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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. 

AIBILI has been officially recognized in 2017 by the Government of Portugal as an Interface Centre of the National Technology Network. This recognition identifies AIBILI as the technology transfer centre in the health area acting as the facilitating partner between scientific institutions, enterprises and industry in order to bring novel products to the market.

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 52 including medical doctors, researchers, engineers, pharmacologists, technicians, trial and project managers, regulatory affairs, trial coordinators and administrative personnel. Another 38 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:

  • 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: Quality Management Unit (UGQ), Translational Research and Technology Transfer Unit (UTT), Information Technology Unit (IT) and Data Centre, and finally, Administrative Services (SA).

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

In summary, the main goals of AIBILI are translational research and innovation converting basic research knowledge into practical applications in order to promote 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
  • Francisco Batel Marques
  • Conceição Lobo
  • Hospital CUF Coimbra / José de Mello Saúde


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


International Networking 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 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.

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C-TRACER - Champalimaud Translational Centre for Eye Research

AIBILI is recognized as a C-TRACER - Champalimaud Translational Centre for Eye Research by the Champalimaud Foundation for its activities in translational eye research.

This Network is of great relevance because it brings together under the Champalimaud Foundation three major eye research institutions in the world and creates links between three major continents: Asia, Europe and South America.

The C-TRACERs Network brings together the LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India, AIBILI and the Institute for Vision at the Federal University of S. Paulo at S. Paulo, Brazil.

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ECRIN - European Clinical Research Infrastructures 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, a disease oriented network in ophthalmology for clinical research, is an Affiliate Partner of ECRIN-ERIC. Thus, 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.

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EATRIS - European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine

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.

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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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