Ed Mitchell is Head of Business Development at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France. He has spent over 20 years working with synchrotron radiation, firstly designing and operating X-ray stations for structural biology. After being General Manager for the international Partnership for Structural Biology in Grenoble, he coordinated the preparation phase of the 250MEuro ESRF Upgrade Programme (an ESFRI roadmap project). Since 2010, he manages the relations between ESRF and industry via the Business Development Office, which today earns over 2 MEuros annually via service and TT. He remains active in research with structural biology projects related to HIV and malaria. In 2011 he was made honorary professor at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of Keele University (UK). He is the coordinator of the European H2020 project “OPEN SESAME”, working with the Middle East Light Source “Sesame”, hosted in Jordan.