The Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) Biobank and Cohort Building Network (BCNet) initiative arose from the realization that despite improvements in developed countries, population cohorts and biobanking facilities are either underdeveloped or non-existent in LMICs. In this context and in line with IARC’s mission to contribute to worldwide cancer research, BCNet was set up as an opportunity for LMICs to work together in a coordinated and effective manner and jointly address the many challenges in biobanking infrastructure, including ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSIs).

In addition, BCNet will facilitate the sharing of resources (e.g. expertise, protocols) and the development of joint projects, strengthening the competitiveness of LMIC biobanks in applying for international funding.

The purpose of this website is to share information between BCNet members and partners about ongoing and planned activities and programmes; to provide a medium for sharing guidelines, protocols, and standard operating procedures (SOPs); and to inform the public and the international scientific community about the goals of BCNet in order to identify and encourage new opportunities and foster collaboration.

Latest BCNet Newsletter: BCNetter #7 Sept 2018


GET Africa Newsletter Volume 1, September 2018

The Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium (GET) released its Newsletter on line.

!Register now! "MSc Biobanking" in Graz, October 2018

Registration for the distance learning Master course "MSc Biobanking" in English starting in October 2018 now open!

Publication of resources from BCNet Symposium, May 2018

Report and videos from the joint event IARC BCNet Symposium and B3Africa Training Workshop held in Nov-Dec 2017 now available on line.

Publication in Biopreservation and Biobanking, April 2018

Congratulations to BCNet authors Dr Ma'n H. Zawati et al for their ELSI article now published on line!

ISBER 2018 Awards for BCNet Contributors, March 2018

Congratulations to Drs Amany Abou Elfadel, Milcah Dhoro, and Marianne Henderson as ISBER 2018 awardees!

AESA Director at IARC, February 2018

IARC hosted the visit of Dr Thomas Maina Kariuki, Director of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA).