Hospital Researcher Jailed for Stealing and Selling Research Data to China

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

A woman who worked in a medical research lab at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH has been jailed for stealing sensitive research data and selling the information to the People’s Republic of China.

Li Chen, 47, and her husband Yu Zhou, 50, were both employed as medical researchers and worked in separate labs at the hospital’s Research Institute for more than 10 years. The former Dublin, OH residents were arrested in California in July 2019 and were subsequently charged over the alleged theft of cutting-edge scientific research.

Zhou was working on a novel technique that allowed exosomes to be isolated from small quantities of blood. Exosomes are used in the research, identification, and treatment of several medical conditions, such as necrotizing enterocolitis. The novel exosome isolation method was a vital process in the research into necrotizing enterocolitis, as the condition affects premature babies and only small blood samples can be taken safely.

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