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Technology and Innovation Political Roundup - 30 November

This week: #medicines #diagnostics #vaccines #Turing #AI #5G #digital #nucleardecommissioning #netzero2050 #SpendingReview #innovation #research


£20m to grow medicines manufacturing in the UK – Press release

Excerpt:

· New £20m fund to manufacture medicines and diagnostic equipment in the UK

· Fund will put the UK ahead in medicines manufacturing, creating economic opportunities and highly skilled jobs across the country

· Supports the government’s ambitions to build back better, ensuring greater resilience in UK medicines supply chains

Find out more.


The challenge of making vaccines faster – Innovate UK blog


Research boost of £20 million for new Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships – Press release


Government-backed 5G facility to be built in Oxfordshire – Press release

New testing facility to demonstrate the potential of 5G technology in the UK

Excerpt:

The engineering hub, set to be built by the IT and business consultancy CGI in ESA-ECSAT at the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire, is being backed by over £3 million of government investment. Providing a base for UK researchers and businesses to experiment, the new 5G hub will provide a testing facility that can show the benefits of hybrid 5G and satellite communications networks. Read more.


Oliver Dowden's opinion piece for The Telegraph on the Digital Markets Unit

The Digital Secretary discusses the government's new pro-competition regime for tech giants like Facebook and Google.


Innovation and the challenges of nuclear decommissioning – News story

Dounreay joins the Game Changers Programme with two clear challenges: to remove contaminated concrete from walls and floors of ponds and to detect organic residue in pipes and vessels. Read more.


Joint statement of the Zero Emission Vehicle Transition Council

A statement of commitment from the Zero Emission Vehicle Transition Council after its first meeting to accelerate the pace of the global transition to zero emission vehicles.


Summary of the 2020 Spending Review – Insight from House of Commons Library

Chancellor of the Exchequer – Spending Review 2020 Speech

Spending Review announcements for Scotland / Wales / Northern Ireland – Press releases

The role of the Dept for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in the 2020 Spending Review – news story


Useful links

UKRI

Innovate UK

Knowledge Transfer Network

The House – Parliamentary magazine


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