International Institute of Biochemical and
Biomedical Technology

Biochemical and Biomedical Technology, The Expanding Field of Jobs and Careers

729 South Western Avenue, Chicago Illinois, USA, 60612



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Welcome to our website. We are the International Institute of Biochemical and Biomedical Technology or IIBBT for short.

We are a division of the International Foundation of Microbiology, a not for profit organization under section 501 (C3) of the IRS code.  The main aim of our parent organization is to provide public understanding of microbiology, so the public can deal with infectious and contagious diseases through knowledge and not through fear of microbes. Our basic belief is "germs don't produce disease, we do." We do so by our habits and lack of preventive knowledge giving them the upper hand to make us ill.

The other important aspect of microbiology, which is generally not realized, is that this the parent discipline from which the entire field of biomedical and biochemical technology emerged which is now the largest field of science growing by leaps and bounds since the mid fifties of the 19th century becoming a multi billion dollar industry affecting every aspect of our lives from birth to death.  This vast field now includes all the medical and paramedical professions from physicians, dentists and nurses to hospital orderlies to preventative medicine, rules and laws of public health, to pharmacists and veterinarians including all aspects of agriculture, environmental management, pollution abatement, water purification, waste disposal, and food preservation, and much more.  No aspect of our lives is outside of its domain and the field is growing at an unprecedented rate with no end in site.

Yet there is no way to systematically prepare for this vast field, not even by going to schools and colleges because there one gets bits and pieces of different areas of science and not the whole story complete with all the essential lab and analytical skills one needs to be fully functional and navigate within the entire field of biochemical and biomedical technology in a versatile and confident manner.

That is the kind of education the IIBBT provides.  We start from its very beginning of  Microbiology, as far back as 1670 but more specifically from 1888, which is the date of the founding of this discipline, and  then bring you step by step throughout its two hundred years of evolution into today, covering on the way, all the essential techniques concepts and skills of biochemical and biomedical technology.

Despite recent economic setbacks, this area continues to grow at a phenomenal rate, and is likely to continue even more so in the future with no end in sight. This is also the area where jobs currently exist and where more jobs are likely to be produced as time goes by.

IIBBT is the only educational center where you can get a head start and prepare for these jobs and careers. We can make that claim because by sifting sorting and integrating all that we have learned over the past two hundred or so years, we have not only been able to create a systematic curriculum for teaching science, but also ended up reducing it to a mere 150 simple concepts and skills, which if learned first take all the fear out of science, giving you confidence in yourself to steer ahead.

Come find out for yourself!

Our overall aims are:

1. to bring students systematically into the field of biochemical and biomedical technology
2. to popularize science by teaching it in a hands on fashion, thus removing the fear of science;
3. open doors to science and technology based careers;
4. to make people  “science literate” so they could make their day to day life decisions based on knowledge, not fear and hearsay.

We fulfill these aims by four means:

1. By offering basic and applied courses in science and in biochemical and biomedical technology (see educational programs). This is where we differ from conventional schools, colleges and universities. Our curriculum is not based on subjects such as chemistry, physics and biology but on 150 concepts and skills that SCIENTISTS USE TO DO SCIENCE. Science thus becomes a logical progression of applying concepts, skills and tools to know the known and to uncover the unknown. After learning and mastering the 150 concepts and skills, students find subjects such as chemistry, physics and biology not only logical and comprehensible but downright enjoyable. Our curriculum thus brings them into the main stream of science enabling them to function better in schools and colleges.

2. By aiding universities and colleges to revive hands on lab courses by making available, through our MINI CATALOGUES, just the essential supplies needed to teach a comprehensive lab course. This way a much larger percentage of students get exposed to science than we would be able to do on our own. Currently, we have a MINI CATALOGUE OF MICROBIOLOGICAL AND IMMUNOLOGICAL SUPPLIES. Other catalogues covering other subjects or disciplines will be forthcoming. To get your copy of the mini-catalogue of microbiology and immunology supplies and to see a summary of its contents click here.

3. By offering workshops to teachers and administrators explaining our concepts and skills’ based format of teaching science. This is one other way how we feel science can be popularized so more students can be brought and retained into science.

4. by community outreach to parents, students, social workers and concerned citizens. This we do: 

By public lectures; 
by establishing neighborhood discussion groups; 
by offering hands on workshops; 
by going to schools to explain our format of teaching science to students and teachers; 
by helping students with their science projects; 
by inviting students, parents and the general public to tour the Center and get to know science from our display labs and our tour guides.

The main advantage of our format of teaching is that it takes that feeling of “awe” out of science. Consequently, you no longer feel afraid of science. That anxious feeling of fear and panic which generally translates into “I am not good enough for science” gets replaced with a sense of assuredness and confidence. 

Simultaneously, those dreaded subjects of chemistry, physics and biology loose their “bite.” You not only feel confident of handling science in school and college but also in your day to day life. The euphoric feeling that you are not an outsider but an integral part of life that surrounds you is awesome and therapeutic so much so that we have dubbed it Technotherapy™ 

We believe that our consolidated curriculum for science consisting of 150 concepts and skills can make good things happen to most every one. The system is capable of awakening your true learning potential. 

Age seems to be no barrier. We have worked with students as young as 12 year old and as old as 75 and they have all learned remarkably well... 

Since we don’t divide science in subjects but tell the whole story coherently, our body, mind and soul get involved in the learning process. It is an exciting experience. There seem to be no barriers. High school or college drop outs seem to do just as well as those label “motivated”. 

Let me, therefore, invite you to browse through our website and then contact us. There are so many ways we can work together to guide and help you.

Riaz-ul Haque, PhD (Emeritus)
University of Illinois
Chicago, Illinois USA


Knowledge is your most important possession. Don’t loose it, build on it. 

Beware of information explosion. It is robbing us of our sense of discernment making you vulnerable. You can loose yourself faster in it than in the maze of mirrors in an amusement park.

Confusion, like knowledge is also contagious. The only difference is that it spreads faster and is harder to uproot.