• Dublin, Ireland

Award recognises ICON’s business leadership, growth, innovation and employee development

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 awarded Company of the Year at the annual Business & Finance Irish Business Awards, which took place in Dublin on December 15th.

The Business & Finance Irish Business Awards have been recognising excellence in Irish business for over 40 years and is the longest running and most coveted business awards programme in Ireland. The company of the year award recognises the company that best demonstrates outstanding business leadership, sustainable growth, innovative strategy, strong financial returns and employee development.

Commenting on the award, ICON’s Chief Executive Officer, Ciaran Murray, said: “We are honoured to be chosen as Ireland’s company of the year for 2016. Since our foundation in Dublin in 1990, we have grown to become a global leader in clinical research, helping our clients to bring medicines to market that are improving peoples’ lives right across the world. We have achieved this through a focus on operational excellence, quality, innovation and an unyielding commitment to patients and to our clients and I’m delighted that the efforts of our employees are being recognised.”

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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 88 locations in 37 countries and has approximately 12,600 employees.

ICON Media Contact

Niamh Murphy
Director Corporate Communications, ICON plc
Tel: +353-86-0488823
Email: Niamh.murphy@iconplc.com

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