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Elizabeth Holmes hired a bunch of experts so she could ignore them

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Elizabeth Holmes  – Here’s the thing about prostate-specific antigen: you do not expect to find it in blood test results for most women; because most women don’t have prostates.

 

So when Theranos’ former lab director, Kingshuk Das, found that Theranos’ devices kept reporting that women had detectable PSA levels; he assumed that meant there was something wrong with the devices.

 

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes had an “alternative explanation,” he said. It was that these women had a rare kind of breast cancer.

 

That explanation “seemed implausible,” he testified today in US v. Elizabeth Holmes.

 

Das was one of a parade of experts we’ve heard from in this trial; who it seems were hired primarily to be ignored.

 

The central question of the trial, as framed by Holmes’ defense, was whether Holmes knew she was misleading people; or whether she was simply a naif who somehow accidentally showed investors documents with Pfizer and Schering-Plough logos on them, despite being written by Theranos staff.

 

The question of state of mind is crucial: did she have the intent to deceive?

 

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By the time Das had been brought aboard as lab director, several other lab directors had become uncomfortable with Theranos and quit, most notably Adam Rosendorff; who was a major source for John Carreyrou’s 2015 exposé about the company after being sidelined by Holmes.

 

In fact, testifying before Das this morning was Lynette Sawyer; a temporary co-lab director who never went to the physical lab and whose job seems to have been signing documents in Docusign.

 

Her co-lab director, who was also a dermatologist for Holmes’ co-defendant Sunny Balwani, had testified he didn’t know she was signing documents at the time. (Balwani is being tried separately.)

 

Sawyer did not want to stay on after her six-month contract ended because she was “uncomfortable” with Thearnos’ lab procedures, she said.

 

During testimony this morning; Sawyer also told the court that she did not know what a Nanotainer was. (A Nanotainer was Theranos’ proprietary technology for storing fingerstick samples.)

 

She also did not know that Theranos had modified third-party devices to run fingerstick samples. And Theranos apparently botched her paperwork; after she left; she had to send over a certificate necessary to show she could serve as a lab director, which Theranos would have to produce for an audit.

 

Both lab directors’ testimony suggested a clownshoes operation, but Sawyer didn’t have direct contact with Holmes.

 

Das sure did, though.

 

One strategy the defense has employed throughout the trial is to suggest that Holmes leaned heavily on Balwani; her co-defendant, and any possible fraud must have originated with him, not her. But Balwani left Theranos shortly after Das joined.

 

He dealt only with Holmes.

 

After Das joined the company, he received a stern letter from the lab’s regulator, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services; saying the lab was deficient and enclosing a 121-page report on all the problems.

 

Dealing with the lab’s deficiencies was “nearly the sole responsibility I had,” Das testified.

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He reported to Holmes.

 

Consulted with her frequently while trying to fix the lab.

 

He even flew to Washington, DC with her to meet with CMS regulators.

Throughout his testimony, Das painted a portrait of a woman who willfully refused to believe there was anything wrong with the Theranos devices themselves.

 

Besides the weird thing about rare breast cancers; Holmes also didn’t agree with Das’ assessment that “these instruments were not performing from the very beginning.”

 

Das came to this conclusion after extensively reviewing Edison data.

 

But Holmes tried to blame quality-control problems, not the machines themselves.

 

To respond to CMS, Das voided years’ worth of patient results on the Theranos devices, sending results to patients and doctors that said the test result essentially wasn’t real. “I found these instruments to be unsuitable for clinical use,” he said.

 

After going through a great deal of documentation from CMS about the various Edison failures — which underscored earlier testimony from Rosendorff about Edison’s problems — the prosecution turned the witness over to the defense.

 

Now, a great many people were hired to fix the Theranos lab conditions, Das testified when he was cross-examined.

 

Those people were serious and diligent, and they worked hard, and he was the “quarterback,” in the terminology of Holmes’ lawyer Lance Wade, of that team. But if Holmes could not accept multiple lab directors telling her the Theranos machines didn’t work; I’m not sure it mattered how many experts were brought in to try to fix the lab.

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BREAKING: Suspected Kidnap Kingpin, Evan’s Co-defendant Chiemeka Arinze, Dies In Custody

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Chiemeka Arinze, a co-defendant with alleged billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, has died in custody.

Evans, Arinze, Joseph Emeka, and Udeme Upong are standing trial for the attempted abduction of Chief Vincent Obianodo, the Chairman of the Young Shall Grow Motors, before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court.

The suspects are facing seven counts of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, attempt to kidnap, among others.

It was learnt that Arinze, said to have been ill, died last Friday, November 26, 2021.

He died at a General Hospital where he was taken to for treatment, Vanguard reports.

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BREAKING: Suspected Kidnap Kingpin, Evan’s Co-defendant Chiemeka Arinze, Dies In Custody

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Chiemeka Arinze, a co-defendant with alleged billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, has died in custody.

Evans, Arinze, Joseph Emeka, and Udeme Upong are standing trial for the attempted abduction of Chief Vincent Obianodo, the Chairman of the Young Shall Grow Motors, before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court.

The suspects are facing seven counts of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, attempt to kidnap, among others.

It was learnt that Arinze, said to have been ill, died last Friday, November 26, 2021.

He died at a General Hospital where he was taken to for treatment, Vanguard reports.

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FIBA World Cup Qualifiers: D’Tigers celebrate progress despite ‘lack of support’

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Despite the uncertainties that greeted Nigeria’s participation at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 African Qualifiers in Angola, D’Tigers are through to the next phase of the qualifiers.

Led by captain fantastic Ike Diogu, D’Tigers made it back-to-back wins on Sunday night at the Pavilhão Multiusos Acácias Rubras in Angola, as they out-dunked Uganda 95-69.

The massive victory over Uganda came on the heels of the two-point win over Mali 24 hours earlier.

D’Tigers, on their official Twitter handle, wrote: “Thank you to the team and staff that showed up this weekend.

“Despite the lack of support & organisation, the team showed up.

“S/o to our captains for bringing this crew together to keep Nigeria Basketball going.”

After starting out on a losing note against Cape Verde and managing just a slim win over Mali, D’Tigers needed a convincing win over Uganda to keep their World Cup hopes alive and they delivered on that.

D’Tigers were businesslike in their approach to the game against Uganda; taking the first quarter 25-18.

The team continued from where they stopped in the second quarter as they recorded a 28-19 lead; thus amassing a 16 point lead (53-37) at halftime.

D’Tigers did not take their foot off the pedal in the third, winning 14-8.

Any hope for an unlikely Uganda fightback in the fourth quarter was extinguished as the former African champions took the game 28-24 to wrap off a thrilling encounter with a 95-69 win

Leading by example, Diogu capped what has been an impressive tournament with 27 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block with a +34 efficiency rating.

Omotayo Ogundiran, who scored 19 points in the win over Mali on Saturday, contributed 11 points against the Ugandans.

He added four assists and two steals while Keith Omoerah also scored 11 points. He also put up three assists and five rebounds and one steal.

Assistant captain Ben Uzoh scored 10 points, eight assists, three rebounds, one steal and seven turnovers in the game.

Sixteen nations are vying for the continent’s five spots in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.

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