Surprisingly, the failed business founder Elizabeth Holmes began testifying on Friday in order to defend herself against 11 criminal charges against Thelosos, a 19-year-old Stanford school leaver.
Until then, it was uncertain for outsiders whether Holmes would speak during his trial. Even on Friday afternoon, legal experts insisted that it was impossible, given the dangerous action that could have questioned the prosecutor and possibly damaged his credibility with the judge.
Holmes, wearing a navy blue blazer and a white collar shirt, stood up, removed his mask and smiled. His team of lawyers had previously pushed for the right of vaccinated witnesses to testify without cover.
He has pleaded not guilty to defrauding investors and patients in Theanos by falsely claiming that the company has developed a technology that will conduct multiple tests with a single drop of blood.
In his signature letter, he told the judge his birthday - February 3, 1984 - and said he had spent "his first year and a half" at college in Stanford. There, he said, he met Channing Robertson, who was chairman of the department of chemical engineering and encouraged him to continue his research.
"Can you tell us what was going on in your head that created the idea that you could apply for a patent?" asked defendant attorney Kevin Downey.
Holmes said he worked at Stanford with small machines and diagnostic equipment in Singapore and "thought I could integrate and reduce some of the technologies I had seen in the lab." That led to her filing her first patent application in September 2003. Prior to her second year. It was finally released in 2007.
The defenders accompanied Holmes in the early days of Theanos as he sought advisers in the Stanford community, formed a business plan and attracted investment, and, he thought, "crucified" expectations.
After the first demonstration of Theranos equipment at the large pharmaceutical company Novartis, Holmes sent employees an email, which was shown to the court, which read, “The team. We have crucified this. You all did a great job of making this happen - this is Theanos way. "
Not everyone sees it that way. The Novartis exhibition was described as a failure, in "Bad Blood" by Wall Street Journal journalist John Carreyou. The passage described the malfunction of the machine and the counterfeit effect sent from California.
The testimony of the former CEO came to an end in just an hour. His testimony is expected to continue Monday through Tuesday. The court will then adjourn for the holidays and resume on November 29.
Holmes, 37, walked out of court holding the hand of her boyfriend, hotel heir Billy Evans. The couple had a son, born in July, just before the trial began.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
Earlier on Friday, the government postponed its fraud case against Holmes.
One of the 12 cases was dismissed immediately, as a result of the prosecutors' previous wrongdoing. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
In one of the patients whose evidence formed the basis of Count 9 against Holmes, the government assumed that the patient examination was covered by those on the list, but it was not. By the time presidency was acquired, it was too late for prosecutors to rectify it by filing a replacement case, as the border law had passed.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Although the move is unusual, it shows that his lawyers think there is a chance of success.
Holmes' defense team also said that the testimony of Theranos patient Erin Tompkins, who said she had received a negative test of her HIV status, should be discarded as prosecutors did not call her doctor to testify.