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Erika Cheung

Erika CheungErika Cheung
Theranos Whistleblower  |  Co-Founder, Ethics in Entrepreneurship and Spiral Bio

Erika was born in Los Angeles, CA. She spent most of her education homeschooled, but started community college at age 14 and then went on to obtain a dual degree in Linguistics and Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley.

She was one of the key whistleblowers that reported Theranos to health regulators. Her report subsequently led to the shut down of Theranos' clinical lab which prevented the company from providing false medical results to thousands of patients. This account is covered in the book Bad Blood by John Carreryrou, 60 Minutes, ABC Podcast: The Drop Out, and Alex Gibney's documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley.

Currently, Erika is the Program Director of Betatron, a technology accelerator based in Hong Kong.  She is a key entrepreneurial ecosystem builder in Asia. At the moment, the program supports technology entrepreneurs to scale and grow their businesses all throughout South East Asia and China. She independently consults on healthcare and biotechnology projects.

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