NNCI Societal and Ethical Implications Webinar | Ethically Responsible Conduct of Scientists and Engineers at Theranos

Abstract: The Theranos episode has been discussed in detail by journalists, government officials, judges and juries for the past several years. While the primary focus of these explorations has been on various alleged legal transgressions of top management, a 2022 article on the Theranos case brought to light stories of a number of scientists and engineers whose conduct was admirable and animated by serving the public interest. In this webinar, ethicist Robert McGinnn will discuss the deeds of some of these responsible technical professionals and, more generally, the ethical challenges of working for a technical startup firm.

Bio: Robert McGinn, Professor Emeritus, STS Program and Department of Management Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Stanford University | University Adjunct Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, and Lead Ethics Investigator, Center for Cellular Construction, School of Medicine, University of California San Francisco.

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