Theranos Whistleblower to Speak at Albers

Posted: November 10, 2023

By: Center for Business Ethics

Ericka Cheung_Theranos_Albers School of Business and EconomicsErika Cheung, a key whistleblower in the Theranos case that gripped the world, will be speaking at the Albers School of Business and Economics on April 4, 2024. Her visit is being organized by the Center for Business Ethics.

Cheung is executive director of Ethics in Entrepreneurship, a non-profit organization with the mission to embed ethical questioning, culture and systems in start-up ecosystems worldwide. She began her career as a medical researcher in the biotechnology industry and is most famously known for her role in reporting the medical diagnostic company Theranos to health regulators.

“We are delighted to have Erika Cheung join the Albers School and the Center for Business Ethics to discuss her experience at the now infamous Silicon Valley firm Theranos, its demise, and the lessons we can draw in leading ethical organizations," said Jeffery Smith, CBE head and the Frank Shrontz Chair in Professional Ethics.

"Her experience will bring to life many things that we, as business educators, strive to instill in our students and the Seattle business community.”

Cheung went on to help launch a technology accelerator in Hong Kong supporting early-stage technology investments across the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. She continues to advise and support the development of biotechnology and healthcare initiatives across APAC in addition to her work at Ethics in Entrepreneurship.

About Seattle University's Center for Business Ethics

Established in 2011, the Center for Business Ethics partners with business leaders, scholars, faculty, students and alumni to critically examine ethical issues in business and the role business can play in advancing the common good.

The center is the administrative home for the Northwest Ethics Network (NWEN), an independent group of ethics and compliance professionals representing more than 30 Pacific Northwest organizations. NWEN meets in a confidential setting to network, facilitate member-led discussions of best practices and examine current issues facing ethics and compliance professionals.