© 2022 Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Public Media from Michigan State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Lansing Chemist Convicted For Stealing Trade Secrets

Public Domain

A Lansing chemist has been found guilty of conspiracy to steal trade secrets, economic espionage, and wire fraud.

59-year-old Dr. Xiaorong You was convicted by a federal jury in Greenville, Tennessee after a 12-day trial. The U.S. Department of Justice says You had stolen valuable trade secrets related to bisphenol-A-free (BPA-free) coatings for the inside of beverage cans. Beverage companies are looking for BPA-free alternatives to avoid potential health risks.

You worked for both Coca-Cola and Eastman Chemical Company at the time.

Those secrets belonged to several companies, including Michigan-based Dow Chemical, and cost $120-million dollars to develop.

Court documents indicate that You planned to use the secrets to set up a new company in China. The Chinese government gave You and a partner millions of dollars to support the effort.

Sentencing is scheduled for November 1st.

News from WKAR will never be behind a paywall. Ever. We need your help to keep our coverage free for everyone. Please consider supporting the news you rely on with a donation today. You can support our journalism for as little as $5. Every contribution, no matter the size, propels our vital coverage. Thank you.