George Freeman

Conservative MP for Mid Norfolk

George was elected to Parliament in 2010 after a 15 year career in start-up Venture Capital in Cambridge, during which time he founded and raised over £50m for 5 high growth start-ups. In Parliament he has spoken and written widely on the potential of UK science, technology and entrepreneurship, and a trade shift towards the emerging ‘BRIC’ economies, to unlock a new cycle of sustainable economic growth. In July 2011 he was appointed Government Adviser on Life Sciences in the office of Minister of State for Universities and Science, Rt Hon David Willetts MP, and has been closely involved in the development of the Government’s Life Science Strategy and NHS Innovation, Health and Wealth report. He chairs the Innovation Economy Commission of the 2020 Conservatives (, and is leading an enquiry and Report for the Fresh Start Group on how the EU is holding back the UK Life Science sector. He is a frequent contributor in the national press, for titles as diverse as the Observer, Telegraph and New Statesman and through his Innovation Blog, on the need for structural reform in the UK public and private sector to release an ‘insurgent entrepreneurial renaissance’ to drive innovation, productivity, and investment in the jobs and businesses of tomorrow.