Our scientists have led the discovery and development of many targeted treatments that are helping more cancer patients live longer and with fewer side-effects. We now know that some cancers adapt to their environments within our bodies to side-step those drugs designed to halt their progress.
We are now poised to outsmart cancer with the world’s first anti-evolution 'Darwinian' drug discovery programme, in which we will focus on understanding, anticipating and overcoming cancer evolution, and preventing drug resistance.
To deliver this pioneering drug discovery programme, we are constructing a major new research building, the Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery. Here we will bring together around 300 of our leading scientists into a single collaborative space – with the aim of discovering treatments so smart and targeted that even advanced disease can be managed long-term and effectively cured.
This Centre will pave the way for a new era of drug discovery, to help us stay one step ahead of the disease – so that cancer can be cured or patients can live a good life with cancer. Patients should not have to give up on their dreams for the future – our aim is to help them defeat their cancer and finish all the things they started.
We will overcome cancer drug resistance in innovative new ways.
In our new Centre we will have an extraordinary, multi-disciplinary mix of evolutionary experts, biologists, chemists, computational scientists and clinicians working together to overcome or redirect the whole process of cancer evolution – and deliver long-term control and effective cures, just as comparable approaches have achieved with HIV.
With your support today, we can get our new research programme off to the strongest possible start. We will be undertaking pioneering projects including:
- Use of AI and advanced maths to ‘herd’ cancer like livestock so it is forced to adapt to one treatment by developing weaknesses against others.
- Creating the first anti-evolution cancer drug to slow down cancer’s ability to evolve, delaying its resistance to treatment.
- Devising innovative, multi-drug combinations to block several cancer genes at once or boost the immune system.
Our new drug discovery programme brings with it the hope that future generations will no longer fear cancer as a death sentence. That future is within our grasp – and we will look back at this time as a defining moment in our journey to defeat this disease.
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