Nicola has been on a #BrexitTour across her constituency, and is continuing this throughout the Election campaign- now more important than ever.
She brought Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, to Begbroke Science Park to attend a roundtable discussion with experts and business representatives from Oxford’s thriving life sciences sector and discuss the impact of Brexit and key priorities for this crucial industry.
Oxfordshire is one of the leading bio clusters in Europe with an estimated 180 companies in R&D and more than 150 companies in associated industries from drug discovery and development, diagnostics, medical devices, digital health, precision medicine and regenerative medicine. There are now over 10,000 employed in scientific R&D and healthcare related manufacturing and 25,900 employed in human health activities in Oxfordshire (6% of the population). The proportion in R&D is over four times the national average.
The Health Secretary was keen to hear from these innovative Oxfordshire companies about their ongoing work and discussions centred around skills retention in the sector, innovation in preventable diseases and how we can ensure scientists and businesses work better together. He also knows Nicola as a champion of the life sciences at the heart of Government, and credited her relentless commitment to science investment and enterprise.
Nicola says: It was great to be able to show off Oxfordshire’s life sciences experts here at Begbroke where we have seen so much Government investment, whilst also making case to the Secretary of State that we will continue to punch above our weight in terms of health and life sciences discovery with continued Government support. As Jeremy said, we must send the message that Britain is global and outward facing as we go in to Brexit negotiations. We are a bona fide regional Science Superpower and I am determined we will stay that way.