In case you missed it, The Inventor just came out on HBO. It’s a documentary about Elizabeth Holmes and her company Theranos, which was a huge deal in the tech and medical industries until it all fell apart and Holmes was outed as a total liar and manipulator and grifter. It’s incredible. It’s bizarre. You have to watch it.
Holmes is a character. She is tall and pale and blonde and has a crazy-deep voice and unblinking eyes. She charmed investors at the young age of 19 with her revolutionary idea that would change the medical industry forever. She was going to invent a way to perform hundreds of medical tests using only a few drops of blood. Trips to the lab and multiple vials collected through needles in your arm would be a thing of the past. Patients would be able to order their own bloodwork, prick their finger, collect a few drops of blood, and take control of their own medical records. The problem is that it wasn’t possible. The product Holmes promised was never delivered.