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A dynamic and competitive health sector ecosystem
Health & life sciences
Key Advantages

Companies in Porto and in the Portuguese Northern Region are internationally recognized for their ability to research, develop, and manufacture a wide range of high-quality products and services, with high flexibility.

#1 -Vibrant and Innovative R&D Ecosystem

Porto is home to several world-class institutions and scientists, in areas such as neurosciences, cancer, immunology, regenerative medicine, and nanomedicine. Some examples are the Health Research and Innovation Institute (i3S) of the University of Porto, the largest of its kind in Portugal, and the Centre of Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBFQ), a State Associated Laboratory hosted by the Catholic University of Porto, that has established a bioengineering research centre to become an European Biotech Hub.

 University of Porto has two leading schools: the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Pharmacy. The University is part of the most prestigious worldwide R&D networks in the fields of biotechnology and healthcare, as a result of its joint programmes with MIT, University of Texas at Austin, Carnegie Mellon University, and Harvard Medical School. The University of Porto is also the largest scientific producer in Portugal in health and biomedical sciences, according to the 2022 CWTS Leiden Ranking.

Porto’s macro-region1
 has the largest number of graduates in Portugal in the field of Health and Life Sciences: around 7,500 students per year finish advanced studies, in areas such as medicine, nursing, therapy and rehabilitation, diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, among others.

Northern Region plus a part of the Center Region (comprising the districts of Aveiro, Coimbra, and Viseu)

#2 -High-quality Health System
Excellent professionals, modern equipment, competitive costs, and a growing number of awards and international accreditations are some of the reasons why Porto has a high-quality healthcare system. For instance, the two hospitals of the University of Porto (C.H. Porto and C.H. São João) are recognized as leading facilities in the country.

Top tier local R&D institutions and hospitals make Porto a competitive location for
 projects in specialized scientific, technological, and analytical services, as well as an attractive destination to conduct clinical trials. Porto is also an ideal destination for foreigners seeking high-quality healthcare services for health and wellness tourism, thanks to the geographical location of Portugal, the climate, and the culture and leisure options.

#3 -Available Incentives

In Porto, a broad range of incentives and business support measures are available for companies in the Health & life sciences sector. Use our Incentives guide tool to learn more.

You can also contact us directly to receive tailored support for your project.