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Martin Shkreli, currently serving a seven-year sentence for securities fraud, has a pitch to authorities: Let me out of prison and I’ll help stop the novel coronavirus.

The disgraced biotech entrepreneur is asking for a “brief” three-month furlough from his federal penitentiary in Allenwood, Penn., to spend time researching potential treatments for Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus.


“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,” Shkreli wrote in a scientific paper posted online this week.

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  • I’m not a doctor, lawyer, judge or health professional, but if Martin really has the ability to help, wants to help and will do it for no profit, I say let’s let him help. With people dying by increasing numbers daily, we need all of the most capable people we can get as quickly as we can get them to save lives now. Let’s not just let him out, let’s carry him out, give him the work space he needs and give him a chance to help people in need. After it’s over do what you want. Based on what he’s able to do, on the positive side, my vote would be to call it public service and count it as time served. Forget about the negative side for now and let’s get to work on getting this thing under control by any and all possible means.

  • You guys should give him the opportunity too come out maybe he can come up with something that can treat this coronavirus we all want our lives too go back too normal nobody is perfect if his willing too help might as well let him

  • Martin is a smart guy and eccentric guy. He thinks big and has vast clinical knowledge. Given the urgency of Covid -19, we could you his intelligence and insight. As far as what happened at Turing/Vyera, he had plenty of advice from pharma big wigs on his board (including his big investor, Matt Emmens) who could have stopped him from taking the path he did with price, but obviously they supported it and given their experience and stature they are as responsible than Martin.

  • Let him out. Let him out! do it quick. Thousands of people have died and, are still dying from the Coronavirus. If he can get out of prison and save thousands of lives, not only will he be saving lives. That would also be a way of compensating his wrong doing. No one is perfect. That’s no time to waste.

  • Let him out , let him out, need to save lives , if he finds a cure and he saves the country , turn him free , put him on a house arrest and some parole for five years , but get real , we have to many dieing

  • The Coronavirus has been a nightmare to all. How many more deaths will there be is the question? We live in NY where there is total devastation at this time. If you have a ready, willing chemist who can seriously contribute by collaboration with others and possibly save the world from many more deaths and find a cure for this awful disease (without any monetary gain) LET IT BE.
    It is Easter and a Passover beginning today. What better time to show Love, Mercy and Wisdom for us as a Nation to move forward allowing a Chemist with his great knowledge to apply himself, our leaders granting him a @ 3 month conditional release for his research to help humanity. We are the Greatest country in the world with a Great President and excellent Leaders. Mr. President has proven himself to be a true visionary leader and a wise man. Please let there be as much research as possible to help the USA and the world during this crisis.
    Mr. Shkreli can and is willing to collaborate and he will sincerely contribute to save the world from this terrible virus and war, we should allow him the privilege to try to do so and Yes he should Get a Free Pass from his jail time during his research (with adequate supervision of course) for whatever length of time necessary. May God hear our many prayers and bless our Country and Leaders with the wisdom to find a cure for this caronavirus quickly .

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