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MPs to showcase UK innovation and business in visit to the West Midlands

24 November 2021

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee will visit the West Midlands on Thursday 25 November to take oral evidence as it explores the role of technology, research and innovation in the UK’s recovery from covid-19, and the support that the sector requires to recover from the pandemic.

Purpose of the session

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee will visit the West Midlands on Thursday 25 November to take oral evidence as it explores the role of technology, research and innovation in the UK’s recovery from covid-19, and the support that the sector requires to recover from the pandemic.

Ahead of the evidence session, the Committee will undertake a visit in the local area.

The session will then explore regional and national research & development matters, including the Government's planned increases to R&D spending, and how science and technology can contribute to the region's economic recovery from covid-19.

Witnesses

Thursday 25 September

At 1pm

Panel one

  • Andy Street, Mayor, West Midlands Combined Authority;
  • Dr Clive Hickman, Chief Executive, Manufacturing Technology Centre; and,
  • Professor Simon Collinson, Director, City-Region Economic Development Institute (City-REDI), University of Birmingham.

Panel two, at approx. 2pm:

  • Tony Kinsella, Chief Executive, Lucideon;
  • Stephen Malone, Group CEO, Malone Group; and
  • Tom Bouchier, Managing Director, FANUC UK.

Panel three, at approx. 2.45pm:

  • Professor Martin Freer, Director, Energy Research Accelerator; and,
  • Professor Daniel Smith, Executive Director, Global Cell and Gene Therapy Portfolio, Cobra Biologics.

Further information

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