Mark Emkjer has become president and CEO of Accelrys, formerly Pharmacopeia, the company said last week. He was also elected to the company's board of directors. Emkjer had been Accelrys' president since the end of 2002. Previously, he was president and COO of Sunquest Information Systems.

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