The Crick unveiled its strategy today, as a topping out ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of the highest construction point of the institute's new building.
Sir Paul Nurse, Director of the Crick, said: "As we mark this important milestone in the construction of the institute, I wanted to clearly set out the Crick's strategic priorities, as well as high level directions for the science that will be conducted.
"Our uncompromising commitment to excellence, our emphasis on multi-disciplinary research, our focus on young and emerging talent, our novel ways of partnership working, and our plans to export our best people to other institutions across the UK, are some of the factors that will set the Crick apart."
Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon George Osborne, who attended the ceremony said: "The Crick is a high priority for the country's economy.
"We absolutely understand our responsibility to sustain great science in this country and our obligation to invest for future generations."
The Crick's strategic priorities are to:
1. Pursue discovery without boundaries
We will support creative and ambitious research that addresses important questions of human biology.
2. Create future science leaders
The Crick's career structure will help us fulfil our national role by expanding the talent pool for biomedical science across the UK.
3. Collaborate creatively to advance UK science and innovation
We want to ensure that we work effectively with our university partners and our other collaborators across the UK, so our institute can act as a focal point for scientific interaction and networking across the UK and beyond.
4. Accelerate translation for health and wealth.
This will focus on maximising the value that can be generated from the Crick's discovery science, measured in terms of improvements in the lives of people in the UK and internationally, and in new economic opportunities.
5. Engage and inspire the public.
The Crick's size, location and profile will make us highly visible and able to play an important role in generating excitement and interest in science, particularly through our engagement and outreach activity with schools. We also have an opportunity to help promote health and wellbeing in the local area and across the country.
Francis Crick's daughter, Gabrielle Crick, said: "My father would have been very proud to see the completion of this part of the Crick institute building which is named after him. He would also have been delighted about its collaborative ethos and ambitions for shaping the future of scientific research."