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 #9 Jun 2019


IARC new Biobank Learning platform, March 2019

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), BCNet partner, has launched the Biobank Learning platform, a freely accessible resource.

Biobanking with MASRI in BGICC 2019, January 2019

The Faculty of Medicine AinShams Research Institute (MASRI), BCNet member, leads biobanking in a major cancer conference.

GET Africa Newsletter Volume 1, September 2018

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

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.

ISBER 2018 Awards for BCNet Contributors, March 2018

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