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.