The pan-European Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research Infrastructure – European Research Infrastructure Consortium (BBMRI-ERIC) improves the accessibility and interoperability of the existing comprehensive collections, either population-based or clinical-oriented, of biological samples from different (sub)populations of Europe. These collections include the attached data on factors such as health status, nutrition, lifestyle, and environmental exposure of the study subjects. Combined with the expertise of the clinicians, pathologists, bio-informaticians, and molecular biologists involved, a globally unmatched, Europe-wide platform for translational medical research is envisaged with the aim to develop personalized medicine and disease prevention for the benefit of European citizens.

Members: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Observer Countries: Cyprus, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, IARC/WHO

Team Members Contributing to the B3Africa Project

Jan-Eric Litton_176x219JAN-ERIC LITTON


I am Professor of Biomedical Computing Technology at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. I was appointed BBMRI-ERIC’s first Director General on 22 January 2014. I act as the chief executive officer and legal representative of BBMRI-ERIC and am responsible to the Member States. BBMRI-ERIC is today the largest infrastructure in Health in Europe with 19 Member States and 1 International Organisation (IARC).

What is your role in the B3Africa project?

As the Director General of one of Europe’s largest infrastructures in health, I ensure that the outcome of he project will be sustained and continue to develop after the project ends.

What is your vision for the project? What do you wish to contribute to by participating to this project?

BBMRI-ERIC has many obligations. One is to establish international relationships (BBMRI-ERIC Statutes Article 3). Furthermore BBMRI-ERIC is politically neutral and guided by the following values: pan- European in scope, combined with scientific excellence, transparency, openness, responsiveness, ethical awareness, legal compliance, and human values.


I am a social scientist by training and currently working for BBMRI-ERIC as Senior Project Manager and Chief Policy Officer of the Common Service ELSI. Experience in a series of national and international projects in the field of politicial science as well as interdisciplinary work.

What is your role in the B3Africa project?

Liaising and facilitating stakeholder engagement between European and African stakeholders.

What is your vision for the project? What do you wish to contribute to by participating to this project?

Exchanging knowledge, learning from each other’s experiences, building bridges.

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