James Marcomic Maragia
Senior Medical Laboratory Officer, Ministry of Health
IFBA Certified Professional
Turkana County, Kenya
As the former young County Medical Laboratory Coordinator in Turkana County, Kenya, Mr. Marcomic has advocated for local and global biosafety and biosecurity implementation leading to his IFBA professional certification in Biorisk Management and Biosecurity. He has transformed and reinvigorated the biorisk management system in Turkana County and was instrumental in ISO 15189 and ISO 35001 implementation and accreditation across many laboratories despite emanating from a resource-limited setting. Throughout his lean leadership and management, Mr. Marcomic has provided an enabling environment for sustainable biosafety development at all levels and by all actors to bolster biosafety and biosecurity systems. He has successfully conducted and facilitated more than 100 biosafety and biosecurity trainings locally and globally, physically onsite, and virtually, translating to more than 3,000 participants benefitting from his readily shared knowledge and expertise.
Mr. Marcomic continues to collaborate with many partners, associations, counties, non-profit organisations, institutions and firms with a mission to bridge the biosafety and biosecurity knowledge gap, consequently creating a safe work environment. His passion and commitment to the academic arena, led to his involvement in developing a new undergraduate biosafety and biosecurity degree curriculum at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) aimed at bringing on board the youth and other progressive students to the dynamics of biorisk management. His ongoing activities have demonstrated that even in a resource-limited setting, biosafety and biosecurity can be strengthened by galvanising and catalysing sustainable, impactful, cost-effective and staff-led innovations.