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Prof. Edward Mitchell

Head of Business Development, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility ESRF, Grenoble, France

Prof. Edward Mitchell is Head of Business Development at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility ESRF in Grenoble, France. He has spent 20 years working with synchrotron radiation, first as a scientist and then 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, which today participates in one third of the science done at the ESRF. He also manages the CALIPSO FP7 project work package on enhancing industrial use of European light sources and coordinates the Grenoble GIANT Innovations Campus international visibility.
Ed Mitchell obtained his BA in chemistry and DPhil in molecular biophysics at Oxford University, and is Honorary Professor in the EPSAM Research Institute of Keele University (UK). He is an author of 70 publications in international journals.

Funded by 19 countries, the ESRF is a world-leading research infrastructure facilitating academic and industrial research using X-rays to understand materials at the micro- and nano-scales. Four Nobel Prizes were awarded between 2003 and 2012 for research done in part at the ESRF.