ICON Receives 2018 CRO Phase IV Leadership Award


ICON recognised for specialised real world evidence and late phase services

Dublin, Ireland, 27 April 2018 – ICON plc, (NASDAQ: ICLR) a global provider of drug development solutions and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, has won a 2018 CRO Leadership Award in the category Phase IV (Overall, Big Pharma) from Life Science Leader.

For the 2018 CRO Leadership Awards, Life Science Leader magazine teamed up with Industry Standard Research (ISR) to determine the award recipients. 70 contract research organizations were assessed on 20+ performance metrics in ISR’s annual CRO Quality Benchmarking survey. Survey participants were recruited from pharma and biopharma companies of all sizes and were screened for decision-making influence related to working with contract research organizations.

“ICON is delighted to receive this award which recognises the success of our Real World Evidence and Late Phase operational and scientific experts, who are helping clients to identify, generate, synthesise and communicate treatment value and safety,” commented Ramita Tandon, Executive VP, Commercialisation & Outcomes, ICON plc. “Our integrated Commercialisation & Outcomes teams work in close collaboration to deliver seamless solutions that ultimately lead to better, more informed health decisions by regulators, payers, providers and patients.”

The award recognises ICON’s specialised services offering, spanning the entire product development lifecycle, to assist pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies to bring new drugs and devices to market faster.

“Industry Standard Research is honoured to conduct the research for Life Science Leader’s CRO Awards. ISR’s stringent screening processes and the high calibre of qualification required to participate in our CRO benchmarking research means that real customers provide experiential feedback on their involvement with contract suppliers over the past 18 months. This enables users of ISR’s research to make confident business decisions based on the experiences of their industry peers.”  Andrew Schafer, President of Industry Standard Research.

ICON previously received a CRO Leadership Award in 2015.

A full list of ICON’s industry awards can be viewed at www.iconplc.com/awards

About ICON plc
ICON plc is a global provider of drug development solutions and 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. With headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, ICON currently, operates from 97 locations in 38 countries and has approximately 13,250 employees.

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