July 13, 2018, SynoMC participated in the Edinburgh-Shenzhen Smart Innovation Week organized by the Shenzhen Creative Investment Group and Doctorate Association, and supported by the City of Edinburgh Council and the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government.  During the award ceremony held at the Wardolf Astoria Hotel, Dr Vincent Xie from SynoMC received the First Runner-up Award from the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Frank Ross, in the 2018 Creat in Edinburgh Competition.  The ceremony was witnessed by the Chinese Consul General in Edinburgh, Mr Xinchun Pan, the Deputy Director of Standing Committee of Bao’an District People’s Congress, Mr Xijin Su, and many other high-ranking delegates.  Dr Xie delivered a talk on ‘Innovative Non-viral Vector for Gene Therapy: Introduction of Minicircle DNA Platforms’, which was well received by representatives from established local institutions including NHS, Creative Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh.  He went on to spend some time in Scotland to explore business and collaboration opportunities, and there were apparently strong interests from the international research community.