Researcher in the Crick Lab

Researcher in the Crick Lab
© Fiona Hanson

The Francis Crick Institute builds on the achievements of the six organisations involved in creating it.

  • Each of the Crick's founding organisations is recognised for achievements in funding or carrying out ground-breaking medical research.
  • Medical Research Council-funded scientists proved that cholesterol-lowering drugs cut the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
  • Cancer Research UK research led to the development of cancer drugs tamoxifen and herceptin.
  • The Wellcome Trust funded a £9 million collaborative study into the genetics behind common diseases such as diabetes.
  • UCL scientists pioneered the use of stem cells to prevent the rejection of donor organs.
  • King's College London has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA.