16 Facts About Elizabeth Holmes

1. Elizabeth Holmes was in a clandestine romantic relationship with Balwani during most of Theranos's history.

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2. In 2002, Elizabeth Holmes attended Stanford, where she studied chemical engineering and worked as a student researcher and laboratory assistant in the School of Engineering.

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3. Elizabeth Holmes's filed her first patent application on a wearable drug-delivery patch in 2003.

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4. In 2003, Elizabeth Holmes founded the company Real-Time Cures in Palo Alto, California, to "democratize healthcare".

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5. Elizabeth Holmes described her fear of needles as a motivation and sought to perform blood tests using only small amounts of blood.

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6. When Elizabeth Holmes pitched the idea to reap "vast amounts of data from a few droplets of blood derived from the tip of a finger" to her medicine professor Phyllis Gardner at Stanford, Gardner responded, "I don't think your idea is going to work", explaining it was impossible to do what Elizabeth Holmes was claiming could be done.

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7. In July 2011, Elizabeth Holmes was introduced to former secretary of state George Shultz.

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8. Elizabeth Holmes operated Theranos in "stealth mode" without press releases or a company website until September 2013, when the company announced a partnership with Walgreens to launch in-store blood sample collection centers.

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9. Elizabeth Holmes's was interviewed for Medscape by its editor-in-chief, Eric Topol, who praised her for "this phenomenal rebooting of laboratory medicine".

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10. Elizabeth Holmes's appeared on CNBC's Mad Money the same evening the article was published.

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11. Jim Cramer said, "The article was pretty brutal", to which Elizabeth Holmes responded, "This is what happens when you work to change things, first they think you're crazy, then they fight you, and then all of a sudden you change the world.

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12. Elizabeth Holmes released a portion of her equity to offset any dilution of stock value to non-participating shareholders.

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13. Elizabeth Holmes partnered with Carlos Slim in June 2015 to improve blood testing in Mexico.

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14. Elizabeth Holmes received the Under 30 Doers Award from Forbes and was ranked number 73 in its 2015 list of "the world's most powerful women".

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15. Elizabeth Holmes's met him in 2002 during a trip to Beijing as part of Stanford University's Mandarin program.

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16. In early 2019, Elizabeth Holmes became engaged to William "Billy" Evans, a 27-year-old heir to Evans Hotels, a family-owned group of hotels in the San Diego area.

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