Processing Magazine

Former research chemist pleads guilty to stealing trade secrets

January 18, 2012

TRENTON, N.J. — A former Sanofi-Aventis research chemist has pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets, CourierPostOnline.com reported.

Yuan Li, a 29-year-old Chinese national, admitted to accessing, downloading and making available for sale internal Sanofi database information on compounds the company says were trade secrets.

Li worked from 2006 to 2011 at Sanofi’s U.S. headquarters in Bridgewater, N.J.