美國司法部於2020年7月30日公佈,前居住在俄亥俄州的女子陳莉和她的丈夫周宇,被控共謀從全國兒童醫院竊取至少5項與外排體研究相關的商業機密和實施電訊欺詐。今天在美國地方法院通過視頻會議認罪,陳某同意沒收約140萬美元、50萬股Avalon GloboCare公司的普通股和400股GenExosome公司的普通股。


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, July 30, 2020

2020年7月30日 立即發佈

Researcher Pleaded Guilty to Conspiring to Steal Scientific Trade Secrets from Ohio Children’s Hospital to Sell in China


Crime is Another Example of Economic Malfeasance Related to the Peoples Republic of China Accommodating Theft of Commercial Products They Cannot Field Organically


Former Ohio woman Li Chen, 46, pleaded guilty today via video conference in U.S. District Court today to conspiring to steal scientific trade secrets and conspiring to commit wire fraud concerning the research, identification and treatment of a range of pediatric medical conditions.

46歲的前居住在俄亥俄州的女子陳莉(音譯,Li Chen)今天在美國地方法院通過視頻會議認罪,她承認密謀竊取醫學商業機密,並密謀對一系列兒科疾病的研究、鑒定和治療實施電訊欺詐。

“Once again we see the People’s Republic of China (PRC) facilitating the theft of our nation’s ingenuity and hard work as part of their quest to rob, replicate and replace any product they don’t have the ability to develop themselves,” said John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security. “Far from being an isolated incident, we see the PRC implicated in around 60 percent of all trade secret theft cases. This continued economic belligerence runs contrary to the values and norms that facilitate the success of our industries and countering it remains among our highest priorities.”


“Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Research Institute took reasonable measures to protect its cutting-edge intellectual property and trade secrets regarding exosomes, and I commend the cooperation of Nationwide Children’s throughout this investigation,” U.S. Attorney David M. DeVillers said. “Chen betrayed her employer of 10 years by stealing trade secrets from this American institution and transferring them to China after receiving payments from the Chinese government.”

美國檢察官戴維·M·德維爾勒斯表示:「全國兒童醫院(Nationwide Children’s Hospital)的研究所採取了合理的措施來保護其有關外植體的尖端知識產權和商業秘密,我對全國兒童醫院在整個調查過程中的合作表示贊賞」,「陳莉背叛了她10年的雇主,竊取了這家美國機構的商業秘密,並在收受中國政府的報酬後將其轉移到中國」。

“Li Chen was a trusted researcher at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, conducting cutting-edge U.S. government-funded research,” stated FBI Cincinnati Special Agent in Charge Chris Hoffman. “With her guilty plea, she admits that she abused this trust to establish a company in China for her own financial gain. The FBI is committed to working closely with partners such as Nationwide Children’s Hospital to protect the innovations that make America a world leader in science and technology.”


Chen admitted to stealing scientific trade secrets related to exosomes and exosome isolation from Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Research Institute for her own personal financial gain.


Chen and her husband, alleged co-conspirator Yu Zhou, 49, worked in separate medical research labs at the Research Institute for 10 years each (Zhou from 2007 until 2017 and Chen from 2008 until 2018). They are charged with conspiring to steal at least five trade secrets related to exosome research from Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

陳莉和她的丈夫,被指控的同謀,49歲的周宇(音譯,Yu Zhou)分別在各自研究所的醫學研究實驗室工作了10年(周宇從2007年到2017年,陳莉從2008年到2018年)。他們被控共謀從全國兒童醫院竊取至少5項與外排體研究相關的商業機密。

Exosomes play a key role in the research, identification and treatment of a range of medical conditions, including necrotizing enterocolitis (a condition found in premature babies), liver fibrosis and liver cancer.


According to her plea agreement, Chen conspired to steal and then monetize one of the trade secrets by creating and selling exosome “isolation kits.” Chen admitted to starting a company in China to sell the kits. Chen received benefits from the Chinese government, including the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs and the National Natural Science Foundation of China. Chen also applied to multiple Chinese government talent plans, a method used by China to transfer foreign research and technology to the Chinese government.


As part of her plea, Chen has agreed to forfeit approximately $1.4 million, 500,000 shares of common stock of Avalon GloboCare Corp. and 400 shares of common stock of GenExosome Technologies Inc.

作為認罪的一部分,陳某同意沒收約140萬美元、50萬股Avalon GloboCare公司的普通股和400股GenExosome公司的普通股。

Chen and Zhou were arrested in California in July 2019 and their case was unsealed in August 2019 when they appeared in federal court in Columbus.


John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security;David M. DeVillers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; and Chris Hoffman, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division, announced the plea entered into today before U.S. District Judge Sarah D. Morrison. Assistant U.S. Attorneys S. Courter Shimeall, Peter K. Glenn-Applegate, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Michael Marous and National Security Division Trial Attorney Matthew J. McKenzie, are representing the United States in this case.





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