|Motto||Advancing Molecular Bioscience|
|Legal status||Not-for-profit organisation|
|Purpose||Biochemistry in the UK|
|7000 biochemists and molecular biologists|
|Biochemical Society Council|
It currently has around 7000 members, two-thirds in the UK. It is affiliated with the European body, Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS). The Society's current President (2016) is Sir David Baulcombe. The Society's headquarters are in London.
The society was founded in 1911 by Benjamin Moore, W.D. Halliburton and others, under the name of the Biochemical Club. It acquired the existing Biochemical Journal in 1912. The society name changed to the Biochemical Society in 1913.
The society makes a number of merit awards, four annually and others either biennially or triennially, to acknowledge excellence and achievement in both specific and general fields of science. The annual awards comprise the Morton Lecture, the Colworth Medal, the Centenary Award and the Novartis Medal and Prize. 
The Society's wholly owned publishing subsidiary, Portland Press, publishes books, a magazine, The Biochemist, and several print and online academic journals:
- Biochemical Journal
- Biochemical Society Symposia (online only)
- Biochemical Society Transactions
- Cell Signalling Biology
- Clinical Science
- Essays in Biochemistry
- Bioscience Reports
The Society's flagship publication, the Biochemical Journal, celebrated its centenary in 2006 with the launch of a free online archive back to its first issue in 1906.
- Goodwin, T. W. (1987). History of the Biochemical Society, 1911-1986. London: Biochemical Society. ISBN 9780904498219.
- Morton, Richard Alan (1969). The Biochemical Society: its history and activities, 1911-1969,. London (7 Warwick Court, W.C.1): Biochemical Society. ISBN 9780950197203.