NEWARK (CBS SF) — There may be new trouble for a Bay Area blood testing startup. The California Department of Health and Human Services inspected a Theranos lab in Newark and found deficiencies.
A study of Theranos’ hematology program found problems with the lab director, technical supervisors and scientists performing high level tests.
The report also says the conditions at Theranos, “has already caused, is causing or is likely to cause at any time serious injury, harm or death to individuals served by the laboratory.”
Dr. John Ioannidis, a medical professor at Stanford University, said in an earlier interview with KPIX5, that the promises made by Theranos founder and chief executive officer Elizabeth Holmes, were smoke and mirrors.
“It’s mostly advertisement at the moment and PR and very, very little evidence. Very, very little science,” Ioannidis said.
In an email to KPIX5, a Theranos representative said this about the inspection and subsequent report: “This survey of our Newark, CA lab began months ago and does not reflect the current state of the lab.”
Theranos has 10 days to respond and correct problems in their lab.