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Liverpool Launches £8.2M Medicines Fellowship

University of Liverpool leads new £8.2M medicines development fellowship programme: The University of Liverpool is to lead an exciting new MRC-funded medicines career development partnership with Queen Mary University London, the University of Glasgow, the University of Manchester, and a number of industry partners.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) Medicines Development Fellowship Programme will strengthen interactions between academia and industry to deliver world-class medicines development. It will support four pre-doctoral Fellows and the development of four new, five-year Clinician Scientist Fellowships.

The programme is co-funded and supported by two major pharmaceutical companies, GSK and AstraZeneca in addition to Optum and Hammersmith Medicines Research, the UK’s largest clinical research organisation for early clinical trials.

It will cover several disease areas as core themes, including infection and inflammation, cardiac and respiratory disease, oncology and neuropsychiatry. These align with key strengths of the four Universities, such as experimental medicine, artificial intelligence and data science, and product development areas for industry partners.

The unique scheme will foster a seamless working environment which robustly addresses multi-sector mobility and porosity between academia, industry and the NHS.

Programme leader Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed said: “Developing new medicines, or using existing medicines in a better way, is key to improving outcomes for patients. This truly unique scheme offers an exciting opportunity for medically-qualified trainees at all levels, to undertake the best science in an environment that will foster joint working between Universities and Industry. We want to ensure that the scheme provides a greatly enhanced experience for all Fellows. We will also provide a dedicated teaching programme, mentorship from academia and industry, peer support and collegiality as well as opportunities to network and to develop skills in leadership, patient involvement and in communication and engagement. I am grateful to all the partners, academic and industry, who are taking part in the scheme.

Dr David Pan, Head of Programme, Training and Careers at MRC said: “This new programme gives clinician scientists valuable experience working across the diverse industries involved in the pharmaceutical development process, from major pharmaceutical companies to data science and clinical research. The strong industry commitment further supports our efforts to build the numbers of clinical academics. The knowledge and experience they will gain of the regulatory and clinical trial process involved in the commercialisation of discoveries will provide long term benefits for both sectors and help to support the development of future therapeutics.”

The new scheme builds on the 13-year success of the North West England MRC Fellowship Scheme in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Scheme, a partnership between the University of Liverpool and the University of Manchester.

The MRC Medicines Development Fellowship Programme is now recruiting fellows. Click here to find out more.

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