Elizabeth Holmes Another Top Media Topic Ahead of Theranos Trial


It wasn’t that long ago that the world was captivated by the story of Elizabeth Holmes and her ill-fated Theranos company. With a new drama series about her about to debut amid her ongoing legal battle, many may be hoping to catch up with the embattled Silicon Valley personality’s story.

hulu has been developing a series on Holmes since 2019, when “Saturday Night LiveActress Kate McKinnon was announced to play the founder of Theranos in a series titled “The Dropout”.

In keeping with the title, McKinnon has since retired and is replaced by Amanda Seyfried in the lead. The show is expected to release sometime in the fall of 2021. Meanwhile, the real Holmes is ready to stand trial in August after being indicted by a grand jury on hefty charges of fraud amounting to $700 million from investors.

Her story highlights the incredible distance one can travel in Silicon Valley on pure promises and even alleged lies without ever actually having a working product. At its peak, the company was valued at more than $9 billion after raising nearly $900 million from investors, according to The Wall Street Journal. Before the SEC got involved, she herself had an estimated net worth of about $4.5 billion, making her one of the world’s youngest self-made female billionaires at the time.


The story of Holmes’ rise to fame and fortune, as well as her spectacular fall after it was revealed that her blood–testing machines were not based on a real medical reality, were chronicled in a large number of sources that people interested in her story can still find.

Before her trial and the subsequent dramatization of Holmes’ life on Hulu, here’s a rundown of everything you can consume in the media about Elizabeth Holmes:

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, a book by John Carreyrou

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Elizabeth Holmes, founder and former CEO of Theranos, arrives for a hearing on Monday, November 4, 2019 at the US District Court House in the Robert F. Peckham Federal Building in San Jose, California. (Yichuan Cao/NurPhoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Long before anyone else became aware of Elizabeth Holmes’ fraud, The Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou reported on her precipitous fall and was instrumental in letting the public know that her blood-testing machines couldn’t do anything close to what it could do. she had hyped them. Be able to. The story was jeopardized after Theranos began diagnosing patients based on Holmes’ flawed design and broken promises. Finally, Carreyrou collected his coverage in a New York Times bestseller entitled “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup.”


According to GQ, Carreyrou’s extensive reporting includes interviews with more than 150 people, 60 of whom were key figures or ex-employees of Theranos. All those 60 had inside information about what was going on and how such a big lie could grow into a multi-billion dollar company.

ABC News podcast ‘The Dropout’

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Elizabeth Holmes has been the subject of documentaries, podcasts and a book. (Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images/Getty Images)

While Carreyrou’s coverage helped shed light on what Holmes was doing with Theranos, perhaps nothing brought it to the public more than the ABC News-produced podcast “The Waste.”


In fact, it was so prolific that it will serve as inspiration for the upcoming dramatization on Holmes starring Seyfried. Like The Wall Street Journal’s coverage, ABC’s Rebecca Jarvis, Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson take listeners on a journey through Holmes’ life and her indictment that reveals the fruits of a multi-year investigation that includes interviews with several former Theranos employees. , investors and patients. The reporting was also bundled in a special episode of the network’s “20/20” that aired in 2020.

The series isn’t finished yet. It will continue with new episodes relating to Holmes’ upcoming trial in a new series of episodes aptly titled “The Dropout: Elizabeth Holmes on Trial”.

HBO’s ‘The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley’ Documentary

In perhaps the most accessible form Elizabeth Holmes’s story takes, HBO released a documentary about the incident that led to her indictment in 2018.

Directed by Alex Gibney, the compelling and artful take on Holmes as both a Silicon Valley figure and, ultimately, the Big Lie she created with her Theranos technology, initially debuted at Sundance in 2019 before HBO quickly picked it up and the same year. premiered.


While everything on this list has bragged about interviews with former Theranos employees, the Oscar-winning director got to stand on the shoulders of giants and pick key figures from Carreyrou and ABC’s reporting, such as Carreyrou himself, Theranos whistleblower Tyler Shultz and former Chief Creative Officer Patrick O’Neill.

if The edgenotes that the documentary goes deeper than just Holmes’ story and sheds light on Silicon Valley’s startup culture and the seemingly direct incentives it creates to lie to investors.

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