The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 27,000 investigative stories.
Most of our stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center directly at 573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Search results for "blood testing" ...
In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes's worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work. A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.
The Wall Street Journal saved patients from harm by revealing fraud at the heart of one of Silicon Valley’s hottest companies. Were it not for the Journal’s reporting in 2016, tens of thousands of patients would have been put at risk and a company built on fraudulent foundations would still be a Silicon Valley darling. Theranos, a $9 billion laboratory startup, had promised to revolutionize blood testing by drawing just a few drops of blood with a finger prick. It wasn’t close. A team of Journal reporters, in a committed and extensive investigation, exposed how its technology didn’t work, how the company tried to cover up its failures and how patients’ lives were turned upside down and their health jeopardized.
The authors tested a typical family's blood, hair, and urine for the presence of several everyday chemical contaminants known collectively as our "body's burden." The investigation revealed the presence of flame retardants, plastics, metals, PCBs, even the chemical precursors for Teflon and Gore-Tex in each family member, with concentrations in the children often far outpacing those in their parents.