About us

The Healthcare City by Nova Medical School is the right place for any entrepreneur with an innovative idea and ambition to push forward and grow globally. We are not just looking for startups: you may well be an already established 20-employee company with a great idea but still struggling to grow in a global context, or a lone entrepreneur needing help to structure his business to expand it worldwide. Our true goal is to take your idea globally in the Healthcare sector and reduce the mortality startup business rate, with the powerful Ecosystem within The City.

One of the reasons startups fail is that they are unable to reach the market easily, and that is why we have already found the best way to approach the market. Thanks to our Founders Janssen for Johnson & Johnson, Medis from Ocidental Group and Lusíadas from AMIL and UnitedHealth, we can help you to test the market closely and sell through their own sales structure.

The Healthcare City by Nova Medical School is based in Lisbon, Portugal, but here is just where your journey will start to reach the world. With a large international network associated with our Founders and other partners, we are just a step from any other continent.

Our Ecosystem will allow you to develop any idea and take it to success, be it a simple app or even a large-scale project involving clinical research. We invite you to join us. Come achieve the pinnacle of success as you work in our vibrant and motivating environment, one where you can even benefit from our unique lifestyle-related activities which of course allow you some well-deserved relaxation along the way.

Our mission is to take successful ideas worldwide to improve people’s health and lifestyle, together with the healthcare industry and through a powerful ecosystem.

The Healthcare City by Nova Medical School has a Board of Founders and an Executive Team named as the City Team

We are proud to have the following on the Board of Founders:


Professor Doutor Jaime Branco

Jaime da Cunha Branco, MD, PhD
Dean at Nova Medical School

Board Members

Antonio Jacinto

António Jacinto, PhD
Vice-Dean at Nova Medical School

O presidente da HPP Saúde (Hospitais Privados de Portugal Saúde), posa para a foto durante a entrevista.

José Carlos Magalhães, MD
President at Lusíadas Saude

Eduardo_administrador Medis

Eduardo Consiglieri Pedroso
Board member at Médis

Filipa Mota e Costa
Managing Director at Janssen – Johnson&Johnson

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Nuno Carvalho
CEO at The Healthcare City


What happens at the Healthcare City?
At the Healthcare City by Nova Medical School you will find a complete ecosystem to expand your business globally. Here is a summary of the Ecosystem – explore it and the rest of our site to discover more about us.

The City Team

Our team will work closely with you on a daily basis to support you, give you the right tools for you to grow and understand your needs. We will be very active with you. We will not only guide you but also help you to take that crucial big step to get the capital you need to grow, the interaction with our Founders so you can reach the market faster, the advice you need to avoid mistakes, etc., in a word, to put you in the spotlight and make your company successful globally. We will also learn from you by promoting feedback to ascertain where can we assist you more and better.

The City Team


Our Founders

You will enjoy opportunities that most people do not have. Unlike other programs where we you find big companies to present your idea only on the Demo Day, here you will meet and collaborate with them during all the phases of your growth, getting feedback based on real market needs, having a place to test your product or service, and a chance to go directly to the market using our Founders’ structure.



Corporate & Collaborative Services

Because any company needs a wide range of services (such as financial, marketing, or legal), we will provide you with a network of partners who will help you in a variety of areas.

Corporate Services: Is where you can find a network of service partners where we will fight for the competitive prices and quality of service that you need to run your company. Also included here are the laboratory services for researchers, where you will find a platform to book equipment for research on a pay-per-use basis at our laboratories as well as a complete catalog with more than 3,000 products for you to choose.

Collaborative Services: Include relationships with co-developers. For example, if you are developing a software that needs an algorithm but you need assistance in developing it, here is where you can find a partner to help in that step in the development, taking you to the next level faster.

We ensure things run more easily with all the services or collaborations that we know will facilitate your life, meaning you are left to focus on moving forward with developing your ideas.

Corporate and Collaborative Services


The goal of our program is to prepare you for one of the hardest moments in a startup’s life: selling to the industry, in this case to our Founders.

More information about our program here.


BIG Fridays are the special moments within The City that will offer you help in different areas, clarify some doubts you might have, expose you to ideas from other people, invite expert speakers, allow you to experience special moments and much more.

BIG Fridays are talks, events, and happenings which take place at The City. They all have one thing in common: they expand your horizons and make you think BIG, go BIG.

Why go BIG? As someone said, go BIG or go home!

BIG means you are willing to leave your comfort zone, learn something new, grow, improve, and indeed enjoy the process. BIG is nutrition, meditation, yoga, tai-chi, coaching, but also music, dance, exercise and adventure.

Learn more about it at BIG Friday


The community will bring The City something of considerable value. A wide variety of ways to help entrepreneurs are considered here.

The Community is open for health professionals, industry experts and people in general. You have several ways you can collaborate with our entrepreneurs: you can send us a challenge and our entrepreneurs will develop your idea or solve your problem, you can join “Cross Skills” by entering our database of skilled persons in any field, such as financial, legal, marketing, sales, etc. so our entrepreneurs can invite you to be a partner in their companies (to cover areas where they lack experience), you can participate as a mentor and be part of great projects, or you can join as a Business Angel or venture capitalist (if you are in this field), since benefit from our complete Ecosystem, you will reduce your investment risk.

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Our mentors come from a wide variety of areas, such as business, medical, scientific, marketing, sales, and much more. Learn more about who they are and what they offer.



