Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams resigns, company changes name

You won’t have Star Scientific or its CEO, Jonnie Williams, to kick around anymore. Williams has resigned as CEO, and the company is changing its name to Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals.

newspaperBut the legal issues continue for both the company and Williams, who is at the center of an investigation that all but brought down Gov. Bob McDonnell, whose family received more than $130,000 in loans and personal gifts from Williams.

Investigators continue to look into whether Williams and Star Scientific received anything in return for the loans and gifts. McDonnell’s lawyers reportedly staved off charges being lodged against the governor while he was still in office with a request that any criminal prosecution not interfere with the transfer of power from the Republican to Democrat Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe, but it’s still seen as likely that there will be charges forthcoming sometime next month.

According to its company website, Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, as Star Scientific, has focused its research and development efforts on the utility of anatabine, an alkaloid found in tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, potatoes and tobacco, in decreasing an individual’s desire to smoke cigarettes or use other traditional tobacco products.

         
 

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Feedback from buyers: “Got the Book in the Mail Saturday, and could not put it down! Great read and great photography as well! Love all of the books I’ve received, but hands down, this is my favorite!” – Russell

Buy here.


augusta free press news
augusta free press news
augusta free press news


Comments