About Us

The Institute for Health and Bioeconomy (i4HB) is a strategic partnership between 3 leading research units:

  • iBB - Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences (IST, Universidade de Lisboa)
  • INESC-MN - Institute for System Engineering and Computers - Microsystems and Nanotechnologies
  • UCIBIO - Applied Biomolecular Sciences Unit (NOVA University of Lisbon & University of Porto)

i4HB is anchored in strong scientific and technological competences in Health and Bioeconomy, and committed to make a difference and leverage National and International policies in these emergent priority areas.


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i4HB vision is aligned with three strategic objectives:
  1. Promote and secure scientific employment by actively supporting excellent advanced training of human resources and by fostering the attraction and retention of talent in Portugal;
  2. Prioritize internationalization of R&D and exploitation activities through the increase and diversification of international and private funding sources;
  3. Reinforce excellence and impact in R&D through strategic, strong collaborations and partnerships with the private sector, public or private institutions, in a continuous support of public policies.
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Financed by national funds from FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P., in the scope of the project LA/P/0140/2020 of the Associate Laboratory Institute for Health and Bioeconomy - i4HB.
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