Former Theranos employee Edlin said Holmes told him to conceal part of the laboratory

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On September 8, 2021, after the first day of the fraud trial in San Jose, Theranos founder and former CEO Elizabeth Holmes (left) and her husband Billy Evans left the court.

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]San Jose, California. — Daniel Edlin, a former Theranos project manager and friend of Elizabeth Holmes’ brother, testified on Friday that Holmes told him to conceal parts of the company’s laboratory from potential investors and other important visitors.

Edlin worked at Theranos from September 2011 to December 2016 and studied at Duke University, where he was friends with Christian Holmes, the brother of the founder of Theranos. He told the jurors of Elizabeth Holmes’ criminal trial that during the visit to Theranos, visitors will see a demonstration room with the company’s MiniLab and its blood testing technology.

Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, the former president of Holmes and Theranos, decides where the guests go.

“I remember that before the tour, certain areas of the laboratory would be hidden by partitions,” said Edlin, who reported directly to Holmes. “most of the time [it was] Areas with Theranos equipment to ensure that no one on the tour can see them. ”

Holmes’ trial began last month, and the prosecutor is continuing to call witnesses. The founder of Theranos was charged with 12 counts of wire fraud and conspiracy after her blood testing startup (which was once valued at $9 billion) collapsed in 2015. Both Holmes and Balwani pleaded not guilty, and Balwani will also be tried separately.

Edlin told the jurors that his job at the company is focused on supporting relationships with business partners such as Walgreens. He said he left Theranos to go to business school. “At the time I no longer believed that based on what I saw, the company was able to support its claims of its skills.”

About a year later, the Wall Street Journal exposed the company’s technical and business defects in a series of articles.

“I just don’t want to stay in that environment anymore,” he said. Edlin added that he didn’t learn that MiniLab was not used on patients until 2016.

Edlin is one of the many friends of Holmes’ brother from Duke University. He used to work for Theranos. He said that they were interviewed as a group.

“We didn’t discuss too many details at the time, but it sounds like a lot of potential,” Edlin said.

Edlin told the jurors that Holmes “was in the office from early morning until late at night”, and often on weekends. He said that for a while he would see Holmes every day.

His testimony will continue on Tuesday.

Sherlock Holmes’ defense attorney Lance Wade told the judge on Friday that the prosecution had dealt with certain witnesses (including former laboratory director Sunil Dhawan and Adam Rosendorff). )) The questioning made him “deeply disturbed”.

Wade said that certain questions raised by prosecutors to former laboratory staff seemed to imply that Theranos employees were falsifying information or data.

Wade said: “There are now several witnesses who have raised questions, leaving us with some potential forgery or data integrity problems.” He added, “There is no evidence of this in this case.”

Wade said that such doubts “obviously have a very detrimental effect on our customers.”

The Assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the case, Jeff Schenk, said that Davan’s question was intended to show the jurors that he was making assumptions about what happened in the laboratory.

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