Thursday, October 22, 2015

Theranos, The Wall Street Journal, and what Everyone is Missing: the Harms of Overtesting

Theranos is a Silicon Valley start-up dedicated to revolutionizing (some would say disrupting) the medical blood testing industry.  The claim to fame of the company was to use a single drop of blood from a finger stick to run hundreds of tests.  This premise led to a $9 Billion valuation and rock-star status for it's founder, Elizabeth Holmes- and was recently threatened by a Wall Street Journal exposé, which claimed the company's tests were not that accurate and that they used traditional blood testing for most of their work.