the results of the SEC's investigation will be.

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