History of FAOBMB

The Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists (FAOB) was jointly founded on 1 August 1972 by the Australian Biochemical Society, the Society of Biological Chemists (India) and the Japanese Biochemical Society to promote the development of biochemistry in the Asian and Pacific Region. The first Executive Committee comprised Edwin C. Webb (President, Australia), Takashi Murachi (Vice-President, Japan), and N. R. Mougdal (Secretary-General, India).

The Federation became officially incorporated as a non-profit and tax-exempt association (FAOB Inc.) in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 8 December 1992 and undertook a change in name to Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (FAOBMB) Incorporated on 7 December 1993. FAOBMB is an Associate Organization of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB), with which it actively collaborates. The Federation’s logo, adopted in 1989 and modified in 1993 to include the change in name, reflects the dynamic nature of the FAOBMB and the continual flow of information of biochemistry between members, which consists of countries in both the Asian and Pacific region.

The Federation’s Constituent Members represent in excess of 20,000 active scientists. Honorary membership is bestowed on individuals who have given distinguished service to FAOBMB. The member societies are heterogeneous in respect of their history and academic capability, yet share equal partnership and responsibility in governance and the decision-making process.

Since the founding of FAOBMB, biochemistry and molecular biology have grown in importance not only as a focus of the health sciences but also as the basis of the biotechnology industry. It is doubtful if the original founders could have foreseen this rapid growth but they were correct in believing that many biochemists and molecular biologists in the Asia-Pacific region would benefit substantially from improved communication and collaborations between members and the encouragement of young scientists.

Past & Present presidents

Edwin C. Webb
Anthony W. Linnane
Kazutomo Imahori
Osamu Hayaishi
Bimal K. Bacchawat
Takashi Murachi
Jisnuson Svasti
Nadhipuram V. Bhagavan
Yasuhiro Anraku
William H. Sawyer
Lin Qi-Shui
Kyun Soo Hahm
Masamitsu Futai
Andrew H. J. Wang
Kiyoshi Fukui
Australia
Australia
Japan
Japan
India
Japan
Thailand
Hawaii
Japan
Australia
China
Korea
Japan
Taiwan
Japan
1972 – 1974
1975 – 1977
1978 – 1980
1981 – 1983
1984 – 1986
1987 – 1989
1990 – 1992
1993 – 1995
1996 – 1998
1999 – 2001
2002 – 2004
2005 – 2007
2008 – 2010
2011 – 2013
2013 – Current

Secretaries-General/Treasurers

N. R. Mougda
Takashi Murachi
India
Japan
1972 – 1975
1976

Secretaries-General

Mervyn G. Smith
Fyfe L. Bygrave
Kay Hoon Lee
Lin Qi-Shui
Khoo Hoon-Eng
John de Jersey
Phillip Nagley
New Zealand
Australia
Singapore
China
Singapore
Australia
Australia
1977 – 1979
1980 – 1987
1988 – 1993
1994 – 1999
2000 – 2005
2006 – 2011
2012 – Current

Treasurers

Serene Vimokesant
Jisnuson Svasti
Nadhipuram V. Bhagavan
Yasuhiro Anraku
Si Myung Byun
Kiyoshi Kita
Uhtaek Oh
Piamsook Pongsawasdi
Thailand
Thailand
Hawaii
Japan
Korea
Japan
Korea
Thailand
1977 – 1980
1981 – 1986
1987 – 1992
1993 – 1995
1996 – 2001
2002 – 2007
2007 – 2013
2013 – Current

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