Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 1/17/2012 01:27:00 PM

29 Year Old Former Sanofi-Aventis Scientist Pleads Guilty to Economic Espionage

By Todd

The New Jersey Herald is reporting that a former research chemist in the New Jersey office of Sanofi-Aventis has pleaded guilty to one count of stealing trade secrets from her former employer.

Yuan Li of Somerset pleaded guilty in federal court in Trenton Tuesday.

The U.S. Attorney's office says the 29-year-old Chinese national made the secrets available for sale through the U.S. subsidiary of a Chinese chemicals company called Abby Pharmatech in which Li was a partner.

Li worked from 2006 through 2011 at Sanofi's U.S. headquarters in Bridgewater, researching potential future drugs.

She admitted to accessing, downloading and making available for sale on Abby's website internal Sanofi database information on compounds the company says were trade secrets.

Li will be sentenced on April 23rd.


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