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U.S. looks to extradite Chinese researcher in GSK trade secrets case: Reuters

July 08, 2019 / Amirah Al Idrus

The U.S. wants Switzerland to hand over a Chinese scientist accused of helping his sister steal trade secrets from GlaxoSmithKline, Reuters reported on Monday. Gongda Xue allegedly received those secrets from his sister, conducted tests at his workplace in Basel and sent the results to associates in China. Swiss authorities arrested Xue in May and are keeping him in custody while they mull the extradition request, Reuters reported. He is fighting extradition and considered a potential flight risk, according to a Swiss Federal Criminal Court Verdict. Xue’s sister, Yu Xue, worked at GSK’s R&D unit in Pennsylvania from 2006 to 2016, when charges were brought and the Big Pharma fired her. She pleaded guilty last August to attempting to steal confidential research and funnel it to accomplices in China. Yu Xue sent her own research and that of other GSK scientists to her personal email address, as well as to associates who founded Nanjing, China-based Renopharma, the Departme...