Elizabeth Holmes scandal – level 2

02-03-2022 15:00

In 2003, Elizabeth Holmes founded the company Theranos which became popular for its special health technology. Some people said that Holmes was the new Steve Jobs because the technology was very different.

The company said that it made blood tests that needed only very small amounts of blood to detect many diseases. Investors spent more than 700 million dollars to support Theranos, but in 2015, some scientists and journalists started to doubt the technology. Some patients even got wrong results for their blood tests. Investors, business partners, and patients sued Theranos, and in 2018, a trial started.

A court charged Holmes with fraud. She lied to investors because she wanted to get their money. Holmes may spend many years in prison.

Difficult words: investor (a person or organization who puts money into something), detect (to discover or learn), fraud (a crime when someone lies to get money).

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