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Strategy for Francis Crick Institute unveiled

Sir Paul Nurse, Director of the Francis Crick Institute, unveiled the organisation’s strategy at a ceremony attended by senior government ministers and heads of the institute's founding partners, including UCL's President & Provost Professor Malcolm Grant.

The announcement coincided with the topping out ceremony for the institute, a key milestone in the construction process which sees the building reach its highest point. The facility will open in London in 2015.

The Crick will carry out discovery biomedical research to help better understand why disease develops and to find new ways to diagnose, prevent and treat a range of illnesses - such as cancer, heart disease and stroke, infections and neurodegenerative diseases. It will bring together scientists from all disciplines, carrying out research that will help improve the health and quality of people's lives, and will also keep the UK at the forefront of medical innovation.

The Crick’s strategic priorities are to:

·         pursue discovery without boundaries

·         create future science leaders

·         collaborate creatively to advance UK science and innovation

·         accelerate translation for health and wealth

·         engage and inspire the public.

The Crick is a partnership between the UK’s three largest funders of biomedical research: the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK and the Wellcome Trust, and three of its leading universities: UCL, Imperial College London and King’s College London.

To download a full copy of the strategy here. For a summary version click here.