This week in the criminal trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, jurors heard from a second former lab director of the blood-testing startup, former executives of the two major retailers that inked deals with the failed company, as well as the beginning of testimony from a former employee who was involved in its critical Walgreens partnership and device demonstrations.
A dermatologist took the stand
Dhawan, a dermatologist, had a different, lesser level of involvement. He testified Thursday that Theranos COO Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani — who had been a patient of his for roughly 15 years — asked him if he’d like to take on a role at Theranos as “a lab director, or a medical director” around the time Rosendorff was departing. Per an email exchange, Balwani told Dhawan “the time commitment is very minimal,” and noted that it would “be mostly an on call consulting role.” (Balwani is facing the same charges as Holmes. He has also pleaded not guilty and his trial is slated to begin early next year.)