Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a SIlicon Valley Startup, by John Carryrou

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Amelia's Bistro

187 Warren Street · Jersey City, NJ

How to find us

We will be in the private room downstairs.

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Meeting Agenda: This is a book-voting Meetup -- please arrive early if you want to vote; we have reserved the room starting at 6:15. Formal discussion of this month's book will start around 7.


(While the paperback version of this book will not be out until the end of July, there are already used copies of the hardcover available for the same price as the paperback will be.)

DB Cooper, 5.0 out of 5 stars: Impossibly too good to be true
"This is an impeccably researched and referenced account of the Theranos saga. As a long-time observer and sometime competitor of Theranos I watched this tale unfold whilst working at a couple of established IVD companies. Everyone I knew who had ever developed an assay or instrument knew this was smoke and mirrors, impossibly too good to be true. What I never suspected was just how personally dishonest EH had been, and for how long the complex deception was maintained. Whilst I've met a few egregious individuals working for big companies, there are enough checks and balances (QA/RA, Med/Sci Affairs, CLSs and other professionals etc) in place to stop harmful devices getting out the door.

The subject matter - developing devices and assays - is a complex dry topic, difficult to write engagingly about. But JC does a workmanlike job and I read this in one go after its midnight Kindle release...

Kudos to the good people at Theranos who had the courage to get the story out and for JCs persistence into a headwind of legalistic intimidation. I've heard Theranos is now a case-study for MBA students: this book should be required reading for anyone thinking about 'disrupting' the medical devices industry. There are lives at stake.