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Medicines Discovery Institute

Translating biomedical research into new medicines for unmet clinical needs.

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

Male researcher inspecting equipment


We apply our expertise in a range of research areas to produce novel medicines.

Professor Simon Ward at the Eisteddfod

Community outreach

Our staff are regularly involved with engagement and community outreach to encourage young learners and raise public awareness of drug discovery.

Female Researcher Inspecting equipment in chemistry lab

Join us

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



Meet the team behind the Medicines Discovery Institute.

Our aims


Address the growing unmet need in brain health

Capitalising on Cardiff initiated scientific discoveries


Train next generation of drug discovery scientists

Educating postgraduate students in cutting-edge medicines discovery techniques


Create jobs and stimulate economic growth

We provide a valuable interface between industry and academia

"The Medicines Discovery Institute is a bridge between the basic science developed at Cardiff University, and the clinical research required to establish the safety and effectiveness of a new drug. Poorly treated illnesses place an enormous burden on society and the costs continue to increase. Better medicines can alleviate this burden - yet the path of drug discovery, from the laboratory bench to the bedside, is notoriously long and difficult."
Professor Simon Ward Director, Medicines Discovery Institute