We are committed to driving therapeutic innovation in oncology, with six drug discovery sites and one focus: accelerating the discovery and development of new therapeutics.
Our drug discovery engine unites the strength of our network of world-class biology with cutting-edge technology platforms and clinical expertise.
We bring together the best minds in therapeutic discovery to embrace bold thinking, brave decision making and commercial rigour, to solve the biggest challenges in developing cancer drugs.
Our organisation has been created to change the global cancer landscape. We streamline the translation of cutting-edge innovations to accelerate the discovery and development of new therapeutics. Our drug discovery sites, embedded in some of the UK's leading academic centres, are a unified enterprise, that combine our professional drug discovery expertise with partnerships that deliver impact.
We provide unparalleled, flexible support to our research and industry partners through our capabilities, engagement with our extensive network of experts, and financially.
Our motivation is patient benefit. We are not beholden to investors, governments or shareholders. Our bold drug discovery model embraces risk to drive forward early-stage projects, with a focus on creating a pipeline of breakthrough medicines for cancer patients that will last for decades to come.
We focus on tougher, more profound, ideas. We embrace and learn from failure as a sign that we are making a unique contribution to beating cancer.
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We build on Cancer Research UK's impressive track record of innovative drug development and commercialisation. We've played an instrumental role in forming over 60 spin-out companies and bringing 11 new cancer drugs to market. With exclusive rights to over £400 million of world-class cancer research each year, we’re a powerful partner in the fight to conquer cancer. We bridge the gap between academia and pharma sectors, covering all stages of the drug discovery process, fostering a new era of truly multidisciplinary collaboration.