22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE MKT: XXII), a leader in tobacco harm reduction, announced today that the Company and Joseph Pandolfino, the former CEO and founder of the Company, have settled all litigation and disputes between the parties. The details of this settlement have been disclosed by the Company in its filing today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) of a Current Report on Form 8-K, which is publicly available on the SEC’s EDGAR database on the SEC website of www.sec.gov.
Henry Sicignano, III, 22nd Century’s Chief Executive Officer and President stated, “As the founder of 22nd Century and as a major stockholder, Joe’s interests are closely aligned with those of other shareholders. We look forward to Joe’s helpful input going forward as a strategic consultant who will be tasked with assisting 22nd Century on special projects such as commercialization of RED SUN, MAGIC and our extraordinary modified risk tobacco products in development – BRAND A and BRAND B.”
Joseph Pandolfino said, “I am thrilled that all disagreements between me and the Company have been resolved. As a strategic consultant, I look forward to working with Henry and the team to create shareholder value. 22nd Century is a unique company with an important public health mission and I remain dedicated to its success.”
About 22nd Century Group, Inc.
22nd Century Group is a plant biotechnology company focused on technology which allows it to increase or decrease the level of nicotine in tobacco plants and the level of cannabinoids in cannabis plants through genetic engineering and plant breeding. The Company’s primary mission is to reduce the harm caused by smoking. 22nd Century currently owns or exclusively controls more than 200 issued patents and more than 50 pending patent applications around the world. The Company’s strong IP position led to a licensing agreement with British American Tobacco (“BAT”), the world’s second largest tobacco company. Visit www.xxiicentury.com for more information.
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