When finished, the Centre will see a new collaboration of hundreds of our scientists from different disciplines come together to lead an unprecedented ‘Darwinian’ drug discovery programme. Here we aim to overcome cancer’s ability to adapt and evolve resistance to drugs. This could turn cancer into a manageable disease that can be controlled long term and effectively cured.
Drawing inspiration from the work that we will undertake in the new Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery, Simon’s poem – his second as Poet Laureate – heralds the discovery of new, innovative and ground-breaking drugs and treatments, while symbolising the hope that this world-first combination of scientists can bring to patients.
Entitled Finishing It, Simon’s poem, and the micro-engraving, convey the incredible precision science that underpins a new generation of cancer treatments to be explored by our scientists in the new Centre: