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Welcome to Moderna United Kingdom

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So, what is mRNA?

mRNA already exists in your body. It carries a “message” – an instruction that directs your cells what to do.¹⁻²

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Fighting disease differently

mRNA medicine fight diseases in a different way than traditional medicine by prompting your immune system to create the tools to treat or prevent disease.³

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Treatment possibilities

We believe that if mRNA can treat one disease, it can treat many diseases. We will use mRNA to treat diseases for which there are currently no treatments.

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Helping more people

mRNA medicine contains no animal products, making medicine accessible for as many people as possible.⁴

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More medicines, faster

Our platform enables rapid design, research and testing of multiple mRNAs, within days. Our production methods allow us to get medicines to more people, faster.


Meet Darius Hughes

General Manager

It normally takes 2–3 years to set up a new pharmaceutical affiliate and bring the first product to market. With the COVID-19 pandemic, Darius set up the UK affiliate and recruited the whole UK team, within 9 months, whilst ensuring the vital supply of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine was maintained.

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¹Riggs P. What is mRNA? The messenger molecule that’s been in every living cell for billions of years is the key ingredient in some COVID-19 vaccines. The Conversation. 2021. Available at: Last accessed August 2023.

²National Human Genome Research Institute. Messenger RNA (mRNA) 2023. Available at: Last accessed August 2023.

³Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Understanding How COVID–19 Vaccines Work. May 2023. Available at: Last accessed August 2023. 

⁴Rosa S, et al. mRNA vaccines manufacturing: Challenges and bottlenecks. Vaccine 2021 39(16):2190–2200. Available at:,vivo%2C%20using%20the%20cell%20machinery. Last accessed August 2023.

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