Mayor of London Sadiq Khan today said Brexit must not cost the capital its top scientific minds.
He said it was critical that London continues to thrive as a global centre for life science research even after it has left the EU.
Mr Khan, pictured, was speaking on a visit to the £700 million Francis Crick Institute in King’s Cross. The centre for biomedical studies and life sciences will house 1,250 of the best scientists from 70 countries, making it Europe’s largest biological research facility.
Ahead of its November opening, Mr Khan said: “London remains one of the most attractive places for life science companies to do business.
“Our great city will continue to lead the way in medical research and innovation. London thrives by being open, to talent, to ideas and to people. I am absolutely determined that this will continue, and that we not only retain the best scientists but continue to attract them to our world-leading cluster of medical research institutions.”
Sir Paul Nurse, director of the Francis Crick Institute, said: “The Institute is truly international, with scientists and collaborators from all over the world.
“We are proud of our open and diverse values, which underpin our globally-leading science.”
Sarah Haywood, CEO of MedCity, a life science collaboration between top London universities, said: “We are very confident we will continue to thrive.
“The knowledge, innovation and collaboration that has sustained our universities and medical and research facilities is not going to evaporate because of a change in the UK’s status within the EU.