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As 2021 drew to a close, the 15-week trial of disgraced Silicon Valley prodigy Elizabeth Holmes completely gripped us. Holmes founded the biotechnology company Theranos, which claimed to have invented a device that would revolutionize blood testing, requiring only a drop or two of blood rather than the vials traditionally required. At 30, Holmes was named the world’s youngest self-made billionaire woman by Forbes.
But Theranos and Holmes’ success were a house of cards. In 2015, the wall street journal Journalist John Carreyrou revealed that the revolutionary technology touted by Holmes did not actually exist, and that the company was instead using existing machines from other companies to conceal this fact. Holmes and Ramesh Balwani (her boyfriend and Theranos COO) on eleven counts. In January, a California jury found Holmes guilty of three counts of fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud investors. She faces up to 20 years in prison, but will not be sentenced until September.
If you want to delve deeper into the extraordinary saga of the rise and fall of Holmes, there’s no shortage of material to devour. Here’s your complete guide to every piece of Theranos content, from the book that started it all to the upcoming adaptation starring Jennifer Lawrence.
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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
the wall street journal Journalist John Carreyou began investigating Theranos in early 2015. After speaking to an employee who claimed the company was providing false data to patients, Carreyrou also noticed a lack of solid data to support Holmes’ public claims. . He started digging and soon uncovered a huge network of fraud. After extensively covering the case for the following years, Carreyou published Bad bloodthat tells the whole mind-blowing story of Theranos in captivating detail.
Launched in early 2019, the ABC News podcast is a compelling character study of Holmes herself and intertwines her personal story with the story of how she built Theranos. The Dropout explores Holmes’ upbringing and ambitions, her brief stint as a student at Stanford, and her decision to drop out to found her own startup. The show returned for a new set of episodes in 2021, covering Holmes’ trial in weekly installments.
Bad Blood: The Final Chapter
As the title suggests, this new podcast continues where Bad Blood left off. At the time Carreyou’s book was published, Holmes’ legal fate was uncertain, hence the need for a follow-up. Hosted by Carreyou and journalist Emily Saul, the show launched in August 2021 as Holmes’ trial began. Each week, Carreyou and Saul break down the latest revelations and takeaways from the courtroom, and ultimately discuss Holmes’ conviction and future.
The Stall (TV series)
Amanda Seyfried will be the first actress to portray Holmes onscreen, having replaced Kate McKinnon in the lead role in Hulu’s new miniseries (based on the podcast of the same name). The showrunner is new girl creator Elizabeth Meriweather, but make no mistake expecting a sitcom. The stall will focus on Holmes’ origin story at Stanford and his relationship with Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani (Naveen Andrews).
Bad Blood (Movie)
Director Adam McKay rose to prominence in 2015 with The big courta biting and satirical chronicle of the 2007 real estate crash. His adaptation of Carreyou’s book is sure to be just as scathing and will star Jennifer Lawrence as Holmes.
The feature film, which will be produced and distributed by Apple Studios. Filming has yet to begin, but McKay recently offered an update, sharing that Lawrence is “working” on Holmes’ distinctly deep voice.
“She said she was working on it,” he said Initiated. “She’s about to have a baby, so I’m not going to bother her right now, but she was born to play this role. With the voice, she said she felt it. She’s excited. “
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