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Elizabeth Holmes trial: Retailers checked Theranos without testing devices


SAN JOSE, Calif. — In 2010, Theranos Inc. was courting two major retailers, hoping to bring its lab technology to busy drugstores across the country.

The blood testing startup conquered Safeway Inc. and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. with the promise of real-time, cheaper lab tests that would expand affordable healthcare for consumers and bring more revenue to the retail giants at retail, according to forensic testimony in the criminal trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.