Theranos adds a bunch of qualified medical experts and scientists to the board

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 10:51 PM

Theranos announced this morning it'd add eight medical and lab experts to its scientific and medical advisory board. The new members include: The additions arrive at a critical time for the company.

Theranos adds a bunch of qualified medical experts and scientists to the board

Theranos has taken a beautiful damning hit in a string of horrible news reports over the past year but it looks love the one drop blood analysis company is trying to turn things around.

Theranos announced this morning it'd add eight medical and lab experts to its scientific and medical advisory board. The new members include:

The additions arrive at a critical time for the company. The FDA banned Theranos from using its machines for any tests other than one for Herpes (HSV-2). And several employees filed complaints with the government about Theranos’ practices last year.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service also recently released a scathing report detailing several issues including quality control, erratic tests results on Theranos’ proprietary Edison machine and unqualified personnel running lab machines.

The troubling news severed some Theranos partnerships or at minimum keep them on pause. Grocery store chain Safeway pulled out of a $350 million deal with the company and Walgreens halted its expansion of testing centers while it looked into the matter.

Theranos admitted it's “made some mistakes” and has since submitted a map to CMS to exact the problems. It also hired a new, more qualified lab director in its Newark, California location.

The extra board members seem to be an extension of the ongoing course correction.

According to Theranos, “The board expanded after the company hosted three scientific review sessions in Palo Alto with leading laboratory and medical experts who were invited to review the company’s proprietary technologies with full exposure to its systems, devices and data.”

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