Markus Pasterk was born in Klagenfurt, Austria and studied Molecular Biology at the University of Vienna, where he received a M.Sc. degree in 1994. Early in his career he decided to change from research to research management. In 2001 Markus Pasterk was promoted Director of the newly created Division ‘Life Sciences’ within the Austrian Ministry of Science, with responsibilities of Life Sciences research, in particular genomics, biotechnology and medical research. He became the Austrian delegate to the programme committee of the ‘Life Sciences, Genomics and Biotechnology for Health’ Programme of the 6th EU-Framework Programme. He was also responsible for Austria’s international research infrastructure memberships like EMBL and EMBC. He progressed to become the first full-time Deputy Director General for Research in the Ministry of Science in Austria and then to be Scientific Coordinator at the International Agency for Research on Cancer. From the establishment of iPRI in April 2009 to December 2013 Markus Pasterk has been Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Science, at the International Prevention Research Institute. In December 2013 he has resigned from his position at iPRI to take up the key position of Administrative Director at the new BBMRI-ERIC based in Graz in his native Austria. Markus made a great contribution to establishing iPRI as a leading Research Institute.