severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-1)

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Dec 19, 2021, 2:36:42 PM12/19/21
Early life
Elizabeth Holmes was born February 3, 1984, in Washington, D.C.[10] Her father, Christian Rasmus Holmes IV, was a vice president at Enron, an energy company that later went bankrupt after an accounting fraud scandal. Later he held executive positions in government agencies such as USAID, the EPA, and USTDA.[11][12] Her mother, Noel Anne (née Daoust), worked as a Congressional committee staffer.[13][10]

Holmes attended St. John's School in Houston.[14] During high school, she was interested in computer programming and says she started her first business selling C++ compilers to Chinese universities.[15] Her parents had arranged Mandarin Chinese home tutoring, and partway through high school, Holmes began attending Stanford University's summer Mandarin program.[16][10] In 2002, Holmes attended Stanford, where she studied chemical engineering and worked as a student researcher and laboratory assistant in the School of Engineering.[13]

After the end of her freshman year, Holmes worked in a laboratory at the Genome Institute of Singapore and tested for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-1) through the collection of blood samples with syringes.[15][17] She filed her first patent application on a wearable drug-delivery patch in 2003.[18][19] In March 2004, she dropped out of Stanford's School of Engineering and used her tuition money as seed funding for a consumer healthcare technology company.[13][20]

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