The Medicines Discovery Catapult is part of a network of world-leading centres designed to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific areas and help drive future economic growth.
“To support entrepreneurs and businesses to access and adopt cutting‑edge technologies, the government is confirming £115 million to extend funding for the Digital Catapult, which has centres in the North East, South East and Northern Ireland, and the Medicines Discovery Catapult in Cheshire. This builds on the £1 billion in long-term funding already committed to the broader network of Catapult centres located across the UK.”
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond
The Catapult network was established by Innovate UK (part of UK Research & Innovation) to support innovation and its widespread use by UK businesses. They do this by providing access to expert technical capabilities, equipment and other resources required to take innovation ideas from concept to reality.
“The Catapult network offers the technical expertise and equipment to allow businesses to take on the challenges and opportunities we expect to face in a future world.
We’re backing experts to push new boundaries, so our future economy reaps the benefits of new technologies with more highly skilled jobs. Investment in research and development is at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy as we build on the UK’s reputation for scientific innovation.”
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark
Catapults are not-for profit, independent centres which connect businesses with the UK’s research and academic communities.