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Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes' odd behavior and obsession with a Siberian husky puppy as her company fell apart has been revealed in a new report.
In September 2017, as her medical diagnostic company's technology was exposed as a sham, Holmes flew first-class across the country on Theranos' dime to visit a dog breeder, Vanity Fair reported.
Husky - Balto - Dog - Diphtheria - Antitoxin
She returned with a 9-week-old Siberian husky that she named Balto, after the famed sled dog that bought diphtheria antitoxin to Nome, Alaska in 1925.
The dog became Holmes' constant companion, and was cared for by the small army of personal assistants and security guards Holmes employed at Theranos' expense.
Work - Balto - Holmes - Side - Theranos
At work, Balto would remain at Holmes' side as she strolled through Theranos' labs, to the consternation of the company's scientists, who protested in vain that dog hair might disrupt their delicate work.
Balto's presence at the offices became even more troublesome as it became apparent that the dog had never been housebroken.
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The dog would urinate and defecate all over the Theranos offices, Vanity Fair reported, leaving staff members scurrying to clean up the mess in the boardroom before meetings.
At one point, Holmes discovered that Balto had a trace of wolf DNA. From then on, she proclaimed that the dog was a wolf, and when asked what breed he was, would simply reply 'He's a wolf.'
While - Theranos - Company - Venture - Funding
All the while, Theranos was crumbling. The company had raised some $900 million in venture funding, all on the claim that it was developing technology that...
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