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New Grant awarded to the Rosalind Franklin Institute to further their work with breakthrough technologies

11:11 29 October in Digital Technology, Europe, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Oxfordshire, Talent and Innovation

The Rosalind Franklin Institute, in collaboration with MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC LMB) and Diamond Light Source, have been awarded a £25m grant from Wellcome.

The grant will aid the development of a trio of electron imaging physical sciences technologies which will alter how we see the depth and detail of life. The grant will allow training in all advanced techniques for UK and international scientists and will also aid in expanding the capability of current imaging in life sciences, creating new technological links to current existing techniques.

Electron imaging technologies, known collectively as ‘Electrifying Life Science’, will create global unique capabilities for the UK. The aim is to change the accessibility and capability of electron cryomicroscopy (cryo-EM).

“This high-risk, high-reward multidisciplinary project is what the UK Government set up The Rosalind Franklin Institute to do. I cannot emphasise enough the teamwork required to get us to this stage and how important it will be going forward. Electrifying Life Science will be a true factor of ten change in our ability to see and understand life. We are incredibly grateful to Wellcome for placing their trust in us. I want to acknowledge funding from UKRI-EPSRC, core funding partners of The Franklin, and of course from our industrial partners who are contributing their world leading engineering and design capability. Everyone at The Franklin feels humbled by this and are excited to start work to deliver on our promises.”

Professor James Naismith, Director of the Rosalind Franklin Institute


“The LMB has helped to pioneer the development of biological applications of electron microscopy. Through the exciting and vast collaboration bringing together institutes, facilities and commercial instrumentation specialists the method will become more accessible, faster, more precise and more generally applicable. It will help to make electrons not only the best but also the preferred option to investigate, and to utilise, the secrets of life.”

Dr Jan Löwe, Director of the MRC LMB


“There has been an explosion in the scientific impact of cryo-electron microscopy since the introduction of revolutionary electron detector technology. We are excited about this project that gives us an opportunity to bring closer together structural and cell biology through the development of the next generation of this innovative technology.”

Dr Tom Collins, interim Head of Genetics & Molecular Sciences at Wellcome


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