Case Study

Elizabeth Holmes (B): The downfall

4 pages
June 2017
Reference: IMD-7-1918

This case outlines the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her company Theranos. The company offered a technology with the potential to revolutionize the blood drawing and analysis industry. After dropping out of Stanford and building the company over a ten-year period, Holmes moved out of “stealth mode” and was soon touted as an iconic entrepreneur and the new Steve Jobs. The publication of a Wall Street Journal article, however, highlighted irregularities with the technology and Theranos’s claims thus bringing company under closer examination.

Learning Objective
  • Explore the role of the board in overseeing companies.
Corporate Governance, Analysis
United States of America
Theranos, Manufacturing, Technology, Healthcare
Published Sources
© 2017
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