Rochelle Gibbons informed CBS News that she mourns the lack of her husband, Ian Gibbons, each day.
“For me, he was as near to perfection, as a human could be,” Rochelle informed CBS News’ client investigative nationwide correspondent Anna Werner.
Ian Gibbons, who was the chief scientist of Theranos, died by suicide in 2013. He was a biochemist with levels from Cambridge University.
The two had met whereas learning on the University of California, Berkeley in 1973 and married two years later.
“He was kind. He was honest. He was extremely intelligent,” Rochelle mentioned.
With greater than 60 U.S. patents to his credit score, she mentioned, Gibbons was employed in 2005 to be the chief scientist at Theranos to work on what the corporate and founder Elizabeth Holmes promised was revolutionary new blood-testing know-how. But Rochelle says early on, her husband indicated there have been issues.
“He started talking to me about all these investments, all the money that the company is bringing in. And he told me that he couldn’t imagine why people were giving the company any money because there was no invention, there was nothing there,” Rochelle recalled.
Compounding the issues, she says, was her husband’s description of Holmes as somebody who couldn’t be trusted.
“I said, ‘How do you feel about Elizabeth? Do you think she’s telling the truth?’ And he told me, ‘Well, Elizabeth lies about everything.’ That’s exactly what he said,” Rochelle recalled.
At one level, she says, after her husband raised his considerations along with his buddy and former Theranos board member and Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford, Channing Robertson, Holmes fired Gibbons. He was rehired a number of hours later—however he was demoted. By early 2013, Rochelle mentioned the stress for her husband had turn into insupportable and he was consuming extra and was depressed.
Fearing he could be fired if he informed the reality concerning the firm’s know-how in an upcoming courtroom deposition, she mentioned he took an overdose of acetaminophen and died 8 days later, at age 67.
“And I think of it every day, I mean, I think of it all the time,” Rochelle mentioned.
She believes that if her husband had not gone to work for Theranos he could be right here at this time.
After Gibbons died, she mentioned she notified Holmes, however she by no means heard again from her. Rochelle mentioned as an alternative, an workplace supervisor contacted her to ask her to return Theranos firm property.
Holmes wasof fraud and conspiracy earlier this month for deceptive buyers. Holmes was acquitted on 4 different counts. She maintains her innocence.
Rochelle had feared that Holmes wouldn’t be convicted in any respect – however believes the jury made the proper determination to convict her on 4 counts, every with a potential penalty of 20 years in jail.
She mentioned she will get “a little satisfaction” from Holmes’ conviction.
“Satisfaction in knowing she’s going to suffer because, believe me, I’ve suffered and Ian suffered,” she mentioned. “She has shown no remorse for any of the things she’s done to anyone, nothing.”
CBS News reached out to Holmes’ attorneys for a response however didn’t hear again. CBS News additionally reached out to Robertson, however he didn’t reply to a request for remark.
In 2016, Robertson informed Vanity Fair journal that he recalled Gibbons telling him what Theranos “had accomplished at that time was sufficient to commercialize.”