GSK Researchers Accused of Scheming to Sell Trade Secrets to China

Jan. 21, 2016

Five indivduals in the U.S. have been charged iwith scheming to steal trade secrets from GlaxoSmithKline with the intention of selling them in China.

The alleged conspirators -- two of which are former GSK researchers -- established two corporations in China and one in Delaware under the name Renopharma, to sell the stolen information. The stolen information contained details of products and drugs in development including schematic representations and biological summaries, as well as a business plan for a quality control unit.

Individuals charged include: Yu Xue, a former senior-level manager and biotechnology expert at GSK; Tian Xue, Yu Xue's twin sister; Lucy Xi, a GSK scientist who left the company in November; Yan Mei, married to Lucy Xi; and Tao Li.

Read the Indictment