Theranos says it will formally dissolve, in an email to shareholders, and says it will seek to pay unsecured creditors its remaining cash in coming months (John Carreyrou/Wall Street Journal)

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Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of Theranos, in New York in 2015. According to a new email to shareholders, the company plans to dissolve.


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Theranos Inc., the blood-testing company accused of perpetrating Silicon Valley’s biggest fraud, will soon cease to exist.

In the wake of a high-profile scandal, the company will formally dissolve, according to a shareholder email. Theranos will seek to pay unsecured creditors its remaining cash in coming months, the letter said.

The move comes after federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and the blood-testing company’s former No. 2 executive, alleging that they defrauded investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars and defrauded doctors and patients.

The executives have denied the charges and face a coming criminal trial.

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Write to John Carreyrou at [email protected]


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