Press releases

Motor neuron disease discovery offers new insights into potential treatment targets

Scientists have discovered how certain forms of motor neuron disease begin and progress, revealing potential new ways to slow down or even stop this process.
30 May 2017

Unique partnership between biomedical discovery institute and local charities creates first new community space for 15 years

The Living Centre is a unique partnership between the Francis Crick Institute and Living Centre partners, a group of Camden charities that the Crick has commissioned to run the health and wellbeing centre for local people within its new building.
15 February 2017

Tracking breast cancer cell genetics reveals longer potential treatment window

Breast cancer cells break away and spread to other parts of the body relatively late on in breast tumour development, an international team of scientists has shown.
09 December 2016

The Queen opens new Francis Crick Institute building

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by The Duke of York, have opened the £650 million Francis Crick Institute in London this morning (Wednesday 9 November).
09 November 2016

Achilles Therapeutics launched to develop immunotherapies for cancer

Achilles Therapeutics Ltd has been launched as a new private company that brings together research from the Francis Crick Institute and UCL.
05 October 2016

Crick spinout GammaDelta Therapeutics gets seed funding from Abingworth

Investment group Abingworth has provided seed funding to GammaDelta Therapeutics Ltd, a new immunotherapy company founded on research from the Francis Crick Institute and King’s College London.
16 September 2016

New insight into the progression of tuberculosis infection

Study suggests it may be possible to predict which people infected with TB will go on and develop the disease.
05 September 2016

Media pack: Science begins in the new Francis Crick Institute building

The first scientists have moved into the new £650 million Francis Crick Institute building in London and are starting work in their purpose-built labs.
01 September 2016

Pollutants cause breathing problems by disrupting cell development

Chemicals found in car exhaust fumes and cigarette smoke disrupt genetic factors that make cilia – the brush-like structures on cells that sweep mucus, dirt and bacteria out of the lung.
24 August 2016

Building work finishes at the Francis Crick Institute

Construction work has finished on the new building for the Francis Crick Institute next to St Pancras station and the British Library.
15 August 2016

Crick Director of Research to become the Wellcome Trust’s new Director of Science

Dr Jim Smith, Director of Research and group leader at the Francis Crick Institute, is to become the new Director of Science at the Wellcome Trust, one of the Crick’s founding partners.
12 August 2016

Antibodies in patients with rare disorder may have role in preventing diabetes

People with a rare autoimmune disorder produce autoimmune antibodies that appear to be linked to a reduced occurrence of Type 1 diabetes, new research has found.
14 July 2016

Monkey malaria weak spot could prevent hop to humans

Scientists have identified a gene that lets monkey malaria infect humans.
13 June 2016

New portrait of Francis Crick revealed on his 100th birthday

Biomedical research hub the Francis Crick Institute has revealed a new portrait of Francis Crick to coincide with Crick’s centenary on 8 June 2016.
08 June 2016

New tool allows researchers to reproduce conditions of embryonic development in lab

A new microfluidic tool allows scientists to replicate the conditions of embryonic development in the lab.
31 May 2016

Specialised properties of ‘germinal centre B cells’ help production of highly potent antibodies

The discovery of specialised mechanical and signalling properties of a certain type of B cells helps them to produce highly potent antibodies during immune responses.
16 May 2016

Post-mortem cancer study goes national

Crick and UCL scientist Professor Charlie Swanton will lead the UK's first ever national study of blood and tissue samples from patients who have died from cancer.
13 May 2016

Multi-faceted approach to screening genes and proteins improves accuracy

By combining multiple methods for screening genes and proteins, scientists have cut down on false positives and negatives.
12 May 2016

Camden charities chosen to run new health and wellbeing centre

London’s Francis Crick Institute to set new template for community engagement
12 May 2016

Crick scientist in a team shortlisted for CRUK Grand Challenge award

A multi-disciplinary team of scientists - including Dr Mariia Yuneva from the Francis Crick Institute (Mill Hill) - has been shortlisted along with eight other groups to the final stages of Cancer Research UK's Grand Challenge, the world’s most ambitious cancer research grants. If successful, the team will receive a grant of up to £20m to tackle one of the toughest questions in cancer research.
25 April 2016

Brain cell study reveals root of rare Cockayne Syndrome

An approved drug used to treat depression and pain, called amitriptyline, can provoke brain cell development in the lab. The finding has helped researchers at the Francis Crick Institute in London to understand more about what causes a devastating hereditary disease called Cockayne syndrome.
10 March 2016

Paradigm: a permanent public art commission

The Francis Crick Institute unveils Paradigm: a permanent public art commission by Conrad Shawcross
24 February 2016

