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Holmes Hired Dermatologist to Run Theranos Lab Who Worked Little

Oct. 15, 2021, 1:01 PM

When Theranos Inc. was under fire from health regulators, Elizabeth Holmes and her second-in-command hired a dermatologist to be the lab director at the blood-testing startup -- paying him handsomely to do little work, U.S. prosecutors say.

Sunil Dhawan, who’d been Theranos President Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani’s private doctor, testified Thursday at Holmes’s criminal fraud trial that he signed on as a full-time employee just one day ahead of a planned federal inspection of the lab in September 2015 and “assumed” that after the audit he was no longer an employee. Prior to that, all he’d done was visit ...

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