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On Friday June 2nd York Science Park welcomed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey, and Newcastle Upon Tyne Central MP Chi Onwurah to launch the party’s Industrial Strategy to a room full of invited guests.

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Mr Corbyn was in York to film a special edition of BBC Question Time alonsgside Teresa May in the Ron Cooke Hub at the University of York. In advance of filming he wanted to launch the industrial strategy and visit some innovative York businesses.

Following the launch, Mr Corbyn was given a tour of the Science Park Innovation Centre, where he met with a number of residents to hear about their businesses and the issues they face. 

His first visit was to Aptamer Group where he met CEO, Dr Arron Tolley, and CTO, Dr David Bunka. They discussed the company’s new venture into the development of aptamer drug conjugates and how Aptamer Group has grown at the Science Park from a small start up to a thriving biotech firm.

Dr Tolley says: “Mr Corbyn was interested in what our business does, the problems we face and issues surrounding access to highly skilled staff. We mentioned that being able to recruit from a global skills pool is beneficial to a company like Aptamer Group where we need highly trained individuals from the word go. We also discussed access to finance for innovation projects and how essential they are.”

Mr Corbyn and Ms Long-Bailey’s second visit was to the Biorenewables Development Centre, where Process Development Unit Manager, Dr Mark Gronnow, and his team met Mr Corbyn and Ms Long-Bailey to discuss their biorefining R&D work which is helping UK businesses to embrace the bioeconomy.

Dr Gronnow says: “Mr Corbyn and Ms Long-Bailey met with our team of specialists to talk about some our current projects turning plants and wastes into products. In particular, we discussed our funded programme which helps regional SMEs to access our services; as well as how government can help improve policy, including end-of-waste legislation.”
They then went on to meet the team at York Instruments, a firm specialising in magnetic measurements and their healthcare applications. York Instruments’ Chief Technical Officer, Professor Gary Green, said: "Mr Corbyn was interested to hear about the new MEG brain scanner being developed by York Instruments and especially how valuable it will be assessing patients with concussion injuries."

Tracey Smith, CEO of York Science Park, says: “We are always pleased to help put York businesses on the map, and this visit showcased examples of some of the incredible, innovative work being carried out by residents. We seek to support businesses working in Yorkshire and welcome any politicians or visitors that would like to come and see some of our remarkable residents. ”

We are always pleased to help put York businesses on the map, and this visit showcased examples of some of the incredible, innovative work being carried out by residents. We seek to support businesses working in Yorkshire and welcome any politicians or visitors that would like to come and see some of our remarkable residents.
Tracey Smith - CEO York Science Park
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