The Francis Crick Institute is a unique partnership between six of the world's leading biomedical research organisations - the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King's College London.
Formerly known as the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI), the project was launched in 2007 in response to the Cooksey Report, an independent review of arrangements for funding health research in the UK.
New discoveries and technological advances have opened up countless opportunities to uncover fundamental biological mechanisms in health and disease. Research programmes need to be increasingly interdisciplinary and to apply ever more diverse techniques. The institute aims to respond to these fast-moving changes in the medical sciences by facilitating collaboration between disciplines and accelerating the translation of scientific research from the laboratory to hospitals and pharmacies.
In the summer of 2011, with a pioneering scientific vision in place and the foundations of a state-of-the-art building about to be laid, the project was given the title of the Francis Crick Institute, acknowledging the contributions of one of Britain's most notable scientists, Dr Francis Crick.