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Theresa May backs Oxford science and research

Prime Minister takes Oxford representatives on trade trip to India

 Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Prime Minister Theresa May arrives in Bangalore on the final day of a three-day trade mission designed to pave the way for close commercial links with the south Asian giant after Brexit. Copyright: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The Prime Minister has praised Oxford as an 'epicentre of scientific endeavour' after she revealed a city firm joined her on her first trade mission to India this week.

Theresa May was joined by employees of Littlemore-based Oxford Nanopore, which has seen its DNA technology used on the International Space Station, as she delivered her post-Brexit ambition for Britain to trade beyond Europe.

The mission, which was set up to connect British and Indian businesses and boost hi-tech trade, was hosted by Mrs May and Indian PM Narenda Modi.

The Prime Minister said: "A company whose technology has been used in space doesn't need telling about the importance of aiming high.

"Oxford has long been an epicentre of scientific endeavour and Oxford Nanopore is a brilliant example of the innovative work British researchers are spearheading.

"It's fantastic that they are joining me on this trade mission.

"It will help showcase to India and wider international markets that the UK is at the forefront of cutting-edge science and technology."

Oxford Nanopore's work also includes disease research, food chain monitoring and personalised medicine and education, and is used to the benefit of scientific researchers in more than 50 countries worldwide.