We are re-reading Bad Blood, Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou (published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2018 – Buy a copy and read along).  Chapter 10 focuses on what when Hollywood makes a movie from Bad Blood will be a titanic battle between the indomitable Elizabeth and a career military officer, but what is really a struggle between right and wrong.  In the chapter, Elisabeth forms a relationship with General James Mattis, a Marine Corps General (now Secretary of Defense). Elizabeth and Sunny convince General Mattis to deploy the minilab in Afghanistan; enter Lieutenant colonel (LTC) Shoemaker.  As Mattis would put it later in the chapter, who is LTC Shoemaker?  Who he is, is the gatekeeper between Theranos and the troops.  The premise sold to Mattis is that the miniLab would be able to improve the treatment and survivability of injured soldiers. Mattis is renowned as being very loyal to his troops. As with everything Theranos there are problems, including the chronic ‘say anything and deliver very little’ (over promising). (more…)