ICON Wins Best Contract Research Organisation at the annual Scrip Awards 2017


ICON recognised for partnership capabilities and innovation in patient recruitment

Dublin, Ireland, 30 November 2017 – ICON plc, (NASDAQ: ICLR) a global provider of drug development solutions and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, has won Best Contract Research Organisation – Full-Service Providers at the 2017 Scrip Awards, which took place in London on 29 November.

The Scrip Awards honour the pharmaceutical industry’s highest achieving individuals and organisations, with the Best Contract Research Organisation acknowledging the critical role that CROs play in drug development. ICON was selected by a panel of senior industry experts from around the world, as the best CRO according to the following criteria:

  • Quality of services and relationships with clients
  • Innovations in patient recruitment strategy
  • Capabilities and strengths offered
  • Delivery of results that exceed sponsor expectations
  • Improvement in performance
  • Progress towards streamlining data collection and reporting

“We are very proud to be recognised as the industry’s best,” commented Dr. Steve Cutler, Chief Executive Officer, ICON plc. “Through innovations in patient recruitment and a strong commitment to accountability and delivery, we have exceeded customer expectations in a wide range of studies and have beaten industry medians in critical study performance metrics. Building collaborative teams that work in partnership with our customers is a key focus at ICON and it is very pleasing to see the efforts of our employees being rewarded.”

ICON continues to drive efficiency in drug development, by revolutionising the paradigm for site and patient identification, and improving site relationships, performance and engagement. Through an owned network of 52 sites and EMR partnerships with IBM Watson, EHR4CR, and TriNetX, ICON can help sponsors to more easily identify suitable patients. Furthermore, ICON’s FIRECREST digital solutions improve the clinical trial experience for sites, patients and study staff resulting in reduced time, cost and better quality data.

ICON’s Best CRO Award from Scrip follows a range of other industry awards throughout 2017, including Best Vaccines CROPharmaTimes Best Partnership in Clinical Research and PharmaTimes Clinical Researcher of the Year. 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 13,100 employees.

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