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About Us

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 2014 AIBILI celebrated its 25th anniversary.


AIBILI is ISO 9001 certified for the following activities:

  • performance of clinical studies
  • planning, coordination, monitoring of clinical research activities
  • health technology assessment
  • grading of eye exams
  • research and development in new technologies for medicine in the areas of imaging, optics and photobiology
  • preclinical studies of new molecules with potential medical use
  • data centre activities

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.

 AIBILI is organized in Research Centres and Organizational Units.

 The Research Centres are:

  • Coordinating Centre
  • Coimbra Coordinating Centre for Clinical Research (4C)
  • Clinical Trial Centre (CEC)
  • Centre for New Technologies in Medicine (CNTM)
  • Coimbra Ophthalmology Reading Centre (CORC)
  • Centre for Health Technology Assessment and Drug Research (CHAD)

Organizational Units are the Administrative Services (SA), the Quality Management Unit (UGQ), the Translational Research and Technology Transfer Unit (UTT), the Information Technology Unit (IT) and the Data Centre (DC).

AIBILI also provides Data Centre services by the Information Technology Unit (IT) and 4C.

In summary, the main goals of AIBILI are innovation and translational research that is to convert basic research knowledge into practical applications to enhance human health and wellbeing. It is important to realize that translational research has complementary domains:

  • the “bench to bedside” - translating knowledge from the basic sciences into the development of new treatments (basic research to clinical research)
  • translating the findings from clinical trials into everyday practice.

AIBILI has progressively developed as an infrastructure for clinical eye research. This resulted from the need to coordinate and support the European Vision Institute Clinical Research Network – The rapid and continued growth of served as driving force. AIBILI, in its 25th anniversary, assumes a leading role in European Clinical Research in Vision and Imaging, bringing together academic institutions and industry, to improve diagnostic, prevention and treatment strategies in vision and enhance human health and wellbeing.


AIBILI Members

Honory Members:

  • Universidade de Coimbra
  • FLAD - Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento
  • Fundação Champalimaud

Founding Members:

  • IAPMEI - Instituto de Apoio às Pequenas e Médias Empresas e à Inovação
  • José Cotta - EMS, S.A.
  • José Cunha-Vaz
  • Laboratório EDOL - Produtos Farmacêuticos, S.A.
  • Biofísica da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Coimbra
  • Dermatologia dos Hospitais da Universidade de Coimbra
  • Farmacologia da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Coimbra
  • SUCH - Serviço de Utilização Comum dos Hospitais

Other Members:

  • Alcon Portugal - Prod. e Equip. Oftalmológicos, Lda.
  • BIAL - Portela & Cª., S.A.
  • Centro de Oftalmologia da Universidade de Coimbra
  • Laboratórios Pfizer, Lda.
  • Novartis Farma, S.A. – Ophthalmics


AIBILI Board of Directors (2017-2020)

  • José Cunha-Vaz, President
  • José Cotta - EMS, SA (Rep. Conceição Lobo), Vice-President
  • BIAL - Portela & Cª, SA (Rep. Tice Macedo)
  • Fundação Champalimaud (Rep. António Parreira)
  • Laboratório EDOL - Produtos Farmacêuticos, S.A. (Rep. Gonçalo Pimpão)
  • Serviço de Dermatologia do Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra (Rep. Américo Figueiredo)
  • Francisco Batel Marques


Azinhaga Sta. Comba, Celas
3000-548 Coimbra

Geographical coordinates:
40º 13' 06,24" N
8º 24' 54,83" O

Telephone: +351 239 480100

Fax: +351 239 480117


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