by John Bennett MD

 Chief Editor:

If one views a Board meeting of a powerful Lab Company from Palo Altos, Theranos, one would think that the United States is having an emergency cabinet meeting to invade a foreign country.  To wit, let’s take a role call:

Henry A. Kissinger

Henry Kissinger is a noted American politician whose achievements include: a medal for voluteering for hazardous intelligence duty during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II; helping to end the Vietnam War with peace talks;  initiating relations with China, and  many, many other political achievments

George P. Shultz

Has had a distinguished career in government, in academia, and in the world of business

Gary Roughead

Gary Roughead is a retired United States Navy admiral who served as the 29th Chief of Naval Operations.

William J. Perry

William Perry is an entrepreneur, mathematician, and engineer who was the United States Secretary of Defense under
President Bill Clinton.

Samuel Nunn

served as a United States Senator from Georgia for twenty-four years and as Chairman of the Senate Armed
Services Committee and the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

James N. Mattis

James N. Mattis is a retired United States Marine Corps general who last served as the 11th commander of United States
Central Command.

Elizabeth Holmes

29 Year old Stanford Engineering School drop-out, and founder, and main force behind company

Now, you think I am using exaggeration or embellishing the background of this story, for good copy?  See the actual listing of the Board members on the website of Theranos, if you don’t believe me, momma!

This formidable Lab Company is set to take over the Lab Industry of America.  And it has been silently, and precisely planned like the American invasion of Panama.  Except General Noriega is not going to be caught in a church wearing womens’ clothes, the behemoth lab companies Quest and Lab Corp will be donning that garb.

To show the forethought of this campaign to forever change the industry of Laboratory Medicine in America, and perhaps the world, one only needs to note that the takeover has already started, with nary a ripple in the press.

The company already has agreements in place with Walgreens, the largest retail pharmacy chain in America, with stores on every corner in the country.

Once the company has completed the silent, peaceful takeover of Walgreens, they have a rock-solid plan to execute their campaign.  They have the technology to do extensive lab testing with microscopic samples of blood for very inexpensive rates.  And the results are given to the PATIENT,  accessible to patients in a few hours, on their iPhone.  And that fact itself is a huge change in the practice of Lab Medicine, as we know it.


Read the website of Theranos to see the details of their technology, and the super-low prices of their labwork.   See the interview of the CEO, Elizabeth Holmes by Eric Topol MD, the Dean of Digital Medicine.

And see a recent article in Wired Magazine further describing the seismic changes in store for America Lab Medicine.


It is heard in some hallways, that Elizabeth Holmes is the next Steve Jobs.  Time will tell

But it appears to me that, like Jobs, she believed, as he did, that….

“the people that are crazy enough to think they can change the world, ARE the ones that can…..”


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