A biochemist has admitted in court that she stole information from GlaxoSmithKline’s Upper Merion research plant, intending to launch a rival company in China with the backing of the Chinese government.
Yu Xue, 48, of Wayne, told a federal judge in Philadelphia that she appropriated research on cancer and other therapies, many of which she developed while working in Upper Merion between 2006 and 2016., wriites Jeremy Roebuck at philly.com.
The case is the latest in a string of recent prosecutions of Chinese American scientists accused of smuggling trade secrets stolen from U.S. companies to bolster China’s competitive edge in science and technology.
Both the Trump and Obama administrations have accused Chinese spy agencies of encouraging their nation’s businesses to steal trade secrets from American corporations, and have made stanching that flow a priority.
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