A&M Prof Sued by Connecticut Company

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- A biotech company is suing former University of Connecticut professor Thomas Wood, accusing him of disclosing trade secrets.

Sequoia Sciences alleges Wood disclosed confidential information about research on a compound that prevents a slimy, protective film from forming over bacteria. The film hinders antibiotics and the body's immune system from fighting the bacteria.

Wood left U-Conn in the fall to join the faculty at the Texas A&M University system. The company alleges that he disclosed secret information about the inhibitor during conferences this summer in Atlanta and San Francisco.

Both parties have agreed to an order maintaining the existing confidentiality agreement until March Sixth. That's when the company determines whether additional patent applications should be filed.

Wood's lawyer is seeking to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that a federal court in Connecticut was the wrong place to file it.