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Chinese National Gets 10 Years in US Prison for Stealing Trade Secrets

A Chinese scientist was sentenced Wednesday to more than 10 years in a U.S. federal prison for stealing valuable rice seeds from a Kansas biopharmaceutical firm. Weiqiang Zhang, a Chinese national who is a permanent legal resident living in Manhattan, Kansas, was convicted last year of conspiracy to steal trade secrets after taking hundreds of rice seeds from his employer, Ventria Bioscience. Ventria genetically programs rice to artificially produce human proteins. The proteins...

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