VP Joe Biden: No blood test for me, thank you.

NEWARK | Vice President Joe Biden visited Newark Thursday to showcase a local company’s innovation in the health care field.

Biden praised biotech firm, Theranos, which employs about 150 at its Newark lab. Among the products it produces is a low-cost system for drawing blood.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Biden said, “traditional blood tests are expensive, inconvenient and painful. He pointed out that some people have a phobia of needles, and many never get the tests done that doctors have prescribed. Theranos is seeking to change that.”

But was Biden really swayed?

The San Francisco Chronicle included this scene:

At one stop on the tour, company wellness technician Tiffany Shu stood at the ready with equipment — gloves, needles and swabs — to draw Biden’s blood. He opted out, greeting the technician effusively but not sitting in the white lounger that had been set up for his use. Theranos has produced tests for hundreds of diseases and viruses, including Hepatitis C and HIV, and tests for drugs including ecstasy, cocaine and marijuana.

It is not known, however, whether the test can identify high levels of Rogaine use.