The CNIO Foundation seeks to promote cancer research and scientific and health advances in this field. It researches the most basic aspects of cancer, such as the genes and cellular processes involved in cancer development and searches for new therapeutic strategies and drugs. It is one of the leading cancer research centres worldwide, according to rankings by independent institutions.
It collaborates with clinical oncologists and leads innovation by developing patents, collaborating with industry and creating spin-off companies. It also offers services to other scientists and support in cancer diagnosis and prognosis.