Excellence in Eye Research

We are a research and development centre created to develop cutting-edge Hi-Tech to support the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, enabling faster implementation of new therapies. We collaborate with the most prestigious eye care centres in Europe and North America, the Institute of Ophthalmology at University College London and the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at the University of California, Irvine.

Strategic Objectives

At ICTER, our passion is the eye, which is the human “window into the brain.” The eye reveals crucial information about the patient’s condition, and it is the main organ responsible for world perception. We study the human eye with maximum precision, from different scientific perspectives, within five disciplines, at scales ranging from macro to nano.

Prevention and early diagnosis

to limit the progression of eye diseases.

Development of methods

to introduce new therapies for the eyes.

Cooperation of scientists and business

to foster collaboration in the fields of Eye Med Tech and precision medicine.

Our mission

The aim of the Centre is to advance new technologies leading to the development of new eye treatment methods in the fields of minimally invasive surgery, biochemical control of protein machinery, genetic repair of inherited diseases, and tissue engineering. We are also working on the advancement of optical imaging technology and state-of-the-art robotics to assist in eye surgery and drug delivery.


Our Vision

To emerge as an internationally recognized Centre of Scientific Excellence, with highly qualified staff and resources, engaged in translational activities at the highest global level and aimed at achieving a significant impact on the health of the eye.

Core Values

Science in service of humanity

discovery of new therapies for eye disease treatment.


inventive and open-minded staff.


cooperative, dynamic, motivated and well-educated team.


real impact on eye health.


international recognition.


high ethical standards.


inclusiveness in accordance with Gender Equality Plan.


Our people are our pride

We believe that behind every institution that makes a breakthrough in science there are extraordinary people: visionaries, risk-takers, passionate professionals. That is why we hire the top specialists in their fields, and provide them with optimal conditions and state-of-the-art technological equipment for growth.


Research fields: Medical physics, Biochemistry, Instrumentation engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ophthalmology, Biomedical engineering, Ophthalmic Biology.

Optical Instrumentation

Electrophysiological data analyses

Structural Biology


Design of imaging devices

Our success story

Our first success as a newly established organization is to convince experts and funding agencies of our vision for translational eye research. At our institute, research on the mechanisms of vision at the molecular level in health and disease and development of new viral gene therapies are supported by engineering and computer science. Further technological support is provided by optical imaging experts with extensive experience in providing tools for clinical ophthalmology. We believe that this unique blend of basic and applied sciences provides fertile ground for groundbreaking advances in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases. We anticipate that an environment of mutual expert collaborate on will enhance the competitiveness of our research activities. We see our Institute as an entity that can provide unprecedented and unique benefits to society. Our development plans for eye-related science will promote active collaborations with industry, including pharmaceuticals, cutting-edge imaging, and drug delivery techniques.