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The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes, with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years.

  • Our work with industry

    The Enterprise Unit has many industrial partners and works with them to transform ideas into new products for the benefit of cancer patients.

    Working with industry
  • Our research

    At the ICR we are researching how to treat the differences between cancers – an approach known as personalised medicine.

    About our research
  • Our fundraising and philanthropy

    Our donors and supporters play a vital role in helping researchers at the ICR to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.

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  • Our cancer drug access report

    Read our new analysis – From Patent to Patient: our report analysing access to innovative cancer drugs

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  • Our students

    The ICR is a college of the University of London, and educating and training the next generation of cancer researchers and clinicians is a core part of our mission.

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The ICR is led by Chief Executive, Professor Paul Workman — an expert in cancer drug discovery.

We are world leaders in identifying cancer genes, discovering cancer drugs and developing precision radiotherapy.

Together with our hospital partner The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, we are rated as one of the top centres for cancer research and treatment worldwide.

As well as being as world-class research institute, the ICR is a higher education institution and a college of the University of London. We came top in the league table of university research quality compiled from the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

The ICR has charitable status and relies on support from partner organisations, charities, donors and the general public.


See our complate range of factsheets with up-to-date and easy-to-access facts and figures on the ICR.


Position statements

The ICR has outlined its position on a number of policy issues in scientific and medical research.

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The ICR: Over 100 years of cancer research in London

Here in London, our scientists conduct world-leading research every day. Our mission? To defeat cancer.

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Our history of achievements

For more than 100 years, the ICR has been pioneering discoveries into cancer and its treatment.

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Share your story

We always want to hear from people who have a cancer story to share. Get in touch and help raise awareness of our research.

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Annual Report

The Annual Report and Accounts provides the ICR's accounts for the end of each financial year.

Read our 2018 Annual Report