Sanofi Chemist Stole Drug Compound Data | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 90 Issue 4 | p. 14 | Concentrates
Issue Date: January 23, 2012

Sanofi Chemist Stole Drug Compound Data

Department: Business
Keywords: intellectual property, trade secret theft

A former Sanofi research chemist has pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets from the French drugmaker and making them available through a Chinese chemical company. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, Yuan Li, a researcher at Sanofi’s Bridgewater, N.J., labs, downloaded confidential information related to five developmental compounds and offered the compounds for sale through Abby Pharmatech, the U.S. arm of a Chinese firm. Li is scheduled for sentencing on April 23; the charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

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