Christopher Becker has been promoted to the position of vice president, chemistry, for SurroMed.

Becker joined SurroMed in 2001 as director of chemistry. Prior to this, he was senior director of proteomic technology at Thermo Electron, and earlier, a staff scientist with SRI International. He conducted his postdoctoral work in chemistry and physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received his PhD in chemistry from University of California, Berkeley.

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