“It Kept Failing”: Whistleblower Erika Cheung on Working at Theranos. Exposing Misconduct.

“It Kept Failing”: Whistleblower Erika Cheung on Working at Theranos

March 16, 2019

On Monday, March 18, HBO will air the documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley about the stunning rise and dramatic fall of the Silicon Valley healthcare company Theranos.

The documentary will no doubt be avidly watched by those around the world who even casually followed the tale of founder Elizabeth Holmes, the Stanford dropout who modeled herself after Steve Jobs—even down to the ubiquitous black turtlenecks. In 2003, she founded Theranos, which promised low-cost technology that could detect a wide variety of health ailments with a few drops of blood from a fingertip.

“I was 22 years old,” Cheung said. “It was a job I could see working at for 10 years. I thought I was really lucky.”

When Erika Cheung, a UC Berkeley grad, first saw the documentary—in which she appears—at the Sundance Film Festival, she was watching the last five years of her life unfold before her. Cheung worked at the company for seven months and was one of the main whistleblowers who helped journalists uncover what the Securities and Exchange Commission last year called massive fraud.

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