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CaSE welcomes George Freeman as new Science, Research and Innovation Minister

17 Sep 2021

The new Science Minister was Life Sciences Minister under previous governments and has spoken widely on the potential of Britain’s science and innovation economy.

Commenting on the appointment, CaSE Executive Director Prof Sarah Main said: 

“I’m delighted to welcome long-standing champion for R&D George Freeman into the role of Science Minister as the UK seeks to cement its place as a science superpower. He has significant experience of working in the biomedical and life science sectors and also as the Life Sciences Minister under the coalition Government.  

The Minister comes into the role at a pivotal time with the UK Government promising to deliver significant increases to public investment in R&D in the upcoming Spending Review. UK science has been crucial in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic and strengthening UK science, research and innovation is an essential part of increasing productivity and prosperity across the country. 

I am looking forward to working with him to draw up the long-term plans needed to ensure the full benefit of increased investment in R&D is realised right across the UK.”  

About George Freeman MP 

George Freeman MP was previously Life Sciences Minister for two years from 2014 – 2016. He has also served as a Transport Minister and as Chair of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board under Theresa May. He has written and spoken widely on the potential of Britain’s science and innovation economy to support a sustainable economic recovery and unlock trade and inward investment opportunities in fast-emerging global markets. He has recently written about the role that research and innovation can play in supporting Mid Norfolk. 

Before entering the House of Commons in 2010 as MP for Mid-Norfolk, Mr Freeman worked for the National Farmers Unions and as a medical technology entrepreneur. 

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