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The Rosalind Franklin Institute is a national research institute dedicated to developing new technologies to tackle important health research challenges. The spectrum of tools under development at the Franklin are individually extraordinary, but when combined at the Franklin’s Hub, they allow us to develop tomorrow’s healthcare innovations.

Our technologies will enable the ‘imaging of life in five dimensions’ – that is, to see the molecules of life in the context of three-dimensional space, along with time and chemistry. We are currently focusing our multi-disciplinary research teams and technologies in development to the grand challenge problem of infection and the body’s response to it. Find out more about our research here.

Hub and Spokes

The Franklin operates a ‘hub and spokes’ model, with the central Hub being located on the Harwell Campus. The Hub will house a unique portfolio of scientific tools and researchers from both academia and industry.

The spokes are the Franklin members, comprising of ten leading research universities from across the UK, alongside Diamond Light Source and UKRI- Science and Technology Facilities Council. Our members are key collaborators on many of our research projects and provide key insights in the governing of the institute.

The Challenge

Creating new drugs has never been slower or more expensive, but need is growing faster than ever – with antimicrobial resistance increasing, escalating healthcare costs; an ageing population; the growing impact of mental illness, or of intractable diseases such as dementia, and threats to food security.

The Franklin looks to address important health research challenges by bringing together physical science and engineering researchers to address these challenges. Franklin researchers also collaborate closely with academic industrial partners to ensure that our research is helping to address the most pressing problems and has real impact.

The Franklin aims to create technologies which represent a factor of ten shift from the status quo. These disruptive new technologies will allow us to see the biological world in new ways – from picometre-scale atoms to centrimetre-scale tumours. This insight will speed up the discovery of new medicines, help find new diagnostics, push forward microbial and plant science and contribute to a deeper understanding of human health and disease.

Franklin values

Our values define how we approach all aspects of our work, both internally and externally, and in particular how we approach collaboration and assess projects.

Adventure

Our projects, by their nature, carry significant risk, combined with significant pay-off in scientific, economic, and patient benefits if successful. Risk is mitigated by engaging experts from across disciplines and working together to approach large challenges.

Engagement

Our projects are not conceived of or delivered by one organisation alone, they engage multiple partners across academia and industry and there is demonstrable support for their development by these communities.

Novelty

Our technologies will be novel in their application and design, offering tools to the academic and industrial communities which enable significant new research potential and economic benefit.

Utility

Our technologies will be sought after by both academic and industrial communities, and access will be opened to as wide as possible, ensuring that the research benefits are maximised.

Collaborate with us

We want to partner with many different types of organisation and use our technologies to help answer research problems across life science, to enable this we have various routes by which you can collaborate with us.

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