We work with global biotech, pharma, government and NGOs in the design, execution, and commercialisation of vaccines to prevent infectious diseases.

The number of new and re-emerging infectious diseases continues to rise and pose a threat to world health. Our global team have built up extensive vaccine expertise, with over 100 years experience across our leadership team alone. This enables us to anticipate the challenges in your drug development plan and consistently beat aggressive vaccine start up timelines and enrolment goals. We are applying this experience to the many COVID-19 vaccine trials we are currently running. We focus on driving your milestone success and on providing high quality deliverables within budget.

Our work has resulted in 17 vaccine approvals by the United States (US) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA). And our team are two-time winner of “Best CRO” at the Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) Awards and have been named a finalist every year since 2011.

We are also prime contractors for the US Government and qualified provider for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Our broad portfolio of services and global footprint also serve the needs of other Global Health organisations such as Wellcome Trust, Global Fund and CEPI.

ICON vaccine experience in the last five years

  • 200+

    Studies conducted, including over 40 studies in respiratory viruses such as COVID-19
  • 135,000

    Patients involved, spanning vaccine types, populations, indications
  • 3,000+

    Vaccine experienced sites in over 40 countries

Experience our partners can trust

Our team understands the urgency, complexities, and potential challenges associated with running trials in normal times. During this pandmeic we are running many COVID-19 trials and have extensive prophylactic vaccine study experience. We make data-driven recommendations and apply best practices to execute your COVID-19 study, while safeguarding trial participants. By selecting us as your contract research organization (CRO) partner, you will benefit from:

  • A leadership team focused specifically in Vaccines with well over 100 years of combined experience in vaccine clinical development who provide insight into your protocol and strategies to operationalize execution
  • Direct involvement in the design, implementation and / or execution of clinical trials
  • Specialized, scalable infectious disease and vaccine-experienced resources ready to deploy for COVID-19 studies
  • Global Site Network and Patient Solutions comprised of ICON’s proprietary vaccine-experienced sites with PBMC isolation capabilities that are prepared to conduct COVID-19 vaccine trials
  • FIRECREST digital solutions including an Investigator Portal for document distribution and protocol-specific training for site staff

Vaccines experience & capabilities

Our vaccine research experience encompasses prophylaxes for seasonal, vector, sexually-transmitted, enteric and other viral and bacterial infections across all populations including maternal participants.

Vaccine types 

  • Live-attenuated vaccines
  • Inactivated vaccines
  • Mono, polyvalent, and combination vaccines
  • Subunit, recombinant, polysaccharide, & conjugate vaccines
  • DNA vaccines
  • Recombinant vector
  • Vaccines (platform-based)
  • mRNA Toxoid vaccines

Our Vaccines service offerings

Our extensive services include:

Watch the video below for an overview of ICON's experience and capabilities in vaccines, including details of vaccine types, participant populations and indications, as well as the range of our services.

COVID-19 clinical operations

Keeping your clinical trial on track in an evolving environment. 

ICON's Global Site Network

The ICON Global Site Network combines our proprietary site network and healthcare alliance sites across North America, Europe, Africa and Middle East to provide greater access to patients and multi-specialty physicians for our clients. This network of research sites, offers proven, professional clinical research resources and infrastructure for your clinical research.

​Adaptive design trials

We are the only full service CRO with the knowledge, software, systems, and global footprint to make adaptive clinical trials a reality. Our full service includes the design, simulation, and execution of adaptive clinical trials that can be effectively applied in these studies.

Our proprietary software ADDPLAN enables design, simulation, and analysis of adaptive clinical trials with ease and enables faster decision making at critical points during trial execution.


Digital solutions for education and automation to increase efficiency in clinical trials

FIRECREST digital solutions provide you with the tools and support to move your training on line - whether it is the training that you would usually deliver in group meetings or the training that CRAs provide on site.   

The FIRECREST Study Portal, which is fully customisable to your study, provides single sign-on to a range of education and automation solutions. Connectivity to site and study staff will lead to increased engagement and improved study performance.