Prof. Amos Bairoch is a pioneer in bioinformatics. Co-Founder of Swissprot and the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Amos Bairoch also contributed to the Data Library group of the EMBL, which has now become the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) and is co-responsible for the development of ExPASy the world’s first web site dedicated to protein molecular biology. Professor of Bioinformatics and Director of the Department of Human Protein Science at the University of Geneva, Amos Bairoch is head of the CALIPHO group of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. Until June 2009, Amos was head of the Swiss-Prot group which develops the Swiss-Prot knowledgebase as well as PROSITE, a database of protein families and domains and ENZYME, a database of information on the nomenclature of enzymes. Amos has been awarded several distinctions, the last of which is the HUPO Distinguished Achievement Award, in 2011.