Elizabeth Holmes

Founder and CEO of Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, talked about the importance of enabling early detection of disease through new diagnostic tools and empowering individuals to make educated decisions about their healthcare.

"I don’t want to make an incremental change in some technology in my life. I want to create a whole new technology, and one that is aimed at helping humanity at all levels regardless of geography or ethnicity or age or gender." - Elizabeth Holmes


Elizabeth Holmes is Founder and CEO of Theranos, a company transforming lab diagnostics. With their new technology, soon available at every Walgreens, a single drop of blood (or any other fluid) can be used for multiple tests at a fraction of current costs. Elizabeth started Theranos a decade ago (at age 19) after dropping out of Stanford, where she had studied microfluidics and nanotechnology. Elizabeth envisions empowered patients who can take control of their health through real-time diagnosis and monitoring, with testing that has open and transparent pricing schemes. Among her board of advisors are a former senator, general, and secretary of state. Prior to Theranos, while still in high school, Elizabeth started a business to distribute C++ software to Asian universities.


Q&A with Elizabeth on the TEDMED Blog

This Women Invented a Way to Run 30 Lab Tests on Only One Drop of Blood
Roper, C. Wired. 2014 February 2.

She’s America’s youngest female billionaire - and a dropout
Crane, R. CNN Money. 2014 October 16.

Meet The World’s Youngest Female Billionaire, A College Dropout and Medical Genius
Haltiwanger, J. Elite Daily: The Voice of Generation-Y. 2014 October 7.