Christopher Gregory, a scientist at Voyager Pharmaceuticals, has been promoted to vice president of research at the company.

Gregory, who worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before joining Voyager, established Voyager’s Invention Center.

“His leadership thus far has resulted in a number of new patent filings in areas such as prostate and brain cancer research,” said Patrick Smith, chief executive officer of Voyager. “The work he oversees at the (invention center) will help broaden and strengthen our pipeline opportunities in the future.”

Gregory was an assistant professor in pathology and a research assistant professor in reproductive biology and pediatrics at UNC. He earned a doctoral degree in anatomy at Ohio State University and an undergraduate degree from Concord College.

Voyager is focused on targeting diseases of the aging.