ICON Wins Clinical Research Team of the Year at the Annual Scrip Awards

ICON wins team award for a second consecutive year

Dublin, Ireland, November 29th, 2012 – ICON plc, (NASDAQ: ICLR; ISIN:IE0005711209), a global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, today announced that it has won the Clinical Research Team of the Year award for a second consecutive year at the annual 2012 Scrip Awards.

ICON won the award for an extremely quick start-up of a large Phase III clinical trial for a promising gynaecological compound in a selective population. ICON selected 109 sites in 15 countries within two weeks of receiving the final protocol and prepared and submitted 133 regulatory and ethics submissions within three months. In parallel, ICON and the sponsor worked on a clinical plan leading to a first site initiation visit within one week of obtaining all necessary approvals. The challenge of the short start-up timelines was overcome by detailed planning during the start-up phase, close collaboration between ICON and the sponsor and detailed knowledge of the regulatory developments and ethics environment in each country.

We are delighted that a clinical research team from ICON has been recognised as the industry’s best for a second consecutive year,” commented Mr. Ciaran Murray, CEO, ICON plc.  “The team’s insight and in-depth knowledge of regulatory and ethics requirements in multiple countries was critical to the successful start-up of this project, as was their ability to work in close partnership with the sponsor. Building strong teams that can act as trusted advisors to the biopharma industry is a key focus at ICON and it is very pleasing to see the expertise of our employees being rewarded.”

The annual Scrip Awards acknowledge and applaud the pharmaceutical industry’s highest achievers across all parts of the value chain, and recognise both corporate and individual achievement. The awards are open to any research-based pharmaceutical or biotechnology company as well as third party companies that supply services to the pharmaceutical industry. More detail on the 2012 award winners is at http://www.scripintelligence.com/awards/

About ICON plc
ICON plc is a global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. The Company specialises in the strategic development, management and analysis of programs that support clinical development - from compound selection to Phase I-IV clinical studies. ICON currently has around 9,400 employees, operating from 82 locations in 40 countries.

Further information is available at www.iconplc.com