In 1978 Dr. A Sattar Syed of the Industrial Physics Division of BCSIR initiated Biomedical Phyics research in the country by taking up a research on bone healing using electromagnetic stimulation, motivated by a TV programme showing the success of a US group in this area. Dr. Syed sought the help of his childhood friend, Professor M Shamsul Islam (died, April 2005)at the Department of Physics at Dhaka University who had some old valve based electronic oscillators, remnants of a Cosmic Ray research Laboratory set up by himself and his wife and colleague Professor Quamrun Nesa Begum. However, these devices did not turn out to be very useful. At that time Dr. Siddique-e Rabbani just joined the department after obtaining a Ph.D. in Microelectronics from UK. Due to his personal knack and interests he could design electronic gadgets and Dr. Syed and Prof Islam sought his help in designing a bone healing stimulator, a basic instrument for the bone healing work. Thus was formed a nucleus of a Biomedical Research group. Visualising the future importance and the role of the new subject, Professor Islam could motivate Dr. Rabbani in taking up research in this area seriously and organised an academic link programme with UK Universities under a British ODA sponsorship, managed by the British Council. This link exposed the scientists of Dhaka University to a vast new promising area and Dr. Rabbani soon became the key player in the research programmes. The capability of designing necessary electronic instruments indigenously made a great impact in the R&D effort. While many a research programmes in this country stop midway because of an expensive instrument going out of order, this never happened to this group since except oscilloscopes, signal generators and computers all special instruments were designed and made locally by Dr. Rabbani himself. After the end of the British link in 1992, the group consolidated in developing its own capability independently which paid back well. Now the group has innovations in three important areas, all of which will contribute significantly to the healthcare technology not only in the Third World, but in the economically advanced countries too. The above work led the foundation which justified the setting up of this new department, through a proposal of the Department of Physics in the year 2000.