From a small team of 5 people in 1990, ICON now employs over 13,250 people across 97 locations in 38 countries. We have mainly grown organically, but have bolstered our growth through a number of strategic acquisitions which have broadened our service portfolio and have added scale to existing services.

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ICON acquires MAPI Group to become world’s 2nd largest provider of late phase services

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ICON acquires Clinical Research Management Inc. to extend presence in the government sponsored research market

ICON selected by Genomics England to support the world's largest genome sequencing project

ICON selected by ICHOM to develop world’s first global healthcare outcomes benchmarking programme

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ICON celebrates 25 years

ICON creates new global innovation hub in Ireland to advance clinical development

ICON acquires MediMedia Pharma Solutions to enhance market access and scientific communications capabilities

ICON acquires PMG Research Inc, an integrated network of clinical research sites in the US

ICON launches Medical Device and Diagnostics Research Group

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ICON acquires Aptiv Solutions, a market leader in adaptive trial design and execution

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ICON acquires staffing and FSP providers, ClinForce and Assent

ICON acquires Akos, an EU Provider of Pharmacovigilance and Drug Safety Services

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ICON acquires PriceSpective, a global value strategy consultancy

ICON acquires Chinese CRO, BeijingWits

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ICON acquires Oxford Outcomes, an international health outcomes consultancy

ICON acquires Firecrest Clinical, a technology provider specialising in site performance and study management

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ICON acquires Timaq Medical Imaging Inc.

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ICON acquires Veeda Laboratories, a UK Biomarker Lab

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ICON acquires US Phase I Provider Healthcare Discoveries

ICON acquires US Bioanalytical Lab, Prevalere Life Sciences

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ICON acquires European staffing group, DOCS International

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ICON acquires Outcomes Research and Health Economics specialist, Ovation Research Group

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ICON opens first Indian office in Chennai

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ICON acquires medical imaging specialist, Beacon Bioscience Inc.

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ICON acquires Medeval, a UK-based Phase I facility

ICON acquires US consulting firm, Globomax

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ICON acquires staffing group, Managed Clinical Solutions

ICON opens first African office in South Africa

ICON acquires clinical research provider, BPA

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ICON acquires UK-based regulatory consultancy, YRCR Ltd.

ICON acquires Central Laboratory in New York

ICON acquires bioanalytical consultancy, Pacific Research

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ICON opens its first Middle East office in Israel

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ICON begins trading on the Nasdaq exchange

ICON opens its first South American office in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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ICON’s Hans Werner Voss conducts world’s first Adaptive Clinical Trial for an asthma study

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ICON opens its first Asian office in Tokyo, Japan

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ICON opens its first office in Germany

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ICON opens its first US office in Philadelphia

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ICON opens its first overseas office in Winchester, UK

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ICON founded in Dublin, Ireland, by Dr. John Climax & Dr. Ronan Lambe