Forbes ranking of top employers drawn from a survey of 30,000 US employees in 25 industry sectors

Dublin, Ireland, 16 May 2018 – ICON plc, (NASDAQ: ICLR) a global provider of drug development solutions and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, today announced that it has been included in Forbes magazine’s America’s Best Employers list for 2018.

The Forbes list features the top 500 large employers in the US with more than 5,000 employees, and the top 500 midsize companies with 1,000 – 5,000 employees. ICON was the highest ranked CRO in the best large employers listing, and is amongst the top 10 companies in the ‘Drugs & Biotechnology’ industry sector ranking. This is the second consecutive year that ICON has been the top ranked CRO.

Forbes ‘America’s Best Employers List’ is determined following an independent, online survey of almost 30,000 employees at companies with at least 1,000 people, from 25 industry sectors. The voluntary participation in online panels allowed employees to share their opinions about their employers openly and without any influence from their employer.  Respondents were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own companies on a scale of 0 – 10, and were also asked to name good and bad employers in industry sectors other than their own.

“We are proud to be named by Forbes as one of the best employers in America for the second consecutive year, and to be ranked the top CRO and amongst the top 10 employers in the Drugs and Biotechnology industry overall,” commented Dr. Steve Cutler, Chief Executive Officer, ICON. “We are pleased that our employees are recommending ICON as an excellent place to work. We have great people who are committed to helping our clients to accelerate the development of drugs and devices that are saving lives and improving the quality of life of patients right across the globe. We will continue to work hard to ensure that we provide a work environment that engages, rewards and develops our employees so that they can build successful careers at ICON.”

About ICON
ICON plc is a global provider of outsourced drug development and commercialisation solutions and services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and government and public health organisations. 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 98 locations in 38 countries and has approximately 13,380 employees. Further information is available at

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