Francis Crick Institute
|Registration No.||England and Wales: 1140062|
|Origins||Founded in 2010|
The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical research centre currently under construction in London, United Kingdom and planned to open in 2015. The Francis Crick Institute is a partnership between Cancer Research UK, Imperial College London, King's College London, the Medical Research Council, University College London (UCL) and the Wellcome Trust. It will be the biggest centre for biomedical research and innovation in Europe.
The Francis Crick Institute, (formerly the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation) will be located in a new state-of-the-art 79,000 square metre building to be built next to St Pancras International railway station in the Camden area of Central London. Construction began in July 2011, with researchers expected to be able to start work in 2015. Construction and fit-out of the building is budgeted at approximately £660 million.
Once up and running, the Francis Crick Institute is planned to have 1,500 staff, including 1,250 scientists, and an annual budget of over £100 million. It is named after British molecular biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, who shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine with James Watson and Maurice Wilkins.
In February 2005, it was announced that the Medical Research Council's National Institute for Medical Research would relocate to UCL. The creation of the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI) was announced by the then British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, on 5 December 2007.
On 20 October 2010, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne confirmed that the British Government would be contributing £200 million towards the capital cost of the Centre. On 11 November 2010 Cancer Research UK, the Medical Research Council, UCL and the Wellcome Trust signed an agreement to establish the UKCMRI as a charitable foundation, subject to the agreement of the Charity Commission.
On 15 April 2011, it was announced that Imperial College London and King's College London would be joining the UKCMRI as partners and that both had signed a memorandum of understanding to commit £40 million each to the project. On 25 May 2011, it was announced that the UKCMRI would be renamed the Francis Crick Institute in July to coincide with ground being broken on the construction of its building, in honour of the British scientist Francis Crick. Laing O'Rourke are carrying out the construction work.
In July 2011, the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation was renamed the Francis Crick Institute,. The Francis Crick Institute is a registered charity in England and Wales no. 1140062 and a company registered in England and Wales no.06885462, with its registered office at 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE.
A dedication ceremony for the new building was held on 11 October 2011, attended by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, David Willetts MP and Sir Paul Nurse. Francis Crick's surviving daughter Gabrielle (by his second marriage) gave a short speech while his son Mike (by his first marriage) donated Crick's California licence plate "AT GC" into a time capsule buried during the ceremony.
The participants in the Francis Crick Institute, and their committed financial contributions to capital costs, are as follows:
- Medical Research Council - £300 million
- Cancer Research UK - £160 million
- Wellcome Trust - £120 million
- University College London (UCL) - £40 million
- Imperial College London - £40 million
- King's College London (KCL) - £40 million
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- The Francis Crick Institute
- Cancer Research UK
- Medical Research Council
- Imperial College London
- King's College London
- University College London
- Wellcome Trust
- Francis Crick Institute, Registered Charity no. 1140062 at the Charity Commission