Guardant Health fires back at Il­lu­mi­na suit, claim­ing re­tal­i­a­tion over its role in FTC an­titrust in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Two months ago, Il­lu­mi­na sued Guardant Health’s two co-founders (and ex-Il­lu­mi­na em­ploy­ees), Helmy El­toukhy and Ami­rali Ta­lasaz, al­leg­ing the pair stole trade se­crets, and used Il­lu­mi­na ser­vices and equip­ment to set up the com­pa­ny. At the time, Guardant hit back — claim­ing it was re­tal­i­a­tion.

“Il­lu­mi­na filed a law­suit against Guardant to pro­tect its in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty rights,” an Il­lu­mi­na spokesper­son wrote at the time. “There is no mer­it to Guardant’s claim that the law­suit was filed to sup­press com­pe­ti­tion in the mar­ket.”

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