Following a pair of outstanding Fyre Festival docs, the most recent millennials-meet-true-crime documentary is HBO’s The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, which rotates around the fizzled blood-testing startup Theranos and its founder Elizabeth Holmes. Expanding upon the book published a year ago by Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, the documentary (which debuts March 18) will recount the story of the brilliant Stanford dropout who guaranteed to revolutionize the medicinal industry with a machine that would make blood testing a lot quicker and less demanding and who got billions of dollars through fundraising efforts — which would have been incredible if the innovation really existed.
At the point when Holmes previously showed up on the scene in 2004 with her main goal of performing blood tests utilizing just small quantities of blood, she and her new company, Theranos (a name made by consolidating “therapy” and “diagnosis”), got an amazing measure of interest. By 2015, Forbes even perceived Holmes as the most youthful independent female billionaire in America (though she would later be dethroned by Kylie Jenner).
In any case, towards the finish of that same year, a suspicious Carreyrou launched a secret investigation of Theranos after speaking with a medical expert who scrutinized the legitimacy of this miracle blood-testing device. The distribution of his dangerous WSJ article “Hot Startup Theranos Has Struggled With Its Blood-Test Technology” denoted the start of the end for Holmes and her company.
Much the same as with Fyre Media’s CEO Billy McFarland, the most entrancing thing about Holmes is the extent of her deception. All things considered, the now-35-year-old in some way or another persuaded Stanford researchers to trust her idea, notwithstanding an absence of formal preparing, and convinced influential individuals, (such as Rupert Murdoch and Henry Kissinger) to sit on her board and back her with investments. Since Theranos’ breakdown, many have thought about how she had the capacity to keep up for over a decade the illusion that her idea of portable, progressive blood-testing innovation would really transform into a working product. While absolutely crazy, it’s additionally honestly truly great that she kept up the ruse for as long as she did.
In the Summer of 2018, a federal grand jury at long last prosecuted Holmes and previous Theranos COO and president Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani (who was likewise Holmes’ long-term darling) on nine tallies of wire fraud and two checks of scheme to submit wire fraud. Holmes carefully ventured down as CEO of Theranos, and however both she and Balwani keep up their innocence, the case is as yet continuing in the US District Court, with both possibly confronting 20 years in prison.
You’d believe that Holmes would hide out meanwhile, yet there’s no way of that. Presently she’s living in San Francisco in an extravagance loft and is locked in to accommodation beneficiary Billy Evans, who additionally works in tech.She has recently held meetings with filmmakers to try to collaborate on a documentary about her “real” story and she has expressed a desire to write her own book as well. Regardless of all proof to contrary, Holmes is still convinced that she and Theranos will redeem themselves, and though we don’t know for sure yet whether she’ll be sentenced, we feel pretty certain that Theranos isn’t going to work out.