New World Hub for Medical Research
Byline: Ross Lydall Health Editor
Ross Lydall A [pounds sterling]650 MILLION medical research centre will attract the "brightest and best" to London in the search for new cures, it was predicted today.
The Francis Crick Institute, in King's Cross, will launch a global search for young talent as it prepares to open its doors in 2015 and conduct pioneering work on cancer, the immune system and infectious diseases.
The building, covering a million square feet and described as the most scientifically advanced ever built, is the world's biggest research centre under one roof. It was being "topped out" today to mark the completion of its highest point, two years after construction began.
Nobel prize-winning scientist Sir Paul Nurse, director of the institute, said it was unique to form a partnership between the UK's three largest funders of biomedical research and three "rival" London universities. The project unites Cancer Research UK's London Research Institute and the Medical Research Council's National Institute of Medical Research on the same site, with backing from the Wellcome Trust. The other founders are University College London, Imperial College London and King's College London.
The institute will have 1,500 staff, including 1,250 scientists, and an annual budget of about [pounds sterling]120 million. …