James Mittra is an interdisciplinary social scientist with broad research and teaching interests in life science policy and innovation, with a specific focus on the R&D organisation, regulation, and governance of advanced technologies and therapies. Recently, he has begun to critically explore the concept of value (economic and non-economic aspects) in health-related innovation; particularly in the context of interdisciplinary and translational research where the distinction between public and commercial, and relationship between laboratory and clinic, has become blurred. He has developed these ideas in his first book, The New Health Bioeconomy, which was published in 2016. James is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies Subject Area at the University of Edinburgh, which is part of the School of Social and Political Science. From, January 2018, he will serve a 3 year term as Head of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies.