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The Institute Launches its New Website


Friday 10  March 2006


Europe’s leading cancer research centre The Institute of Cancer Research today launches its new website


The new fully interactive site showcases The Institute’s scientific advances and raises awareness of its world-class research, while encouraging involvement and donations.  The site clearly and effectively addresses the needs of a range of audiences including the international research community, potential staff, people affected by cancer, medical practitioners, students and charity supporters.


Dany Maneely, Corporate Publications Manager at The Institute, commented,  “As a world class research organisation, a higher education institution and a charity, The Institute’s website has a number of key audiences, including scientific researchers, students and members of the public. The new website reaches out to all of these different audiences and meets their needs in a simple, easy to use and stylish format.”


The Institute worked with external service providers Underwired, Percussion and Unified Solutions to deliver the site. Underwired, a specialist digital and eCRM agency, was responsible for restructuring the 1,500-page site, providing Information Architecture, usability and interface design and overseeing the procurement procedure for a Content Management System (CMS).  Percussion, a leading developer of practical software solutions, supplied the enterprise content management (ECM) solution, Rhythmyx, in which the new site is held. Unified Solutions, a well-established software and systems integrator which works in partnership with Percussion, fully implemented the Rhythmyx software to the required specifications.


The Institute of Cancer Research is one of the world’s leading cancer research organisations and is internationally renowned for the quality of its science.  Its mission is the relief of human suffering by pursuing excellence in the fight against cancer.


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For further information including screenshots please contact:

Nadia Ramsey

Press Officer

The Institute of Cancer Research

Tel: 020 7153 5359 / 07788 427 856

Email: [email protected]


Notes to Editors


The Institute of Cancer Research

  • The Institute of Cancer Research is Europe’s leading cancer research centre with expert scientists working on cutting edge research. It was founded in 1909 to carry out research into the causes of cancer and to develop new strategies for its prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. Website at:
  • The Institute works in a unique partnership with The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, forming the largest comprehensive cancer centre in Europe. This relationship enables close daily contact with those on the frontline in the fight against cancer - the clinicians, the carers and most importantly, the patients.
  • The Institute is a charity that relies on voluntary income. The Institute is one of the world’s most cost-effective major cancer research organisations with over 90p in every £ directly supporting research.



  • Underwired was set up in 1996 and is headed up by Felix Velarde (managing partner), Jason Holland (creative director) and Lazar Dzamic (planning director). The specialist digital agency creates websites, eCRM programmes and online marketing campaigns for clients including Virgin Holidays, Harrods, the Barbican, Start-rite Shoes, Penguin Books, Friends Reunited, Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign, National Missing Persons Helpline and AAR.
  • Underwired’s fee income grew by 50% in 2005, helped by the expansion of its eCRM activities, which earned the agency a BIMA Award for Best eCRM/Email Campaign along with Commendations at both the New Media Age Awards and Campaign Digital Awards.



  • Percussion Software's family of practical software solutions enables customers to maximise both the value and quality of their enterprise content through cost-effective content management, ease of content re-use, optimised delivery to multiple channels and increased efficiency.  The company's flagship product, Rhythmyx, based on open standards, is the first Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solution to provide cost-effective, multi-channel delivery of easily reusable content.
  • Percussion’s portfolio of over 2,500 global customers includes, Bayer, Hitachi, IBM, MasterCard International, Motorola and Toshiba. Its UK customers include, Alliance & Leicester, ARM Ltd, the British Library, DLA Piper Rudnick, ICI Paints, National Express, NESTA, Newcastle Building Society, NSPCC, Natural History Museum, Nottingham Trent University, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Symbian, Tate, the University of London and the V&A.  More information can be found on the Web at
  • Percussion Software is a registered trademark and Rhythmyx, Lyrix, Active Assembly and De-Coupled Delivery are trademarks of Percussion Software.  All other registered trademarks and trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.


Unified Solutions Limited

  • Unified Solutions was established in 1995 by two experienced I.T. Consultants – Peter Johnson and Tim Chalklen. They recognised the need for a company able to combine technical excellence with creative flair to develop and build innovative web site solutions for their customers. Since then, the company has steadily expanded and grown to become leaders in Information Management, encompassing the deployment of Enterprise Content Management Systems such as Percussion's Rhythmyx.
  • Unified's customer base is broad and extensive, ranging across boththe Public and Private Sector; from SME's through to global corporations such as O2, Cambrige University Press, The British Museum, Informa. In the Charity Sector, Unified Solutions have worked with Cancer Research UK, Christian Aid, Sight Savers International and Voluntary Services Overseas.
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