NYU scientists accused of sharing data with Chinese competitors
Two researchers and a professor at New York University Langone Medical Center are being accused by federal prosecutors of secretly sharing U.S.-government-funded research with Chinese-government-funded competitors, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.
Associate Professor of Radiology Yudong Zhu and two researchers, Xin Lang and Ye Li, allegedly shared research funded by a $4 million grant from the National Institute of Health with a Chinese company called United Imaging Healthcare and a Chinese government-sponsored research insititute, the Shenzen Institute of Advanced Technology. NIH research is sponsored by the U.S. government.
When he was confronted by university officials earlier this month, Zhu apparently told them he joined a United Imaging research team in 2011 and a co-lead investigator for a grant from a Chinese government agency to develop MRI technology innovations. Prosecutors allege he traveled to China at least six times to assist with research.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Feingold reportedly said that after he was arrested, Zhu told federal agents that he had been paid $400,000 by United Imaging.
The trio are charged with commercial bribery conspiracy and could serve up to five years in prison. Zhu is facing additional charges for falsifying records because he allegedly neglected to disclose a related patent he had when applying for the NIH grant.
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