Bad Blood
John Carreyrou

by

Jack Shields

Chapter 12
Summary

During the time when Elizabeth founded Theranos, she was introduced to Ian Gibbons, who was a chemistry specialist, and who was immediately hired by her because of his vast knowledge. Soon after getting hired, he started realizing that things were not right. He caught Elizabeth lying multiples times until he reached the point when he confessed to his wife, Rachelle, that nothing that Elizabeth states is true as none of the devices actually work. He complained about all of these grievances to his old friend Channing Robertson, who forwarded the conversation to Elizabeth. Initially, Ian was fired but then he was hired again, but not as the leader of the department. Soon he found out that many of the patents which were discussed in the Fuisz case were registered on Elizabeth's name which was unfair based on Gibbson’s testimony that she make any significant contributions to inventing those products patented under her name. Tragically, because he felt humiliated and worthless, Ian eventually committed suicide by overdosing on painkillers. Even after his death, no one at Theranos bothered to give a call to the mourning family, showing the oppressiveness and cold-hearted nature of its executives.

Analysis

Ian Gibbson is presented as a typical intellectual in terms of the way he dresses and in terms of his mannerisms. Gibbson was the one that invented most of the devices that Elizabeth claims were her ideas. Behind this brilliant mind hid a depressive person, forced and pushed to the brink and cast overboard by the Theranos company’s strong-arm tactics, resulting in his decision to commit suicide. A number of factors led to this unfortunate outcome. As soon as Gibbson finds out that something is wrong he calls his confidant, Robertson. However, Robertson betrays him and tells everything to Elizabeth. This proves that Elizabeth pathologically manipulated and lied throughout her career, since most of the people who were presented in this book were on her side and betrayed all their close friends. As soon as she got what she needed, Elizabeth no longer cared about what happened to Ian. After his death, Rachel, Ian's wife calls Elizabeth to inform her about the suicide, but she doesn't even bother to accept the call or send a message back. Even in the company, everyone acted like nothing had happened, despite the severity and magnitude of the consequences associated with Theranos’ leadership.

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