Chi­nese sci­en­tist pleads guilty in plot to steal GSK se­crets

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PHILADEL­PHIA » A Chi­nese sci­en­tist has pleaded guilty to con­spir­ing to steal bio­phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal trade se­crets from Glax­oSmithK­line in what pros­e­cu­tors said was a scheme to set up com­pa­nies in China to mar­ket them.

Tao Li pleaded guilty Fri­day in fed­eral court to a sin­gle con­spir­acy count. The change of plea comes two weeks af­ter Yu Xue, a high-rank­ing re­searcher who worked at Glax­oSmithK­line’s sub­ur­ban Philadel­phia re­search fa­cil­ity, also pleaded guilty to a con­spir­acy charge.

Pros­e­cu­tors say Xue emailed var­i­ous doc­u­ments that were con­fi­den­tial and con­tained trade se­crets to Li and oth­ers, who had set up a com­pany called Renopharma in China to sell and mar­ket the re­search.

An at­tor­ney for Li did not im­me­di­ately re­turn a mes­sage from The As­so­ci­ated Press on Fri­day.

Three oth­ers have been charged in the al­leged scheme.

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