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ICON and Empire Genomics Partner for the Delivery of Personalised Medicine Services



11/9/2011 9:23:01 AM

Dublin, Ireland, 9th November, 2011 - ICON plc (NASDAQ: ICLR; ISIN:IE0005711209), a global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, and Empire Genomics, a leading provider of genomic technologies that enable personalised medicine to be realised, today announced the formation of a strategic alliance.

ICON and Empire Genomics will partner to develop a service portfolio tailored to the development of personalised medicines. The partnership combines Empire Genomics’ expertise in pharmacogenomics, computational modeling of disease state, drug disposition and drug targets with ICON’s expertise in translational medicine, clinical trial design and biomarkers. The combined service offering will enable the identification of responder target populations, permit the stratification of patients through the development and use of companion diagnostics and will streamline drug development programs through the generation and analysis of relevant data obtained in the pre-clinical and early stage clinical setting. “We look to partner with companies, scientists and research institutions that complement our corporate strategies and expertise, and this collaboration gives us the opportunity to work with industry leading clinical units, translational medicine expertise and the broader ICON full-service offering,” commented Anthony Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Empire Genomics.

“Genomics plays an integral role in personalised medicine, and through our collaboration with Empire Genomics, we can now offer sponsors integrated personalised medicine services,” commented Dr. Cyril Clarke, Vice President Translational Medicine, ICON Development Solutions. “We believe that this partnership will help sponsors to speed development by enhancing target population identification to ultimately produce safer, more effective medicines.”

About Empire Genomics

Empire Genomics delivers the most advanced genomic tools to aid the scientific community in its research and diagnostic challenges. Through many years of experience in the area genomics and working with diverse sample types, we are able to provide continuous innovation for research and diagnostic applications in areas of oncology, biomarkers, drug discovery, constitutional disorders, developmental disorders and autism, among many others.

About ICON plc

ICON plc is a global provider of outsourced development 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. ICON currently has around 8,300 employees, operating from 79 locations in 38 countries.

Further information is available at www.iconplc.com

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