Finalist in the AoM 2020 Dark Side Case Competition, Critical Management Studies division of the Academy of Management 2020

Elizabeth Holmes and the Rise and Fall of Theranos Inc.

Global Economic Impact of Coronavirus – Assessment and Mitigation (B)
Case Code: LDEN169
Case Length: 9 Pages
Period: 2005-2020
Pub Date: 2021
Teaching Note: Available
Price: Rs.300
Organization : Theranos Inc.
Industry : Healthcare and Services
Countries : United States
Themes: Entrepreneurship, Business Ethics, Leadership & Values, Ethics in Marketing
Global Economic Impact of Coronavirus – Assessment and Mitigation (B)
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In June 2019, Elizabeth Anne Holmes (Holmes), former CEO and Chairperson of Theranos Inc. (Theranos), a US-based healthcare startup that offered blood testing for medical investigations, and Ramesh Balwani (Balwani), its former President and COO, were indicted by a federal grand jury of the US on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. They were indicted for distributing falsified blood test reports to consumers. Holmes and Balwani were to go on trial in August 2020, and could face up to 20 years of imprisonment if the charges against them were proved. Not too long ago, Theranos was being identified as a revolutionary company and Holmes was being widely celebrated as a leader and the youngest female self-made billionaire..

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