Jim Vaught spent 14 years at the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI), most recently as the Chief of the Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research Branch (BBRB) in the Cancer Diagnosis Program. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Georgia and Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Medical College of Georgia. His additional training and research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Michigan Cancer Foundation were in the areas of chemical carcinogenesis and drug metabolism. He has been working in the field of biorepository and biospecimen science for over 20 years. In 1999, he was one of the founding members of the International Society for Biological & Environmental Repositories (ISBER) and was its second president. He was involved in organizing and writing parts of the first edition of ISBER’s Best Practices for Repositories. In 2005, Dr. Vaught joined NCI BBRB and participated in the development of NCI’s Best Practices for Biospecimen Resources and the office’s other strategic initiatives. Since 2005 he has served as the NIH representative to the Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections, which was created by the Office of Science and Technology Policy. He serves on a number of biobank advisory groups including for the Telethon-Italy Genetic Biobank Network; the Stellenbosch University (Cape Town) H3-Africa Governance Advisory Panel; and the Biobanques Network (France) Scientific Board. In addition to ISBER, Dr. Vaught is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the European Society for Biopreservation & Biobanking and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. He is the author of nearly 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. From 2006 to 2012 he was Senior Editor for Biospecimens and Biorepositories for the AACR journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. In 2012 he became Editor-in-Chief of Biopreservation and Biobanking, the official journal of ISBER. In 2013 Dr. Vaught was the recipient of ISBER’s award for Outstanding Achievement in Biobanking.