He's also been threatened with multiple stints in jail, although he has never actually served time for his crimes. So, hey, there's one thing he has in common with his American politician counterparts.
The Scientist Who Defrauded Her Company To Save Her Daughter's Life
Esra Ogru is the closest thing the pharmaceutical world has to a Lex Luthor. An academic wunderkind who rocketed to the position of vice president of research and development at biotech company Phosphagenics, Ogru soon realized that the only thing she liked more than science was money. So she conspired with two doctoral chums to bill phony invoices for fake research services conducted by shell companies, and together the trio raked in $6 million. Jesus, our accountants get suspicious when we bill a business lunch that has an extra side of fries.
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This could easily be one of the 1,000 most criminal things ever done by Big Pharma.
The trio's actions were entirely self-serving until 2008, when Ogru gave birth to a daughter with an extremely rare case of molybdenum cofactor deficiency. "Deficiency" is pretty much always a bad word to come out of your doctor's mouth (it's rare to have an ice cream deficiency), but this disorder was particularly gnarly: It had killed every newborn it encountered within months.
But you've all heard the old saying about necessity and your mother: Ogru wasn't about to let an unstoppable biological juggernaut take her baby away. Ogru had samples of a treatment that was being tested on animals shipped to her, and one dubious experiment later her daughter showed dramatic signs of improvement.
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Making it the first supervillain medical experiment to not end horribly.
Ogru then set up a new dummy company, whose fake invoices paid for real medicine, and siphoned off funds to pay for clinical trials that saved 12 other infants. Ogru managed to work her way up to COO and then joint-CEO of Phosphagenics before she was caught, went to court, pled guilty, and was sentenced to six years in prison. Luckily, the clinical trials she established remained ongoing and were actually fast-tracked.
It's not like she was quite as selfless as these other folks, but it's hard to call a person that saves a dozen babies a villain. So there's probably a moral to this story, but we honestly have no idea what it is aside from the fact that pharmaceutical companies might be more fucked up than the Umbrella Corporation.
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