The Centre was established in 1966 as Post-graduate Institute of Chemistry (PGIC) and was gradually upgraded to become ICCBS (2004). It is a designated Centre of Excellence of OIC, TWAS, UNCSTD, WAITRO, and COMSATS.
The center’s focus areas are: organic chemistry, molecular medicine, herbal medicines, plant biotechnology, pharmacology, computational medicinal chemistry, bio-organic synthesis and natural product chemistry, electrochemical studies, petroleum and polymers, clinical biochemistry, neuropharmacology, and analytical chemistry.
A number of institutions and laboratories are working under the umbrella of ICCBS, which include HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry (HEJRIC); Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD); Professor Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman Laboratories (Formerly called Third World Center); Latif Ebrahim Jamal (LEJ) National Science Information Center; Biotechnology Wing; LEJ Nanotechnology Center; Industrial Analytical Center (IAC); Center for Bioequivalence Studies and Clinical Research; the Diagnostic Laboratory; the Biotechnology Laboratory; the Animal Houses Facility; and Jamil-ur-Rahman Center for Genome Research.
ICCBS has expertise in following fields: Technology Transfer; Medical Sciences; Diagnostic, Analytical and Clinical Testing; Proficiency Testing, Instrumental Calibration; and Chemical and Microbiological Analysis. The Centre has filed over 200 national and international patents. ICCBS has offered 10 post-doctoral fellowships for COMSATS Member States.
ICCBS is looking for collaborations in the fields of natural products, spectroscopy, nanotechnology, stem cell research, biomarkers identification, animal house management, genomics, climate and health, structural biology, virology, etc.