The Laboratorio Associado Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering (IBB) is a research and development (R&D) unit, founded in October 2006 aiming to be a strategic infrastructure for the development of the Portuguese R&D and innovation policies in the areas of Biotechnology, Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Life, Biomedical and Agricultural Sciences. IBB combines its R&D activities with advanced education, technology transfer, consulting and services, with the aim of fostering the industrial, health, agriculture and environmental sectors.

IBB is a nation-wide Institution and a partnership of five research units funded by “Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia”, from Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal. These centres, which are based in university campuses located in the North (Braga and Vila Real), Centre (Lisboa) and South (Faro) of Portugal, are:

    IBB activities are built on the complementarities and synergies between its research units and on the excellent records of accomplishment of its members. Overall, IBQF, CEB, 3B’s, CBG and CBME are in a unique position to establish a new and internationally competitive Research Network in Portugal capable of fulfilling its mission of thrusting the fields of Biotechnology and Bioengineering.

    IBB has a strategic and ambitious research plan to respond to the new challenges resulting from the extraordinary developments and breakthroughs in subjects such as Molecular and Cell Biology, Genomics, Systems Biology, Biomaterials, Cell and Tissue Engineering, and Nanotechnology.

    The IBB contribution to the development of these cutting-edge and fast growing/moving topics relies on the integration of different scientific and technological subjects and competences of excellence, through six interdisciplinary Research Thrust Areas:

    1. Biomolecular Science and Engineering
    2. Genetics, Molecular and Cell Biology
    3. Functional, Comparative and Evolution Genomics
    4. Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
    5. Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
    6. Catalysis and Reaction Engineering

    These research areas support the IBB activities focused on four Thematic Areas:

    1. Industrial Biotechnology
    2. Health Biotechnology
    3. Agricultural Biotechnology
    4. Environmental Biotechnology and Chemistry