Since January 1, 2011, the current LA-ITQB is a successor of a previous, smaller consortium, signed in 2001, between ITQB, IBET, and a few groups of IGC, which, in turn, constituted one of the first Laboratórios Associados in Portugal. In its present form, it is now a much wider partnership involving the Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológia (ITQB-UNL), the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC), the Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica (IBET) and the Centro de Estudos de Doenças Crónicas (CEDOC-UNL).
It is at present one of the broadest in scientific expertise, spanning from Chemistry to Medicine, i.e., from “the molecule to the clinical”.
Coordinator: Cláudio M. Soares (ITQB Director)
Statistical highlights 2011
350 PhD holders (including post-docs)
Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica (ITQB) is a research and advanced training institute of Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Its mission is to carry out scientific research and postgraduate teaching in chemistry, life sciences, and associated technologies, while also serving the community and performing university extension activities for the promotion of science and technology. ITQB’s highly multidisciplinary nature makes it a leading centre for advanced training of researchers in Portugal.
Supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, IGC 's activities are focused on biomedical research, particularly those related to the genetic basis of development and evolution of complexe systems, namely, Developmental Biology and Evolution, Genetic Susceptibility of Complex Diseases (diabetes, lupus and autism) and Infections, Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Response to Stress, Control of Cellular Cycle and Genetic Expression, Immunity Tolerance and the development of new Strategic Vaccines.
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Situated in the same building of ITQB, IBET is a private non-profit organisation. It is a platform for University-Industry collaboration in the area of Biotechnology. Its pilot plant infra-structure is certified as "current Good Manufacturing Practices" and three of its services are certified "Good Laboratory Practices". These constitute a unique group at the national level. IBET has a long track-record of collaborative Research and Development in areas such as Biopharmaceutical Products, Vaccine Development, Medical and Veterinarian Diagnosis, Production of purified protein for research of Structure-Function relationships, Starter Cultures of Micro-organisms, and Supercritical Fluid Extraction. IBET also has an important role as a base for start-up companies.
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The CEDOC is a Research Centre established in 2007 which aims at excellence in medical research on chronic diseases. It is divided into three main research groups: Biomedical and Translational Research; Clinical Research; and Epidemiology, Health Policy and Services. Laboratories are located at the main campus of Campo Santana in central Lisbon, as well as at both hospitals associated to the medical faculty (FCM-UNL) and a newly refurbished space at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência campus.
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|The Associate Laboratory is financially supported by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia|