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Ex-Theranos Manager Tells of Unrelenting Pressure From Holmes

  • Veteran worker was ‘scared’ Walgreens deal ‘would not go well’
  • Surekha Gangakhedkar says Holmes pushed her to approve tests
Elizabeth Holmes, center, exits federal court in San Jose, California, on Sept. 8.

Elizabeth Holmes, center, exits federal court in San Jose, California, on Sept. 8.

Photographer: David Odisho/Bloomberg

On her way out the door when she quit working at Theranos Inc., Surekha Gangakhedkar says she printed and took company documents “to protect myself” -- because she suspected a pending launch of the company’s blood-testing machines in Walgreens stores would end badly. 

“I was actually scared that things would not go well,” Gangakhedkar said in federal court in San Jose, California. She took the documents, she explained, in case “any issues came up.”