Fearless science in service to humanity

THE MSD UK DISCOVERY CENTRE

This state-of-the-art research laboratory unites 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.

 

Below is a series of short films with some of our UK discovery scientists talking about the groundbreaking work they are doing, and what drives their passion for science.

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LONDON
CALLING.

Our London discovery research teams 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. (South San Francisco, CA, and Cambridge, MA), all with distinct scientific charters.

OUR SCIENCE IS...

...brave, pushing boundaries and pursuing avenues where others have given up. Led by renowned scientist Dr Fiona Marshall, PhD, a world-leading expert and innovator in drug discovery, the MSD UK Discovery Centre and our discovery research teams focus on the study of changes in the fundamental mechanisms of cell homeostasis and resilience in the context of ageing that lead to disease, particularly the 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. Our teams 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, who is Vice President Head of Neuroscience and Head of UK Discovery, joined MSD from SoseiHeptares, the UK biotech company she co-founded more than a decade ago.

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, Dr Marshall has led research teams to numerous significant advances, and now oversees global neuroscience discovery at MSD.

Marshall is among the best-connected UK science leaders, and has won numerous awards, including the 2012 WISE award for Outstanding Achievement for Innovation, 2015 Malcom Cambell Award for chemistry and the John Vane Medal for Pharmacology. She is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the British Pharmacological Society.

OUR LOCATIONS

The decision to locate our state-of-the-art facilities at the heart of London's Knowledge Quarter 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 whilst expanding MSD’s opportunity to engage with leading researchers across the UK's other leading sites and into Europe. Our discovery scientists are based at interim lab facilities at the London Bioscience Innovation Centre and at the Francis Crick Institute until the Discovery Centre build is complete.

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LONDON BIOSCIENCE INNOVATION CENTRE

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FRANCIS CRICK INSTITUTE

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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 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, challenge preconceptions, explore 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

GB-NON-02955 | Date of Preparation: July 2020