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'Out For Blood In Silicon Valley:' New Documentary Explores Theranos, CEO Elizabeth Holmes

Theranos was a phenomenon — or at least it was supposed to be. The company was going to revolutionize aspects of the medical and tech industries with a product that would be able to diagnose all sorts of illnesses via much smaller amounts of blood taken from a patient than has become standard.

Big names like former Secretaries of State George Shultz and Henry Kissinger became board members, and founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was seen as a pioneer in male-dominated Silicon Valley. But when reporting by The Wall Street Journal revealed that a considerable part of Theranos’ claims were inaccurate and not proven, the company’s fortunes tumbled.

A new documentary on HBO explores Theranos and Holmes. It’s called "The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley." One of the film’s producers is Jessie Deeter joined The Show.

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