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    Lee Rowley

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Visit updates Industry Minister of NPL’s Economic Impact

Feb 21 2022

During a recent visit to the National Physical Laboratory’s Teddington headquarters, Lee Rowley, UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Minister for Industry at the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and also MP for north-east Derbyshire met with and heard about multiple projects driving UK innovation, making the UK an attractive place to do business.  In the two-hour visit, with virtual attendance from NPL’s Huddersfield team, Rowley, met with and spoke to scientists engaged with multiple projects that are driving innovation, providing confidence to industry and making the UK an attractive place to do business.
Some of the current projects conducted by NPL include;

A collaboration with manufacturers and engineers in the north of England via NPL’s 3M Buckley Innovation Centre in Huddersfield, helping manufacturers and precision engineering firms make better measurements, characterise new and existing materials and support new technologies, including the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT 

Access to expertise for UK start-ups and scale-ups – NPL’s Measurement for Recovery (M4R) programme was developed to help UK companies gain access to the expertise and resources of the UK’s measurement science experts, to help them recover and innovate during COVID-19.
Cancer research – As part of Cancer Research UK’s Grand Challenge scheme, NPL leads a group of British and international multidisciplinary chemists, physicists, and biologists to develop reproducible, standardised methods to more fully and precisely map cancerous tumours as they develop or respond to treatment.
Advanced materials - NPL is continually developing new and enhanced instruments and measurement methods to improve the accuracy and reliability of existing measurement techniques used by science, industry, and academia.
“It has been fantastic to see how National Physical Laboratory (NPL) scientists and engineers are innovating in areas including advanced manufacturing materials, battery technology and cancer research. It is just this kind of world-leading research that puts the UK at the forefront of global research and development and shows why we are one of the best places in the world to do business,” Lee Rowley said.

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