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Scientists move into £650 million Crick Institute

UCL scientists have started to move into the new £650 million Francis Crick Institute building next to London’s St Pancras station.

The Crick, which will be the biggest biomedical research institute under one roof in Europe, specialises in research into the fundamental biological processes underlying human health and disease and our BRC will be the major channel for enabling future discoveries at the Crick to be translated into treatments for patients.

The institute is a collaboration between UCL, the MRC, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome, Imperial College London and King’s College London and Professor Michael Arthur, President and Provost of UCL, said:

 “The unique partnership working catalyzed by the Crick allows us, together, to make the whole more than the sum of its individually excellent parts, allowing us to tackle and overcome some of the biggest global healthcare challenges.”

Research groups will continue moving in each week this year as lab space is adapted to each group’s needs. By the start of 2017 the institute will be up and running with 1250 scientists and 250 other staff.

As well as offering state of the art facilities such as advance DNA sequencing and latest mass spectrometry equipment, the institute is designed to promote collaborative working with groups from different disciplines and different original organisations allotted neighbouring lab space.

Professor Arthur said: “Having the Crick on our doorstep gives us the opportunity to form a world-class biomedical cluster for innovation and excellence in the heart of London. Being a founding partner of the Crick strengthens the translation of our remarkable research into new therapies that benefit human health.”