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Development of innovative science-based technologies and services to provide better care and improve health for all.


TEC4Health structures and promotes the growth of INESC TEC's intervention in the health sector, via research, development, and innovation of disruptive health technologies. The synergy between academia, industry and health institutions is a key aspect of our activity, while promoting the transfer of knowledge generated to address relevant societal challenges. TEC4Health is aligned with these partners to contribute to solutions for four major health challenges:

1 - Active and healthy ageing, to improve both so that the increase of life expectancy is followed by a high quality of life;

2 - Personalised medicine and biomarkers. We live in an era in which each person requires specific therapies, according to their genotypic and life characteristics. Novel automatic methods will help to identify patterns in the data that allow differentiated and timely diagnoses;

3 - The area of pharmacology, medicines and advanced therapies, mainly due to the new knowledge brought by genetics, bioinformatics and systems medicine;

4 - Digital health and medical technologies. They already play a solid role in hospital support systems (departmental systems, clinical records, and integration of auxiliary diagnostic methods), and have more recently gained importance in new areas like disease prevention and the increase of patient literacy, thus envisioning a future with a relevant degree of self-management of health.


Health is a sector with a growing number of technological opportunities. The value of life and how much it must be preserved is undeniable, but improvements on how we manage health also reflect strongly on other societal axis, such as the economy and industry. The recent COVID-19 pandemic is a clear example of the changes needed, namely on how we manage both disease and well-being; in this case, it became necessary to rethink everything regarding the treatment of infectious and chronic diseases, with monitoring as a crucial process. This is even clearer  if we consider the set of current funding opportunities, e.g., the national recovery and resilience plan (PRR), the new European framework programme (focusing on several health topics), and the Mission Cancer. All these show the good amount of financial support provided to this sector. From a scientific perspective, nearly one third of world-wide publications are health related. Also, there has been a significant number of start-ups established in the health technologies area. These  indicators show that there are many research, development and innovation activities in health technologies, as well as several opportunities.

TEC4Health seeks to promote the synergy between INESC TEC and its partners, with the first contributing with its competencies to activities that could lead to successful projects, contracts, and technology transfers, thus addressing the identified challenges and trending opportunities.

Value Proposition

TEC4HEALTH induces a market pull drive into R&D, targeting all the value chain actors and processes in the healthcare and well-being sectors. To accomplish this, TEC4HEALTH aims to explore the activities within the health sector where technology needs and roadmaps indicate a high potential for applying INESC TEC’s competencies.

Application Domains

Application fields

INESC TEC is dedicated to addressing pressing health challenges worldwide, leveraging their extensive expertise and experience. Their in-depth research and innovative projects have identified key TEC4HEALTH application domains, encompassing a wide range of diseases and health conditions. These domains serve as focal points for their groundbreaking work:

  • Brain;
  • Cancer;
  • Cardio;
  • Chronic;
  • Disabilities;
  • Pulmonary.

Each domain represents a crucial aspect of health requiring targeted interventions and novel approaches. INESC TEC's commitment extends to collaborating with various sectors within the healthcare industry. By partnering with these sectors, they aim to ensure the widespread adoption and impact of their solutions. The sectors encompassed by INESC TEC health projects include:

  • Active and Healthy Ageing;
  • Clinical Laboratories;
  • Computed Aided Software;
  • Dental Medicine;
  • Equipment and Instruments;
  • Hospitals;
  • Pharmaceutical Industry;
  • Pharmacies;
  • Sports.

By actively engaging with these sectors, INESC TEC strives to deliver transformative advancements in healthcare, improving the well-being of individuals and contributing to the overall progress of the field.



TEC4Health brings together a team of experts from different backgrounds and with diverse experiences, well established in industry and academia. Our main technical and scientific competencies focus on:


European project puts Artificial Intelligence at the service of health in areas like cancer

To facilitate the generalised access to anonymised medical data towards developing tools to support preventive healthcare and clinical decision-making is the main objective of the new European project PHASE IV AI. 

15th December 2023

INESC TEC researchers seek to use Artificial Intelligence to detect cardiovascular diseases related to rheumatic fever

In collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University Africa (CMU Africa), INESC TEC is collecting heart-related data in Rwanda, towards developing algorithms that allow - using multimodal auscultation - the screening of cardiovascular diseases related to rheumatic fever.

28th September 2023

INESC TEC develops technology for real-time triage of victims in disaster situations

It is a wearable system that takes between 10-15 seconds to be placed on a person, allowing to monitor their vital signs and health severity. The new solution, developed by INESC TEC in collaboration with Xenia Reply and the Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (iED), will allow Emergency Medical Service (EMS) professionals to carry out real-time triage assessments in disaster scenarios – or other situations -, and to monitor victims from the onset until reaching the hospital.

07th September 2023

International event on the digitalisation of the health sector – INESC TEC participated and presented technological solutions

The HIMSS23 European Health Conference & Exhibition event brought the European healthcare ecosystem to Lisbon, promoting the presentation of technological solutions, as well as the debate around the digitalisation of the health sector and the main challenges. The event took place between June 7 and 9, with INESC TEC among the participants.

20th June 2023

INESC TEC leads project to study lung cancer using Artificial Intelligence

The main goal of the LUCCA project, led by INESC TEC and funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) is to contribute to the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions that enable a more robust and precise support in the decision-making process related to lung cancer.

17th May 2023



In order to transfer and implement the technologies in the market, we work with partners that act as technology takers or end users.

Get to know our partners:



Academia and R&D


“INESC TEC’s researchers have a very close link to the business world, thus being able to conciliate state-of-the-art research with the short-term needs of companies. There clearly is a practical sense in what they do. I believe this is one the main advantages of INESC TEC.”
Paulo Sousa
Maxdata Software, S.A.
“Excellent! Not only for the Institute’s understanding of the nature of the health-related problems we face, but also due to the ability to organise a kind of common intelligence in the design of solutions to health research problems. ”
Henrique Barros
“We value INESC TEC’s know-how, computation tools and digital technologies – which, combined with our biosensing experience, will generate synergies towards the development of advanced analytical tools for different clinical applications and healthcare actions.”
Inês Mendes Pinto
“Being part of the TexBoost mobilising project was a fruitful experience that favoured the exchange of technical knowledge between different entities, like INESC TEC, research centres like CITEVE, and companies such as PLUX e PR Têxteis. ”
Pedro Duque
PLUX Wireless Biosignals
“The experience is excellent. We are a real team, one that is not inactive, but one that builds synergies.”
Maria João Cardoso
Champalimaud Clinical Center
Infrastructures & Labs


LaboratoryBiomedical Imaging Laboratory
LaboratoryNeuroengineering and Advanced Human Sensing Laboratory
LaboratoryBioInstrumentation Lab

TEC4HEALTH Infrastructures

LaboratoryLABIOMEP ‑ Porto Biomechanics Laboratory


Cosmetic results assessment tool in Breast Cancer Conservative Treatment

Vital Sticker

Wearable technology to acquire high-quality ECG signals in first responders and other dynamic use cases

Beat Stress

Real-time psychological stress detection in workers exposed to extreme condition

Beat ID

Computational light biometric technology for ECG authentication