Elizabeth Holmes Trial: Dermatologist Describes Stint as Theranos Lab Director

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Doctor testifies on minimal role in overseeing clinical operations of blood testing startup

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Mr Balwani told him very little about Theranos, he testified, but asked if he could serve as laboratory director temporarily, in an email shown in court to ensure that the role was played by his dermatology practice. or distracted from their family life.

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Dr. Dhawan said during interrogation with prosecutors that he searched online for information about Theranos and agreed to serve in the position. He recalls that Theranos lab was visited a few times, and most of the time he didn’t speak to any lab staff, doctors, or patients when he took the role.

His contract asked him to pay $5,000 a month, but he said he never cashed any checks, and asked to be paid in stock options at one point.

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The dermatologist said he probably spent five or 10 hours working for Theranos from November 2014 to the summer of 2015. He played a largely lead role during an audit in September 2015, but then the work stopped and he was never officially told when his position as laboratory director ended.

Dr. Dhawan’s description of his duties differed greatly from testimony he heard over several days from Adam Rosendorff, the laboratory director at Theranos, from April 2013 until he took the position in November 2014 amid frustration with the company and concerns about the company. left. Accuracy of the company’s tests.

Dr. Dhawan met federal and state requirements to become a laboratory director because he is a medical doctor who has experience overseeing a laboratory in his own practice, but has no expertise in pathology or laboratory science.

At one point, Dr Dhawan testified, he was asked to come on Saturday and sign dozens of documents related to laboratory protocols. He said he was assured of seeing Dr. Rosendorff’s documents before signing them, but he was never shown Theranos’ proprietary technology or how it worked.

Dr Dhawan said he was never told that his role as laboratory director had been terminated, but his belief was that his duties were no longer needed after October 2015.

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