15 July 2014
Mid- Norfolk Member of Parliament George Freeman has been appointed to the newly created post of Minister for Life Sciences, a joint role shared between the Department of Health (DH) and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
George Freeman became Government Adviser on Life Sciences to the then Minister of State for Universities and Science David Willetts in 2011, and was involved in the development and implementation of the Government's Life Science Strategy.
A strong proponent for patient empowerment, scientific and medical progress via big data typified by genome sequence and linked clinical data, he is well positioned with his new role to realise the Prime Minister’s ambition of harnessing the NHS and genomics as a source of revenue for the UK via Genomics England.
Via Twitter, Mr Freeman commented that he was ‘hugely honoured’ by the appointment which he said was intended to drive twenty-first century health innovation.
In the reshuffle of government posts ahead of the next election, Jeremy Hunt MP remains in place as Secretary of State for Health along with Daniel Poulter MP as Under Secretary of State for Health and Jane Ellison MP as Under Secretary of State for Public Health. However, Universities and Science Minister David Willets has stepped down with his role passing to Greg Clarke.