ELIZABETH Holmes was once dubbed as the next Steve Jobs after founding a blood testing start-up that has been valued at $10 十亿.
The 37-year-old former Silicon Valley star will stand trial accused of tricking investors into funding her company Theranos Inc.
Who is ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes?
Holmes is an ex-American businesswoman who was the founder and chief executive of Theranos, a now-defunct health technology company.
She was born in 1984 in Washington DC but grew up in Houston, 德克萨斯州.
During school she became interested in computer programming.
Later she attended Stanford University where she studied chemical engineering.
During this time she also worked at a laboratory at the Genome Institute of Singapore.
Here she tested for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-1) through the collection of blood samples with syringes.
What is Theranos?
Holmes had founded the blood-testing company in 2003 at the age of just 19.
She pitched its technology as a cheaper way to run dozens of blood tests with just a prick of a finger and a few droplets of blood.
Holmes said she was inspired to start the company in response to her fear of needles.
Seen as a rising star in Silicon Valley, that led to comparisons to Apple’s Steve Job and Holmes fueled that idea by dressing almost entirely in black turtleneck sweaters.
Holmes stands accused alongside former Theranos President – and her ex boyfriend – Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani.
Why is Elizabeth Holmes on trial?
Holmes faces nine charges of wire fraud and two of conspiracy to commit wire fraud that could see her jailed for up to 20 年.
She is accused of tricking investors into funding her company Theranos Inc.
When she launched the diagnostics company Theranos in 2003, promised results that were faster and cheaper than traditional laboratories, running an analytical gamut on just a few drops of blood.
But years of hype, and billions of dollars later, the miracle machines allegedly did not work.
和, say prosecutors, Holmes knew it, yet continued to lie to investors, doctors and patients so she could raise more than $700 百万.