Mark Patterson was a researcher in genetics for 12 years before moving into scientific publishing in 1994 as the Editor of Trends in Genetics. After several years at Nature, where he was involved in the launch of the Nature Reviews Journals, he moved to PLOS in 2003. As the Director of Publishing until 2011, Mark helped to launch several of the PLOS Journals and was one of the founders of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. Mark is also a member of the UK Open Access Implementation Group. Mark is currently the Executive Director of eLife, a new open-access publication supported by the Wellcome Trust, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Max Planck Society.