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Market Extra: Tim Draper says Theranos founder charged with fraud is an ‘icon’ who did ‘a great job’

Tim Draper, a prominent venture capitalist, offered another staunch defense of Silicon Valley hotshot Elizabeth Holmes and her health-care startup, Theranos Inc., which were charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with committing “massive fraud.”

During a CNBC interview Thursday evening, Draper—a Stanford University alum and early Theranos backer—said the company “had a great shot and I backed [Holmes] and I feel great about backing her, and I thought it was extraordinarily—it was a great mission and she did a great job.”

The blood-testing company Theranos was founded in 2003 by Stanford dropout Holmes, who pledged breakthrough technology that could deliver a low-cost way to conduct hundreds of health tests using only a drop or two of blood.

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