Testimonials

This BIAL anniversary belongs to everyone that, in many ways, is a part of our history, projects, challenges and successes. We invited institutions, partners, and patient associations with whom we have been cooperating for a long time, to share some words about the meaning of our 100th anniversary.

By text or video, each testimony reveals a little bit more about the presence and influence of BIAL in different lives all over the world.

Stay tuned, as this section will be updated during the coming months!
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In celebrating its 100th anniversary, BIAL is commemorating a trajectory of investment and innovation, growth and success, both nationally and globally. A century of creating wealth and valuing its people and the community. t is this vision and commitment to creating wealth, valuing people and the country and, above all, this desire to do better and ability to deliver that links BIAL with the Business Roundtable Portugal Association and its ambition to create a more prosperous, fair and sustainable Portugal. Congratulations to BIAL. Together, for Portugal and the Portuguese.
Vasco de Mello
Associação Business Roundtable Portugal
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The celebration of BIAL's 100th anniversary is a milestone for a Portuguese pharmaceutical company who is a leader in Portugal and that has the USA as one of its most important international markets.
This is remarkable not only considering that the USA drugs market and regulations are highly demanding, but also because we are talking of a company with an impressive record in innovation, with 20% of its budget invested in R&D.
It's worth noting that BIAL had its epilepsy drug approved in three phases by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2013, 2015 and 2017. It was also in 2017 that FDA approved BIAL’s Parkinson drug. Following this approval, Bial invested more in Parkinson in the USA, by creating partnerships with American pharmaceutical companies and by launching a local R&D operation.
BIAL is represented at the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM)'s Board and is an active member of its Health Committee.
As a recognition of the importance of its business for the Portuguese-USA relationship, BIAL was awarded with an AMCHAM Tribute in 2014.
We are proud of having BIAL as one of our distinguished members.
We congratulate the company and its founders for all the achievements in the past 100 years, wishing them the best successes for the future.
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Celebrating its centenary shows the strength of a company that, over successive generations, has maintained its ability to innovate and contribute to generating economic value and qualified employment.
Its business excellence is not limited to the economic sphere, but goes much further, addressing what is most precious in the lives of people all over the world: their health.
BIAL encourages the retention of talent by supporting young researchers in projects in the health sciences.
I am extremely proud to have BIAL on the AEP General Council, sharing its experiences and values, based on scientific development and innovation.
Congratulations to BIAL.
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BIAL turns 100 years old!
A history of success. National and international. A success that is also ours, of a Portuguese company that has been part of our daily lives for generations, for as long as we have existed.
We live with BIAL every day: with its growing portfolio, now with more than 50 products, in various therapeutic areas and with widely recognised trade names that are part of our shared history; with its international presence, in more than 50 countries; with its strong investment and results in the area of innovation and research that are of excellence; with the BIAL Foundation; with its commitment to social responsibility; with its commitment to training and supporting health professionals; with its proximity to people; with its focus on the health needs of the population.
With the motto "Keeping life in mind", to improve the health and lives of people all over the world.
100 years of history! 100 years of success!
Many thanks and congratulations!
In Portugal, we are all BIAL!
João Gamelas
Portuguese Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
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100 years of BIAL! Even its longevity is an example. But the most emblematic, which must be emphasised and above all followed, is that of business development, in one of the most competitive areas on a global scale, based on valuing knowledge. That which is developed in-house and that which is obtained - and you must know how to obtain it - from universities and their science institutes.
This is what BIAL has been able to do so well over the last 45 years, thanks to the clear, relentless, and informed leadership of Luís Portela, who, as its first Chairman, left an indelible mark on the creation and launch of Health Cluster Portugal.
Joaquim Cunha
Health Cluster Portugal
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Building a 100-year Company is a rare achievement. BIAL has been capable to achieve a state of thriving where it can truly generate and flourish impact to improve the state of the world’s Health.
A continuous innovation mindset is probably the most important asset of BIAL’s people. Innovation is a long-term game requiring balancing robust short-term results with a long-term view of business trends and market needs. Continuous innovation is more than just hiring great talented people and investing in R&D; it requires creating a culture in which curiosity, experimentation and acceptance of new ideas are every day recognised values.
As a founding member of COTEC Portugal, BIAL has been a protagonist and inspiring many other companies to follow its example. We are proud to acknowledge an outstanding corporate citizenship contribution. Congratulations BIAL, and its team of great people, for a great achievement.
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One hundred years of trials, studies, and learnings. One hundred years of advances, challenges, and solutions. One hundred years of development, progress, and evolution. All in one of the most revolutionary, competitive, and innovative – and most important – areas of our individual and collective lives. Insulin was discovered in 1924, the same year that BIAL was founded in the city of Porto. A century later let´s see what it aimed to achieve: this major Portuguese pharmaceutical company is now in more than 50 countries around the world, produces medicines based on its own patents and its research is based on made in Portugal know-how. High value-added economy, the right way to have a more competitive, more modern, and more cohesive country. BIAL shows us the way.
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Our CEO, António Portela, shares his vision on this significant milestone in the companys history.
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