LONDON--After a six-month search, SmithKline Beecham has named David U'Prichard to head the international pharmaceutical giant's research and development operations, succeeding George Poste, who is now the company's chief science and technology officer. U'Prichard came from Zeneca Group, where he had been head of international research for the pharmaceutical company since 1994. He will report to Jean-Pierre Garnier, COO and head of SmithKline's pharmaceutical division.

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