Even more bad news for pharma-bro Martin Shkreli.
Yesterday, the unapologetic price-gouger was arrested by the FBI and charged with securities fraud. Today, his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, announced he has officially “resigned” as CEO.
Fired a week before Christmas. That’s gotta hurt.
Of course, this isn’t the first time the 32-year-old douche bag has been ousted from his own company.
In 2014, Shkreli was fired from Retrophin, a drug company he started in 2011, after being accused of stealing money to pay off clients from a hedge fund he also ran. That’s part of why he was arrested yesterday. After he left Retrophin, the company filed a lawsuit against him accusing him of stealing money “to enrich himself and to pay off claims of MSMB investors (who he had defrauded).”
In regards to Turing, the company released a statement today saying Shkreli is being replaced by interim CEO Ron Tilles, who has served as chairman of Turing’s board of directors since late last year. Tilles will also continue serving as board chairman.
As for Shkreli, he’s remained uncharacteristically tight-lipped about the whole matter, though he tweeted the following message to his alleged “supporters” yesterday evening after being released from jail:
Glad to be home. Thanks for the support.
— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) December 18, 2015