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Nick Clegg visits Begbroke Science Park

BSP welcomes Nick Clegg for tour

On 20 May 2014 Begbroke Science Park (BSP) was delighted to welcome Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg to tour the site. Nick Clegg was accompanied by Catherine Bearder MEP for South East England, Professor Alex Halliday, Head of the University of Oxford’s Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division and Dr Caroline Livingstone, BSP Manager. The tour formed part of Nick Clegg’s Oxfordshire visit ahead of local and EU elections.

Starting in Begbroke’s Institute of Advanced Technology Nick Clegg met with Professor Nik Petrinic, Head of the Impact Engineering Research Group, in BSP’s Impact Laboratory. Professor Petrinic explained how the group develops methodologies for the characterisation and modelling of the behaviour of materials under high dynamic loading, such as collision and explosion.

The Deputy Prime Minister also visited Dr John Anson, Oxford Gene Technology’s (OGT) Executive Vice President of Research and Development. Within OGT’s molecular genetics laboratories Dr Anson explained how they provide world-class genetics research solutions to leading clinical and academic research institutions.  The Deputy Prime Minister was keen to discuss OGT’s experiences of dealing with EU funding and was impressed to hear how OGT scientists are developing tests to help researchers profile both tumour samples and pathogens, using advanced DNA sequencing approaches.

Nick Clegg was also introduced to CEO John Catling and Chairman Michael Taylor of emerging SME, WheelRight. They described how their tyre pressure monitoring technology allows regular and accurate tyre pressure measurements and shared their vision of having the technology installed in all London bus depots. Nick Clegg commented on the potential CO2 emission savings delivered by WheelRight’s innovative technology.

The visit was rounded off with an interview with BBC News Political Editor, Nick Robinson.

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Ben Roeves