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Medicines Discovery Institute

We translate leading biomedical research into novel drugs.

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

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Latest news


Discovering new medicines through the medium of Welsh

4 January 2022

The Welsh language is playing a central role in the research into new medicines in Cardiff.

Researchers working in a busy chemistry lab

Meet the new team members

23 November 2021

The cutting-edge medicines discovery team at Cardiff University has expanded, as new members join the centre of expertise, focused on finding novel therapies.

Bedwyr stands in front of a research poster presentation at the ELRIG conference

The Coleg Cymraeg appoints new Postgraduate Ambassadors

25 October 2021

The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol has appointed new ambassadors, including postgraduate students at the Cardiff University 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

Male researcher inspecting equipment


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

Scientists working in a busy MDI lab

Our Vision

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

Rotavapore Machine


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

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.

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

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.