Medicines Discovery Institute

We put Wales at the forefront of medical innovation, bringing cutting-edge science to the patient by turning leading biomedical research into novel drugs.

Latest news

Cardiff Half Marathon 2017 start line

Over £400 raised for neuroscience research

10 October 2018

Staff from the Medicines Discovery Institute have raised over £400 for research into cancer, neuroscience and mental health by taking part in one of the UK’s biggest road races.

Professor Simon Ward at the Eisteddfod

Eisteddfod 2018

18 September 2018

The Eisteddfod came to Cardiff Bay in 2018, and staff from the Medicines Discovery Institute took part in the celebration to share the Institute’s research.

Tafwyl Festival Exhibition

Raising awareness for drug discovery through the Welsh language

2 August 2018

Cardiff University scientists raised public awareness of medicines discovery through the medium of Welsh, attending an annual Welsh-language festival to share their research.

Main building on Cathays Park campus

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We are now looking to recruit exceptional scientists and support staff from around the world to help us shape and deliver our future vision.

Digital microscope at the School of Biosciences


Access to some of the best technology and facilities allows our researchers to undertake cutting-edge drug discovery research.

Neural cells graphic


We apply our expertise in a range of research areas to produce novel medicines, which will ultimately make a difference to the lives of patients across the world.

man receiving pills


Our vision is ambitious, aiming to make the Institute a focal point for medicines discovery and innovation within Cardiff University and the wider UK academic community.