At the June meeting of the Board of CK-CARE AG, in line with its rotation policy, the Board advised on who would take up the position of Speaker of CK-CARE. Professor Thomas Bieber (Bonn) was newly nominated, having taken over this office from his predecessor Professor Cezmi Akdis as of 1st July 2015. Professor Peter Schmid-Grendelmeier (Zurich) was elected Deputy Speaker.
Building up a proper Governance through accountable mechanisms is key to foster trustworthiness and the pre-requisite for the appropriate use of biological resources. Our CK-CARE Biobank has recently been awarded by Swiss Biobanking Platform (SBP) with the VITA Label, which demonstrates compliance with the applicable legal and ethical framework. This labelling approach is part of our long-term strategy to strengthen biobanking practices and provide high-quality samples to the research community.