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The i3S consortium, headed by the University of Porto, brings together three research institutes and researchers from several schools of the University.


The close collaboration between the Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMC), the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (INEB) and the Institute of Pathology and Molecular Immunology of the University of Porto (IPATIMUP) bound the three centers long before the realization that it would make sense to join them in a solid partnership in the form of an institution congregating the different disciplines, skills and expertise each institute offered. INEB, IPATIMUP (both founded in 1989) and IBMC (whose establishment dates back to 1997) took the first steps towards materializing i3S in 2003, with the signature of a cooperation protocol between the three of them. Five years later, in 2008, the protocol establishing the consortium is signed and, in 2013, so is the agreement for the application to become a research unit. The following year, and when a move into the new building - at the time, under construction - was already in sight, an agreement is signed that renders the University of Porto the head of the institutes' management consortium. The project for i3S was completed in November 2015, when researchers embraced a new abode in cutting-edge facilities.


The long and successful history connecting the institutions includes joint research projects, co-supervision of PhD students, and shared use of large equipment under concerted guidelines.


Six schools of the University of Porto (FMUP, ICBAS, FMDUP, FCUP, FEUP and FFUP) and three hospitals (CH S. João, CH Porto and IPO) are also engaged in the activities of i3S. Getting schools and hospitals to actively contribute to a research institute is a unique feat in Portugal and a valuable asset for the development of scientific research and technology. With such combination of expertise, i3S is able to create a vibrant environment, favourable to scientific breakthroughs and their translation into health care improvements.