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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.


The materials included research protocols, compound data, strategic plans related to translational and biomarker data, abstract publications, plans for Congressional presentations, drug monitoring, and disease and compound publication, and therapeutic area program reviews, according to the filing.

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