Christmas is an important time of the year. Regardless of religion, cultural or spiritual beliefs, it is designed to provide rest and recovery with family and friends.
It is important to think about those who are less fortunate, those who for example have to celebrate Christmas alone, especially where it is not their choice.
We mustn’t forget all of those people who actually need to work during Christmas. At Edinburgh BioQuarter health and science campus we have truly inspirational nurses, doctors and healthcare staff caring for people at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Elsewhere the emergency services, public transportation, restaurants and shops keep going. The wheels do not stop spinning because it's Christmas. Everyone who happens to have the privilege of being together with their family should give a thought of gratitude to all those who make sure that we may feel good.
It has been an interesting and good year for Edinburgh BioQuarter. A partnership agreement has been signed between the four stakeholders: the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, Scottish Enterprise and the University of Edinburgh University. A Programme Team is in place and there is ongoing development at the campus - with more than £200 million invested in the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People and Department of Clinical Neurosciences, the Centre for Tissue Repair and through more office and lab capacity.
This is all great but for me the most important developments happen within the 20 SMEs based in Building Nine at Edinburgh BioQuarter. The founders, entrepreneurs, researchers and employees in those companies are the true heroes.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
See you in 2018.