“Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli is now asking to be released from prison so he can work on coming up with a cure to the novel coronavirus.
Writing on his pharmaceutical company’s website, Shkreli asked to be released for three months from prison so he can work on developing a cure to COVID-19.
Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison for defrauding investors out of $10 million.
He claims that a three-month furlough would allow him to help develop a cure for COVID-19.
“As a successful two-time biopharma entrepreneur, having purchased multiple companies, invented multiple new drug candidates, filed numerous INDs and clinical trial applications, I am one of the few executives experienced in ALL aspects of drug development from molecule creation and hypothesis generation, to preclinical assessments and clinical trial design/target engagement demonstration, and manufacturing/synthesis and global logistics and deployment of medicines,” the statement said.
Shkreli has had a bad history in the pharmaceutical industry after increasing the price of the life-saving anti-parasitic drug Daraprim from $13.50 a tablet to $750 a tablet overnight.
In his letter, Shkreli claims that the “industry response to COVID-19 is inadequate.”
“All biopharmaceutical companies should be responding with all resources to combat this health emergency,” he added.
Shkreli’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, told Newsweek that he planned to formally request a furlough soon.
“Mr. Shkreli has prepared a coronavirus research proposal, which, if accurate could help scientists and doctors better understand how to deal with the coronavirus that is killing so many people,” he said. “We will be requesting a three-month furlough so that he could do his research in a laboratory under strict supervision.”
The “Pharma Bro” is expected to be released from federal prison in 2023.
You can read his entire 11-page paper HERE.