History


From a small team of 5 people in 1990, ICON now employs over 12,300 people across 87 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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2017

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

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2016

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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2015

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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2014

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

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2013

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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2012

ICON acquires PriceSpective, a global value strategy consultancy

ICON acquires Chinese CRO, BeijingWits

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2011

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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2010

ICON acquires Timaq Medical Imaging Inc.

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2009

ICON acquires Veeda Laboratories, a UK Biomarker Lab

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2008

ICON acquires US Phase I Provider Healthcare Discoveries

ICON acquires US Bioanalytical Lab, Prevalere Life Sciences

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2007

ICON acquires European staffing group, DOCS International

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2006

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

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2005

ICON opens first Indian office in Chennai

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2004

ICON acquires medical imaging specialist, Beacon Bioscience Inc.

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2003

ICON acquires Medeval, a UK-based Phase I facility

ICON acquires US consulting firm, Globomax

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2002

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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2000

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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1999

ICON opens its first Middle East office in Israel

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1998

ICON begins trading on the Nasdaq exchange

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

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1997

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

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1996

ICON opens its first Asian office in Tokyo, Japan

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1995

ICON opens its first office in Germany

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1992

ICON opens its first US office in Philadelphia

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1991

ICON opens its first overseas office in Winchester, UK

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1990

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