VIDEO: Boris visits Francis Crick Institute with £1 billion investment to recapture UK’s ‘science superpower’ status

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The Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Francis Crick Institute. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has visited the Francis Crick Institute today (11 July 2022) where the Government has invested a further £1 billion over the next 7 years working with various other institutions to make the UK one of the world’s “science superpowers.”

At The Francis Crick Institute, scientists are pushing the boundaries of discovery to fight human diseases – now helped on their mission by the additional £1 billion funding.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

“Science and technology are crucial to this country’s long-term economic health, driving jobs, growth and prosperity for decades to come.

“Don’t forget that’s how Britain rose to greatness in the first place.

“What we’re trying to do now is make sure we recapture our status as one of the world’s science superpowers.”

The Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and Wellcome said the funding for the biomedical research centre is an investment in helping secure the future of the UK as a scientific powerhouse.

The Francis Crick Institute was formed in 2015 in an effort to understand more about how living things work to transform the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of human disease.

Some of the centre’s biggest achievements include identifying how therapies can outpace lung cancer, and the discovery of a new vaccine against tuberculosis.

The new £1 billion investment is set to fund the centre for the next seven years.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said:

“From the invention of penicillin and the first successful blood transfusion to the ground-breaking coronavirus vaccination developed by Oxford scientists, the UK has an impressive legacy in the life sciences.

“I am therefore thrilled that the government has been able to make a significant contribution to this £1 billion investment for the brilliant Francis Crick Institute.

“This funding will support the outstanding research they do to advance biomedical discovery and develop new approaches to tackling disease, strengthening the UK’s future as a science superpower.”

Sir Paul Nurse, director of the Francis Crick Institute added:

“This is an investment that promotes UK science. The Government has recognised the need to expand research budgets, because our future relies on it.

“For the UK to be a global science power, we also need to be collaborators in the international science community and critically need to maintain our current powerful links with scientists in Europe.”

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