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THE MSD UK DISCOVERY CENTRE

This state-of-the-art research laboratory will unite a select, multidisciplinary team of exceptional scientific minds around a shared purpose: to drive medical advances against some of the most challenging diseases facing ageing populations. The Centre and interim facilities represent MSD's investment in — and commitment to — highly principled and rigorous early bioscience research conducted in the most forward-looking ways.

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As we build our new discovery research team, we will call on their expertise as biologists, pharmacologists and chemists to collaborate and translate fundamental discoveries, which could be groundbreaking. The UK Discovery Centre and interim facilities represent MSD's initial expansion of this cross-disciplinary model into Europe. Others are already underway at MSD Research Labs in the U.S. (San Francisco, CA, and Cambridge, MA), all with distinct scientific charters.

OUR SCIENCE

Led by renowned scientist Dr Fiona Marshall, PhD, a world-leading expert and innovator in drug discovery, the MSD UK Discovery Centre will initially focus on the study of changes in the fundamental mechanisms of cell homeostasis and resilience in the context of ageing that lead to disease. An initial focus will be on processes which result in neurodegeneration.

In a quest to drive early research to rapidly identify and progress novel therapeutic targets for diseases, commitment will be to scientific nimbleness and fluidity, moving efficiently and with purpose into areas yielding greatest promise. Ultimately, our teams will combine leading drug discovery capabilities and world-class R&D with the purpose of turning breakthrough science into life-changing medicines.

 

OUR PEOPLE

Curiosity, inventiveness, and a passion for scientific excellence. These qualities define our people and represent our essential purpose — on behalf of the world's ageing populations.

Fiona Marshall

Dr. Fiona Marshall joined MSD from Heptares Therapeutics, the UK biotech company she co-founded more than a decade ago, which was acquired by Sosei in 2015.

Dr. Marshall is a world-leading expert in G Protein-Coupled Receptor (GPCR) biology and drug discovery. GPCRs are the single largest class of drug targets and recent developments in structural biology have provided new opportunities in the design of drug candidates across a wide variety of therapeutic areas.

In her career, spanning more than 25 years and including firms such as GSK and Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Marshall has led research teams to numerous significant advances, and will now direct a team of around 150 scientists at the MSD UK Discovery Centre.

Marshall is among the best-connected UK science leaders, and has won numerous awards, including the 2012 WISE award for Outstanding Achievement for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the 2018 WITH Award for Outstanding Women Innovators in Healthcare and the 2015 RSC Malcolm Campbell Award for chemistry. She was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2016.

OUR LOCATIONS

The decision to locate our state-of-the-art facilities here in the heart of London simply made good sense. It has a vibrant and rapidly growing life sciences community providing access for more collaborations within the European life sciences ecosystem. We believe that locating here will enable us to draw on London’s centre of excellence for science and access to the science triangle between London, Cambridge and Oxford whilst expanding MSD’s opportunity to engage with leading researchers in the UK and Europe. Our discovery scientists will be based at interim lab facilities at the London Bioscience Innovation Centre until the Discovery Centre build is complete.
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OUR JOBS

What we're establishing in the UK MSD Discovery Centre presents a rare and challenging opportunity – from state-of-the-art facilities to the cross-disciplinary approach we’re taking towards tackling diseases associated with the ageing process. At the same time, it's not just excellent science we're after. As important as that is, people who join our team will have a variety of unique attributes and a system of values and ethics that align with our mission.

Are you truly compelled by, and dedicated to, discovery science?

Are you capable of working collaboratively in a cross-disciplinary environment?

Are you prepared to challenge the status quo?

Do you demonstrate persistence and resilience in the face of adversity or failure?

Are you naturally curious?

Are you the kind of person who digs in and does science alongside your team members?

Are you genuinely interested in moving beyond exciting science to develop new medicines?

IS THAT YOU?
HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US:

  You will do bold, groundbreaking science — challenging preconceptions, exploring new ideas, in pursuit of creating life-changing medicines.

  You will enjoy a supportive mentoring culture.

  You will work alongside leading scientists who share our collective purpose.

  You will work with the most innovative technologies in a state-of-the-art environment.

THE NEXT MOVE IS YOURS.

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INVENT

solutions for unmet healthcare needs

IMPACT

the future by driving MSD's position as one of the world's leading healthcare companies

INSPIRE

your colleagues and work to closely push the boundaries of science and technology

CORP-1255733-0004 | Date of Preparation: September 2018