× Medicines Discovery Catapult

We’re able to take risks and pursue objectives that are understandably challenging for commercial for-profit companies. It’s the reason we’re able to focus so much of our effort on pioneering the next generation of medicine discovery techniques and technologies.

The Catapult Network

MDC is part of a network of Catapults, established by Innovate UK to support UK innovation.

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Each Catapult specialises in a different area of technology, but all offer a space with the facilities and expertise to enable businesses and researchers to collaboratively solve key problems and develop new products and services – taking innovative ideas from concept to reality.

Catapults are not-for-profit, independent organisations.

MDC is focussed on reshaping the medicine discovery industry.

Read more about the Catapult Network >

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The UK’s Industrial Strategy

A long-term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK.

The strategy sets out how the government is building a Britain fit for the future – to help businesses create better, higher-paying jobs with investment in the skills, industries and infrastructure of the future.

Read the Industrial Strategy white paper at gov.uk >

“We stand together with the businesses, charities and academic communities committed to delivering the Industrial Strategy… Business models are changing, and we need these collaborative partnerships to support SMEs and make innovation happen.”

Prof Chris Molloy, CEO

The Grand Challenges

The Industrial Strategy sets out Grand Challenges to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future, ensuring that the UK takes advantage of major global changes, improving people’s lives and the country’s productivity.

The first 4 Grand Challenges are focused on the global trends which will transform our future:

  1. artificial intelligence and data
  2. ageing society
  3. clean growth
  4. future of mobility

MDC is helping UK industry to specifically meet 2 of these challenges:

Artificial intelligence and data

Use data, artificial intelligence and innovation to transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases by 2030.

Ageing society

Ensure that people can enjoy at least 5 extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, while narrowing the gap between the experience of the richest and poorest.