MP for Reading West praises “fantastic” facilities at Baylab
Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West has paid a visit to Bayer to learn more about the company’s vital life science work.
Mr Sharma was greeted by UK/Ireland head of Communications, Simon Greenstreet, and head of Health Government & Industry Affairs, Dan Beety, who gave him an insight into the company and the environment in which it operates before taking him into the Baylab to see how it is helping to promote science skills in school pupils.
As well as meeting Baylab manager, Emma Schierbaum, and her team, Mr Sharma was able to take part in a supervised experiment in the laboratory.
After his visit, he said: “I was delighted to visit the new Bayer headquarters and to have the opportunity to experience the new Baylab. It is a fantastic facility which is already making a big difference in encouraging local school pupils to better appreciate science.
”On the back of my visit, I will be writing to all local schools in my constituency encouraging them to take advantage of this brilliant resource provided by Bayer.”
Dan Beety said: “We had a valuable discussion about Bayer’s aspirations and the vital role we play locally and nationally, demonstrating our unique contribution to Reading through the Baylab, which underlines our commitment to youth and future employment prospects in life sciences.
“We covered crucial topics such as how Britain can ensure patients are able to access vital medicines following Brexit and our contribution to the Government’s flagship Industrial Strategy.”
Simon Greenstreet added: “It was a pleasure to show Mr Sharma around our new headquarters and Baylab. It is the beginning of establishing new relationships for Bayer in the Thames Valley and to show that we are proud to contribute to growth in the Thames Valley and as part of the UK economy.”
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