Our network of investors starts internally with our Founders, who are actively looking for the best project to invest in. Apart from this we have a network of Business Angels to help you to cover your initial costs so you can do proof of concept on your product or service before you go to investment rounds with our venture capital international partners.

Office & Lab Facilities

You will find a modern office space to settle in with your team and work alongside other entrepreneurs in the health care sector. At the offices we have space to work, meet, relax and have fun.

The City is also equipped with a Lab facility to help researchers in a cost efficient way to develop new therapies or find new ways to approach a diagnosis. The lab service platform in place will let you focus on your research instead of being concerned about equipment, material orders, etc.



Our mission is to take successful ideas worldwide to improve people’s health and lifestyle, together with the healthcare industry and through a powerful ecosystem.


Culture is an important concept for us, since we use our common values to build successful models that bring together The City, the entrepreneurs and the market. This is not just a passing sentiment that we leave here for you to contemplate, but a core issue that underpins how we will work effortlessly with you during your stay in The City. We want to remain cognizant of every aspect or goal we have delivered on during your journey with us. Because business is about people, we believe that culture is at the base of every positive outcome.


If you want to be the best, you must be unconditionally dedicated to your daily work. Accomplishing your goals requires an amount of effort and unwavering discipline to reach the market fast and in a competitive way. In the end, discipline will reduce time to market. The old saying still holds true: time is money


Today’s market and competitive environment compel us to adopt a highly professional approach that should never be neglected. Doing your best and performing in the most professional way is essential.


We want you to be global, and for that you must be ambitious. We are, and we expect you to be too.

Health & Fun

You are working on providing a new way to help people live better so you should not neglect yourself in the process. We have to take care of our health as well. Fun is part of a stimulating work environment and it plays an important role in your level of motivation and productivity, so we will make sure this is the place where you are healthy and enjoy a few relaxing, fun moments within the context of work.



NOVA Medical School|Faculdade de Ciências Médicas (NMS|FCM) is an academic unit of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa since 1977. Currently NMS|FCM has 1.660 students in the Integrated Master Degree in Medicine, 576 postgraduate students and a total of 516 professors and researchers.

NMS|FCM is the Medical School with the best tutor/student ratio (1/3) during the clinical years in Portugal. It is associated with several health units, allowing a variety of learning environments and a morecomprehensive knowledge of hospital reality and primary health care. Furthermore, the students of NMS|FCM have had excellent results in the medical specialty assessment.

The NMS|FCM Research Campus provides the adequate environment for fundamental and clinical research.

The two research institutes of NMS|FCM are located in this venue:

CEDOC – Centro de Estudos de Doenças Crónicas (Chronic Diseases Research Centre), integrated in a R&D Unit, iNOVA4Health, classified as Excellent, and;

ToxOmics – Centro de Toxicogenómica e Saúde Humana (Centre for Toxicogenomics and Human Health).

In 2015, NMS|FCM was awarded the Ministry of Health Gold Medal for Distinguished Services. In the same year, together with the Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Central (CHLC), NMS|FCM created the University Medical Centre of Lisbon (Centro Médico Universitário de Lisboa – CMUL), that grants a better clinical training and research.


Janssen, The Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, are dedicated to addressing and solving some of the most important unmet medical needs of our time in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, infectious diseases and vaccines, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

Driven by our commitment to patients, we bring innovative products, services and solutions to people throughout the world. We recognize the impact of serious conditions on people’s lives, and we aim to empower people through disease awareness, education and access to quality care.

Our research and development strategy focuses on identifying medical needs, and harnessing the best science in the world, whether from our own laboratories, or through strategic relationships and collaborations.

We believe transparency of clinical trial data advances science and medicine and is in the best interest of the patients who use our pharmaceutical products and providers who prescribe them.


Lusíadas is a brand that encompasses several health establishments – hospitals and clinics from north to south of Portugal. Lusíadas Saúde was the first private health group with 3 hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission International – Hospital Lusíadas Porto, Hospital Lusíadas Lisboa​ and​ Hospital de Cascais (PPP).

This distinction from JCI is an efficient management and hospital health and safety assessment tool, it reinforces the innovation and differentiation of Lusíadas Hospitals pertaining to the safety of the processes and procedures which involve patients, its internal operations and the care in the service provided. Since the foundation in 1998, Lusíadas Saúde Group distinguishes itself through excellence, innovative and prestige services.

Our main focus is to take care of our clients. Being one of the major health groups in Portugal, with nearly 20 years of experience, our goal is to provide the best available resources and means to our clients, counting with over 4500 healthcare professionals that assisted with top of the range technology provide exceptional conditions in all Lusíadas facilities, translating the group´s mission and compromise to better serve our clients and improve continuously.

Médis is a health insurer, pioneer in launching the managed care concept in Portugal in 1996.

It is country’s leading health insurance brand, with multiple awards and recognitions given by consumers, which currently include Trusted Brand and Superbrand. Médis DNA incorporates innovation and excellence and so accordingly its insurance plans have distinctive features such as a complete and excelling Providers network, unique services like the Médis Personal Physician or Médis 24/7 phone line, where nurses can provide advice in health issues.

Médis provides a special attention to customer proximity where examples like the Médis app or website service clearly stand out in the market. Médis value proposition turned it into the choice of more than half a million customers, with its products being distributed by major players including reference banks and insurers.

More than just insurance, Médis looks at customers with the aim to turn its claim into reality, Médis is good for your health (Médis, Faz bem à Saúde).



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