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:

Work with homebased staff and through the Spanish Research Headquarters

  • c/ Nicostrato Vela, s/n, M11.2 Parque Tecnológico de León 24009 León (Spain)

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


Contact information:

Location of the CRO in Portugal:

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

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 Lisboa
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: Princeton, New Jersey, 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

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

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 Lisboa

Company size: 11-50 employees

Headquarters: Lisboa, 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 Lisboa, Portugal


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

Company size: 11-50 employees

Headquarters: Lisboa, 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 Lisboa | 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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