The original name of the International Society of Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology (ISBAB) was International Society of Biocatalysis and Biotechnology (ISBB). ISBB was established on December 6, 2006 after two successful international symposia; "Biocatalysis and Biotechnology: Functional Foods and Industrial Products" in October 2015 and "Biocatalysis and Bioenergy" at the National Chung Hsing University (NCHU), Taichung, Taiwan on December 6, 2006. In 2010, ISBB expanded its scope and its Board decided to change its society name to ISBAB (http://www.isbab.org).
ISBAB has become well-known in the world scientific community with many successful meetings in Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, USA, Slovak Republic, Canada, and Hong Kong. After each symposium, a book is published. 2005 on “Handbook of Industrial Biocatalysis” by CRC Press; 2006 on “Biocatalysis and Biotechnology for Functional Foods and Industrial Products” jointly published by AOCS Press and CRC Press; 2007 on “Biocatalysis and Bioenergy” by John Wiley & Sons; 2008 on Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology” by CRC Press, and 2009 on “Biocatalysis and Biomolecular Engineering” by John Wiley & Sons.
In 2009, ISBB Board decided to launch its official journal “Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology (BAB)” initially as “ISBB Special Issues” in New Biotechnology before it has its own official journal. The first issue of “ISBB Special Issues” was published in October 2009. Since then we have successfully published eight ISBB Special Issues in New Biotechnology. The new journal BAB had its first issue in January 2012.
The new journal BAB is devoted to all areas of biocatalysis and agricultural biotechnology in which biological systems are developed and/or used for the provision of commercial goods or services. Biocatalysis defined here include enzyme catalysis, biotransformation, bioconversion, fermentation, genetic engineering and product recovery. The journal will publish peer-reviewed basic and applied research papers in the form of either full paper or short communication, authoritative reviews, and feature articles. The scope of the journal will encompass research, industrial and commercial aspects of biotechnology, including the areas of: biocatalysis; bioprocesses; foods; agricultural biotechnology; genetic engineering; molecular biology; analytical biotechnology; chemical biotechnology; plant biotechnology; microbial biotechnology; environmental biotechnology; systems biology; protein technologies and commercial enzymes; tissue and cell engineering; healthcare and pharmaceuticals; biomedical; biofuels; genomics; nanotechnology; environment and biodiversity; and bioremediation.
In 2010, ISBAB Board approved to elect ISBAB Fellows to honor their scientific achievements and also established “World Academy of Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology” (WABAB) to accommodate ISBAB Fellows. The first ISBAB Fellows (WABAB members) were elected in May 2011.