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A former Merck (MRK) cancer researcher was arrested and charged with stealing a raft of trade secrets just before taking a job with a competitor, according to the Department of Justice.

In a criminal complaint filed in a federal court in New Jersey, officials allege that Shafat Quadri, who was employed as a director of medical and scientific affairs for immuno-oncology, allegedly copied and removed thousands of files containing proprietary information on various projects researching treatment for different cancers.

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