Speakers at ICG-13

Dr. Zisis Kozlakidis is Head of the Laboratory Services and Biobank Group at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC/WHO), in Lyon, France, and Past President of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER). The IARC Biobank is one of the largest, most varied, and richest international collections of samples in the world. It is publicly funded and hosts more than 50 different studies, led or coordinated by IARC scientists. The Biobank contains both population-based collections from research projects focusing on gene–environment interactions and disease-based collections which focus on biomarkers.


In addition, the IARC Biobank leads the Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) Biobank and Cohort Building Network (BCNet), as an opportunity for biobank institutions in LMICs to work together in a coordinated manner and jointly address the challenges in biobanking infrastructure, standard harmonization and the acquisition and maintenance of high-quality samples and data.


Dr. Kozlakidis served as the President of ISBER, and he has been involved in many global activities in biobanking. His ISBER presidency was instrumental in the closer collaboration between ISBER and CNGB, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations and the planning of many future joint activities. It is expected that this close collaboration will continue and strengthen with the WHO perspective, to the benefit of the global biobanking field.


Dr. Kozlakidis is a virologist, with a PhD in microbiology from Imperial College London. He is an elected Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, the Royal Academy of Sciences, UK, and a Turnberg Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences. Dr Kozlakidis has contributed to seminal studies in the adoption of innovations into routine healthcare, and their associated financial impacts. He holds an Executive MBA degree from Cass Business School, City University, London, and he is a co-founder of the City Healthcare Innovation Network, a conduit for providing and strengthening contacts between healthcare start-ups and financial institutions based in the financial district of London.
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