Baroness Nicola Blackwood
Nicola is an established leader in health innovation policy and entrepreneurship having over a decade of experience in the public and private sector. She is now Chair of Genomics England, a Member of the House of Lords Science & Technology Select Committee, Trustee of the Alan Turing Institute and Hon. Professor of Science and Public Policy at UCL. Nicola served as Minister for Innovation in the Department for Health and Social Care (UK) under two Prime Ministers where she led on Lifesciences, NHS Data and Digital Transformation and Global Health Security. She was the first female MP for Oxford and she was elected by MPs of all parties to Chair the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee. Nicola remains the youngest ever select committee chair in British history and the only woman to have held in that position. Nicola’s career reflects an abiding belief that science, innovation and access are mission critical to solving our greatest global challenges.