UK appoints five new innovation experts to drive post-Brexit technology boom


The UK government has appointed five, industry leading experts to make use of post-Brexit freedoms by driving innovation in cutting edge sectors that will be vital to Britain’s future growth.

The five new experts will work with the government’s chief scientific advisor, Sir Patrick Vallance, to review existing rules and develop a pro-innovation, regulatory approach.

The industry leaders aim to secure Britain’s position as a scientific powerhouse with a view to ensuring the 21st century’s Silicon Valley is based in the UK.

The new experts will seek to boost the UK’s growth in digital technology, green industries, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and the creative industries.

The plan is to transform Britain into the best regulated country in the world, with a view to giving industry and investors the regulatory certainty to drive innovation in the UK.

The experts will work with Vallance to identify barriers to innovation that hinder emerging technologies from getting to market.

“Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt said: “I want British firms to lead the world in turning fantastic science into new products and services – and we need to make sure government is doing everything we can to encourage innovation and competition.”

The appointments will see the head of the recently-launched Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA), Matt Clifford, work with the AI council’s Priya Lakhani to boost the UK’s digital industries.


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