PAGE Video Series: Elizabeth Holmes

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PAGE Ambassador – Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos

Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) and founder and CEO of Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes speaks about her Signature Initiative on empowering women in science, technology, mathematics and business as well as working on breakthroughs in global health.
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Elizabeth Holmes: I'm Elizabeth Holmes; I'm the founder and CEO of Theranos. Our work is in being able to realize a healthcare paradigm around early detection, prevention, and consumer empowerment, and in making it possible to do laboratory testing in a highly accessible way, which means tiny samples instead of big tubes of blood from your arm and incredibly low prices. Our belief is that every person, no matter where they live or how much money they have, has the basic human right to access to their own health information. And so our mission, our dream, is to make it possible not just in this country but globally for people everywhere to begin to have access to this information so that they can use it to live their best lives and to catch the onset of disease in time to do something about it. I think the opportunity to try to connect with especially women and young girls and developing economies around what, only because of this country, I've been able to do -- which is, as a young girl, start a business, drop out of school, and try to make a difference in the world is both something that I feel a great obligation to do and something that I want very much to do because I've been able to benefit from it. In the same way as I've always seen technology as a tool for being able to realize policy changes, there's the opportunity to use a vehicle like this to be able to engage with, for example, the women and girls, and show it's possible. And I've always thought about it sort of as the four-minute mile where, once one person does it, everybody else does too. And that's something that is so important, especially in these areas where we need people to know that they can stand up.
 

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