AIBILI – Association for Innovation and Biomedical Research on Light and Image is a Research Technology Organisation in the health area dedicated to the development and clinical research of new products for medical therapy and diagnostic imaging. It is a private non-profit organisation, founded in 1989, established to support translational research and technology transfer in the health area. In 2019 AIBILI celebrates its 30th anniversary.
Clinical trials are performed in accordance with ICH Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice (GCP), European and national applicable legislations and regulations.
AIBILI is located at the Health Campus of Coimbra University since 1994 and has its own building with 15.296 sq. feet and state-of-the-art equipment. Regarding human resources it has a permanent staff of 45 including medical doctors, researchers, engineers, pharmacologists, technicians, trial and project managers, regulatory affairs, trial coordinators and administrative personnel. Another 60 individuals collaborate regularly on a part-time basis involved mainly in research activities.
The Champalimaud Foundation recognized in 2010 AIBILI as one of its C-TRACERs – Champalimaud Translational Centres for Eye Research.
The C-TRACERs focus on translational eye research as it strives to further the knowledge of vision in such a way that it can be readily applied to the patient.The C-TRACER Network is formed by Centres in Portugal, India and Brazil. The India C-TRACER is the L. V. Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad and the Brazilian C-TRACER is the Institute for Vision at the Federal University of S. Paulo at S. Paulo.
Ongoing joint research activities bringing together these institutions and the Department of Ophthalmology of the University Hospital of Coimbra are focused on predicting progression of diabetic retinopathy, stem-cell treatment of eye diseases and teleophthalmology and this way translating basic research to clinical research and enhancing the adoption of best practices in the community.
EVICR.net has a Coordinating Centre, AIBILI, who is responsible for the management of the Network, coordination of multinational clinical research studies as well as developing training activities.
The EVICR.net is a network of European Ophthalmological Clinical Research Centres, dedicated to perform multinational clinical research in ophthalmology with the highest standards of quality, following the European and International Directives for Clinical Research according to harmonized SOPs.
AIBILI is member of the Health Cluster Portugal (HCP) whose main objective is the promotion and implementation of initiatives and activities leading to the consolidation of a national cluster for competitiveness, innovation and technology in the health area. More information: www.healthportugal.com
AIBILI is an Interface Centre in the Health Sector of the National Technology Network. This recognition identifies AIBILI as the technology transfer centre acting as the facilitating partner between scientific institutions, enterprises and industry in order to bring novel products to the market.
More information: http://www.programainterface.pt/pt
EATRIS is a client driven, non-profit organization comprising European academic centers of excellence in translational research. EATRIS partner institutes support in bringing innovative ideas for novel preventive, diagnostic or therapeutic products towards first in human application and on to clinical proof of concept. EATRIS partner institutes provide services and expertise in the following areas: Advanced therapy medicinal products and biologics; Biomarkers; Imaging and tracing; Small molecules; and Vaccines.
AIBILI, with capacities for the Biomarkers and Imaging platforms, has been accepted as a member of the EATRIS Portuguese-Hub, led by INFARMED, and is in the process of integrating this European Network.
ECRIN-ERIC is a network dedicated to improving the health of patients and citizens across the world through clinical research. ECRIN-ERIC supports multinational collaboration in clinical research, acting through correspondents hosted in national clinical research hubs and networks. ECRIN is based on the connection of coordinating centres for national networks of clinical research centres and clinical trials units, able to provide support and services to multinational clinical research.
AIBILI, as Coordinating Centre of EVICR.net, a disease oriented network in ophthalmology for clinical research, is an Affiliate Partner of ECRIN-ERIC. Thus, EVICR.net serves as a resource to ECRIN-ERIC in the area of vision and ophthalmology multinational clinical research, particularly by providing scientific and medical expertise, access to patients and research capacity.
PtCRIN is the national clinical research network aiming to facilitate and improve quality in clinical research and to increase national and international research collaboration for the benefit of patients, citizens and the healthcare system. PtCRIN is the Portuguese member of ECRIN-ERIC.
AIBILI is a founding member of the PtCRIN.