We have prepared a list of the main Contract Research Organizations – CRO in Portugal as well as some useful information regarding those CROs.

We hope it is interesting for you and if any of the below information may have changed or is there any other CRO in Portugal, that is not listed, please don’t hesitate to contact us in order to include the information provided.

List of main CROs in Portugal:


Contact information:

Location of the CRO in Portugal:

Rua de Ceuta, N 118-1º 4050-190 Porto (Portugal)

Company size: 11 – 50 employees

Headquarters: León, Spain

Founded: 2007

Specialties: Early Phases Clinical Trials, Observational studies, Ophthalmology Clinical Studies, Phase III Clinical Trials, Food studies, Regulatory and EC approval, Pharma Outsourcing, Clinical studies monitoring, Data Management, Pharmacovigilance

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    Contact information:

    Location of the CRO in Portugal:

    Edifício Prof. Doutor José Cunha-Vaz
    Azinhaga Sta. Comba, Celas
    3000-548 Coimbra, Portugal

    Company size: 51-200 employees

    Headquarters: Coimbra, Portugal

    Founded: 1989

    Specialties:

    Clinical Research, Academic CRO, Clinical Trials, Investigator logistical support, Ophthalmology Reading Centre, Ophthalmology Imaging Technologies, Health Technology Assessment, Market Access, Drug Safety, and Data Centre


    Contact information:

    Location of the CRO in Portugal:

    Avenida Villagarcia de Arosa 1919, 1º
    4460-439 Senhora da Hora, Matosinhos
    Portugal

    Company size: 51-200 employees

    Headquarters: Matosinhos, Portugal

    Founded: 2012

    Specialties:
    Phase I Studies in Healthy Volunteers, Early Stage Studies in Selected Populations of Patients , Consultancy Services in Drug Clinical Development, and Full-service CRO for Clinical Studies in Patients


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    Contact information:

    Location of the CRO in Portugal:

    AIDFM Av. Prof. Egas Moniz, Piso 01
    1649-028 Lisbon
    Portugal

    Company size: 11-50 employees

    Headquarters: Lisbon, Portugal

    Founded: 2013

    Specialties: Scientific Consulting & Advisory, Medical Writing & Translation, Clinical Study Management & Monitoring, and Regulatory Affairs


    Contact information:

    Location of the CRO in Portugal:

    Galerias Alto da Barra
    Avenida das Descobertas, 59 – Piso 3
    2780-053 Oeiras
    Portugal

    Company size: More than 10,000 employees

    Headquarters: Burlington, North Carolina, United States

    Founded: 1996

    Specialties:
    Drug Development Services, Toxicology Services, Central Laboratory Services, Clinical Trial Management Services, Clinical Research, Phase I-IIa, Phase II-III, Preclinical Solutions, Cardiovascular, Oncology, Market Access, Rare Disease, Orphan Drugs, Biotech, Pharmaceuticals, Crop Protection, Clinical Trial Optimization, Market Access, Clinical Trials, Biologics, Cell and Gene Therapy, Pharmacovigilance, NASH, Infectious Diseases, Drug Testing, CRO, Immuno-Oncology, Commercialization, Pediatrics, Kidney Disease, Inflammation, Life Sciences, Bioassays, Bioanalysis, Biologics, Large Molecule, and Small Molecule


    Contact information:

    Location of the CRO in Portugal:

    Rua Tierno Galvan, Torre 3, Piso 16, Lisbon, Portugal

    Company size: 5001-1,000 employees

    Headquarters: Covington, KY, United States

    Founded: 1999

    Specialties: Feasibility, Regulatory Affairs Study Start-Up, Clinical Project Management, Clinical Monitoring, Medical Monitoring, Safety & Pharmacovigilance, Biometrics, Quality Assurance, Clinical Systems, Training & Development


    Contact information:

    Location of the CRO in Portugal:

    Lagoas Park
    Edifício 3 – Piso 3
    2740-266 Porto Salvo, Portugal

    Company size: More than 10,000 employees

    Headquarters: Danbury, CT and Durham, NC, United States

    Founded: 2016

    Specialties: echnology, Consulting, and Clinical Development


    Contact information:

    Location of the CRO in Portugal:

    Edifício Premium Espaço

    Al. Fernão Lopes, nº16A
    7º Andar, Escritório 1
    1495-190 Miraflores, Portugal

    Company size: 11-50 employees

    Headquarters: Miraflores, Angés, Portugal

    Founded: 1999

    Specialties: Health, Epidemiological Studies, Clinical Trials, Observacional Studies, Biostatistics, Medical Writing, Data Management, Registry studies, Advisory Boards, and Health Communication


    Contact information:

    Location of the CRO in Portugal:

    CEDOC – Centro de Doenças Crónicas da NOVA Medical School
    Rua do Instituto Bacteriológico, nº 5, 5-A e 5B
    Edificio Amarelo – 2º piso
    1150-190 Lisbon, Portugal

    Company size: 11-50 employees

    Headquarters: Lisbon, Portugal

    Specialties: Protocol Development, Clinical Trial Management, ICH-GCP Monitoring and Medical Monitoring, Medical Writing, Clinical Trial Submission, Pharmacovigilance, Data Management, Biostatistics


