The new Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC) has announced the appointment of Ed Owen to put medical research charities and patient groups at the heart of the development of new therapies in the UK.

Ed was, until October, the Chief Executive of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, one of the UK's leading medical research charities. As Head of Engagement and Communications for the charity sector, he will be leading the MDC's work to ensure the sector's unique patient-centred insight, expertise and assets play a central role in new collaborative Syndicates focused on accelerating the discovery of patient-centred medicines in key disease areas.

Ed will also be responsible for the MDC's wider strategic and engagement and communications work focused on bringing together all key partners in industry, public, academic and not-for-profit sectors. He will start his work with the MDC in December on a part time basis.