On Wednesday, The Queen along with The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Andrew, the Duke of York opened the Francis Crick Institute, a £650 million biomedical research institute in Europe.
Its main focus is to, according to the Imperial College London is to investigate: “the fundamental biology underlying human health and disease.” The institute is one building with everything located under one roof.
Several institutions partnered in order for the Francis Crick Institute to see this institution come to light. They include, the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL (University College London), and King’s College London. The Imperial College London is one of the Founding partners.
During the tour, the royal party saw some of the state-of-the-art research facilities. One such lab is the ‘advanced sequencing and peptide chemistry laboratories.’ They met scientists, staff, donors, and founding partners.
They also heard a short lecture on the influenza virus in the Wellcome Auditorium. They also met portrait artist, Robert Ballagh and unveiled a portrait of Francis Crick.
Next year, The institute will be fully staffed with 1,200 researchers and 250 other support staff members.
Professor Alice Gast, President of Imperial College London had this to say: “The opening of The Francis Crick Institute confirms London’s central place as a leader in medical research. It is an awe-inspiring space for brilliant science which will strengthen the fight against cancer, heart disease, infections, and neurodegeneration.
The Crick is bringing scientists together from across disciplines to tackle the pressing health concerns of the 21st century.
“Imperial’s strategy says that no university can realise the full benefits of its work by itself. We are proud to be a founding member and we look forward to building on our collective strengths to shape the future of biomedical research.”