    Contact information:

    Location of the CRO in Portugal:

    Clinical Center
    Avenida Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, nº 24 A – 1750-182 Lisbon, Portugal


    Head Office
    Rua do Centro,23- 2240-300 Casal de Sta Iria, Chãos, Ferreira do Zêzere, Portugal

    Company size: 11-50 employees

    Headquarters: Lisbon, Portugal

    Founded: 2011

    Specialties: Cosmetic trials, Efficacy studies, Safety studies, In vivo, and Raw materials


    Contact information:

    Location of the CRO in Portugal:

    Rua Prof. J. Mineiro 16-1A
    2730-146 Lisbon,
    Portugal

    Company size: 51-200 employees

    Headquarters: Madrid, Spain

    Founded: 2001

    Specialties: oncology, Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Operations, Patient Journey, Data Management,
    Biostatistics, Medical Services,
    Pharmacovigilance,
    Quality Assurance


    Contact information:

    Location of the CRO in Portugal:

    Avenida da Liberdade, 180 A, 4° Dt
    1250-146 Lisbon
    Portugal

    Company size: More than 10,000 enmployees

    Headquarters: Wilmington, NC, United States

    Founded: 1985

    Specialties: clinical research, drug development, CRO, patient recruitment, laboratory, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, biopharma, biopharmaceutical, consulting, therapeutics, Functional Service Partnerships, consulting, Early Development, Post-Approval, medical writing, drug information, pharmacovigilance, biostatistics, and bioanalytical


    Contact information:

    Location of the CRO in Portugal:

    Head Office: Rua Dr. Afonso Cordeiro, nº 877 – sala 201 4450-007 Matosinhos, Portugal

    Office (Lisbon): LISPOLIS – Centro de Investigação e Desenvolvimento (CID) Estrada do Paço do Lumiar 44, Lote 01 1600-546 Lisbon, Portugal

    Company size: 2 -10 employees

    Headquarters: Matosinhos, Portugal

    Founded: 2012

    Specialties: Medical Writing, Clinical Data Management, Biostatistics, Contract Research Organization, Investigator Initiated Research, Study Start-Up, Clinical Operations, Clinical Research, Clinical Trials, Epidemiology, CDISC, SAS Programming, Scientific Consultancy, Medical Translations, Medical Communication, Training in Clinical Research, Statistical Programming, SDTM, Clinical Monitoring, and Regulatory Start-Up (in Portugal)


    Contact information:

    Location of the CRO in Portugal:

    Ave. D. João II, 42, Building Mythos, Office 204 Parque das Nações 1990-095 Lisbon, Portugal

    Company size: More than 10,000 employees

    Headquarters: Morrisville, NC, United States

    Founded: 2017

    Specialties: CRO, Clinical Trials, and Commercialization


    Contact information:

    Location of the CRO in Portugal:

    Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo, 31, 7ºB, Lisbon, 1050-117, Portugal

    Company size: 11- 50 employees

    Headquarters: Lisbon, Portugal

    Founded: 2014

    Specialties: Clinical Studies Development & Monitoring, Clinical Trials & Non-interventional Studies, Statistics, Medical Writing, Data Management & Programming, Clinical Research & Behavioural Training, Resourcing, Pharmacovigilance, Advisory Boards, and Marketing Consulting


    Main reasons to chose Portugal to conduct your clinical studies

    We know what is important for you when choosing the countries for the development of your clinical trial. So, we would like to share with you some important data about Portugal so you can decide if it fits your needs. 

    1. High quality teams

    The first thing you should know about Portugal is that it is a small country full of talents. There you can find very competent investigators supported by highly qualified teams able to provide quality data.

    2. Target population

    If you are wondering if Portugal has the target population you are looking for, we can tell you the experts believe that oncology, neurology, rare diseases and advanced therapy are the therapeutical areas with more potential to grow in Portugal in the next few years, either because of the high competence of the Portuguese researchers or due to the low number of patients needed.

    In the graph you can check the percentage of clinical trials submitted in Portugal by therapeutic area between 2014 and 2017 according to the report of PWC “Ensaios Clínicos em Portugal”.

    Clinical trials Portugal by therapeutic areas

    3. Enrolment

    In Portugal, patients are very receptive to be enrolled in clinical trials due to the good relationship they have with clinical investigator. This relationship increases patient’s confidence and therefore retention of recruited patients. However, due to the inexistence of an integrated system to disclose clinical trials taking place inside and outside of the institutions, results in slow and reduced recruitment rates.  

    4. Approvals

    Typically, the speed of approval is one of the main criteria taken into account by the pharmaceutical industry to select a country to carry out their clinical trial. The perception of the industry is that Portugal does not have an approval time as competitive as other European countries.

    In 2019 the CEIC (EC) needed on average 71.1 working days to issue the final opinion while INFARMED (CA) needed 23 working days to issue the final decision.


    If you think that Portugal fulfils the requirements to receive your clinical trial, you can of course contact us to help you in all the steps to implement your clinical trial in Portugal or you can also check the complete list of CROs with offices in Portugal that we prepared for you. 

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