The scale and nature of the financial crisis facing Britain is a symptom of deep underlying problems of competitiveness and productivity affecting all the ageing democracies of the West. Ageing societies, bureaucratic public services, creaking infrastructure and the structural deficits they lead to demand bold solutions. We cant borrow our way out of this debt crisis. We need to trade our way out, by selling to the rest of the world the know how, innovation, and advanced products and services that (only) we can produce. To do that we need to unleash a renaissance of innovation and enterprise – to reform productivity in our public services and create new markets and opportunities for UK plc. Especially with the emerging BRIC economies. As in business, crisis is an opportunity. We don’t just need a Government for Business, we need a more Businesslike Government. By unleashing the ‘little platoons’ of entrepreneurs and innovators with new ways of delivering value we can use the modernisation of our creaking public services and infrastructure to make Britain once again the place the rest of the world comes to for solutions to the big challenges of sustainable development facing nations across the world. Welcome to my blog, where I aim to provide a bold commentary on how the scale of the crisis facing ageing democracies like Britain, and how bold reforms and innovations can get us out of the hole.
Conservative MP George Freeman, newly elected after a 15 year career in bioscience, was appointed last year by the Prime Minister and Rt. Hon. David Willetts MP as Life Science Adviser to the Government. In this role he has been closely involved in the development of the Government's Life Science strategy announced by the PM in December 2011. He is also Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology in Agricultural Science.
Appointed PPS in the first round of appointments following the election in 2010, in the Sept 2012 reshuffle he was re-appointed Government Life Science Adviser, working closely with David Willetts MP the Minister for Science and the Office of Life Sciences to help develop the Governments ambitious proposals to develop the UK’s Medical and Agri-Food science sectors.
George is a co-founder of the 2020 Group of Conservative MPs, where he chairs the Innovation Economy Commission, and is a passionate advocate of the importance of the UK science base in driving an innovation economy.
George was elected to Parliament in 2010 for the constituency of Mid Norfolk after a successful career in biomedical venture capital. He had spent most of his career in and around the Cambridge cluster supporting high tech growth businesses. For the seven years prior to being elected he was Founder and Chairman of the specialist translational medicine consultancy 4D Biomedical Ltd. Prior to that he was CEO of Cambridge start-up Amedis Pharmaceuticals, and before that the Director of Early Stage Ventures at Merlin Biosciences.
In recent years he has developed a growing interest in the potential of UK agricultural and plant science, and served as an adviser to the Norwich Research Park and non Executive Director of Elsoms Seeds.
He has spoken and written widely on the potential of UK science, technology and entrepreneurship to lead a sustainable economic recovery.