Bacterial hideout could be source of TB reactivation

Bacteria that cause tuberculosis can live in the walls of lymph vessels. The discovery, made by scientists at The Francis Crick Institute in London, could explain why people can be treated for TB hiding outside the lungs, recover and then get it again.
22 February 2016

Malaria escape route reveals new drug target

Malarial parasites need a protein called MSP1 to burst from red blood cells to infect new cells. The discovery, made by researchers at the Francis Crick Institute in London, solves the long-held parasite escape puzzle and so reveals a new anti-malarial drug target.
14 October 2015

Statement from the the Francis Crick Institute on the HFEA application for use of genome editing techniques on human embryos

Scientists working at The Francis Crick Institute (the Crick) in London have applied to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to use new “genome editing” techniques on human embryos.
18 September 2015

Scientists solve breast and ovarian Cancer Genetic Mystery

Crick scientists have solved a decades-old mystery and helped to unravel the genetic cause of some breast and ovarian cancers, according to new research published today (Thursday) in Cell.
16 July 2015

Researchers discover new ‘rules of engagement’ that allow viruses such as HIV to infect healthy cells

An international team of researchers, led by scientists from the Francis Crick Institute and Imperial College London, has discovered important new detail on how retroviruses take over healthy cells.
10 June 2015

Arts Council PRISM award will ‘preserve fascinating scientific instruments’ for the new institute

The Francis Crick Institute has been awarded almost £20,000 to preserve 150 historically important scientific objects.
26 February 2015

Rising star of art world commissioned by the Francis Crick Institute to create stunning public sculpture

Paul Nurse, Director of the Francis Crick Institute, has announced today that the London artist Conrad Shawcross has been commissioned to create a stunning piece of public art for the institute.
03 October 2014

Dr David Roblin joins the Francis Crick Institute as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Translation

Dr David Roblin, the former Site Head and Head of Research for Pfizer’s European Research & Development HQ, has been appointed as the new Chief Operating Officer and Director of Translation of the Francis Crick Institute.
01 July 2014

Strategy for the Francis Crick Institute unveiled at topping out ceremony

Strategy for the Francis Crick Institute unveiled at topping out ceremony
06 June 2013

Festive fun in Somers Town

Children in Somers Town have been creating festive decorations for The Francis Crick Institute’s Tree of Life project.
22 December 2011

Tax decision scraps rules that would see charities pay big VAT bills on their building projects

Charities have praised Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs for cancelling a proposed change of tax rules which would see them pay VAT on big building projects.
03 August 2011

A new name for UKCMRI

The UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI) is to be re-named The Francis Crick Institute in honour of one of the United Kingdom’s greatest scientists.
25 May 2011

Two more leading universities plan to join scientific powerhouse

Imperial College London and King’s College London are set to join the partners behind the world-leading medical research institute: the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI).
13 April 2011

Founders sign UKCMRI agreement

Leading science institutions formally establish UKCMRI as a state-of-the-art medical research institute
09 November 2010

UKCMRI submits plans for world-leading medical research institute

Plans for a new world-leading medical research institute at St Pancras and Somers Town in London have been presented to Camden Council.
02 September 2010

Paul Nurse to head world-leading centre

The Nobel laureate Sir Paul Nurse is to become UKCMRI’s first Director and Chief Executive.
15 July 2010

UK to take unprecedented step in international science leadership

A consortium of the UK’s largest and most successful scientific and academic institutions has laid out its plans for the biggest centre for biomedical research and innovation in Europe.
21 June 2010

UKCMRI welcomes government commitment to funding

UKCMRI has welcomed the Government’s statement of support for the project to build a world-leading medical research institute in London.
24 May 2010

Government to invest £250m

The Government is to invest £250 million in the project to build a world class research centre that will tackle some of the biggest biomedical challenges.
25 March 2010

Development Control Forum

Senior members of the UKCMRI team will meet Camden residents to discuss plans for the new institute.
01 February 2010

Centre to be built at Brill Place

In December 2007, plans were announced to create the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI), a world class research centre that will tackle some of the biggest medical challenges facing the 21st Century.
06 January 2010

Shaping the future of science

The UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI), a groundbreaking project to create a world-leading biomedical research institute in central London, has revealed its designs for the building and gives the first details of its proposed Scientific Vision and Research Strategy.
07 December 2009

UKCMRI selects agency

The UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation has selected Fleishman-Hillard as communications consultants as it seeks to communicate the positive impact that the project will have locally and throughout the UK
07 October 2008

Architects chosen for project

The architects, HOK, have been chosen to design a world-leading medical research centre to fight disease in London.
21 August 2008