Dr Balwir Matharoo-Ball, Deputy Director of Nottingham Health Science Biobank (NHSB), has been elected President of the European, Middle Eastern and African Society for Biopreservation and Biobanking (ESBB), one of the most prestigious and influential roles in global biobanking. Dr Matharoo-Ball will formally take up her duties during the forthcoming Global Biobank Week in Stockholm.
Dr Matharoo-Ball joined the NHSB January 2011, shortly after it was established by the current Director, Dr Brian Thomson, and has made an invaluable contribution to establishing NHSB as one of the most innovative Biobanks in the UK with a national and international profile. Bal has been a member of ESBB since 2012, and was previously appointed Chair of the ESBBtranslate working group, where she has strongly promoted research collaboration between ESBB members and the global pharma/ biotech industry.
Dr Matharoo-Ball will now bring her unique combination of drive, exceptional organisational skills, and clear vision of academic and commercial partnership to her position as the President of ESBB. In this role, she will be ideally placed to maintain strategic links with the UK and create the strong partnerships with international and EU funded networks and industry necessary to deliver the ESBB vision of biobanking and linked data science as essential for advanced healthcare.