ICON Strengthens Its Leadership Team in Asia Pacific with Two Key Appointments

DUBLIN, Nov. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ICON plc, (ICLR) a global provider of drug development solutions and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, today announced two new leadership appointments to its Asia Pacific operations.  Mary Pan has been appointed Vice President, Asia Pacific, where she will lead ICON's continued growth and expansion in the region. Hiroshi Ichikawa has been appointed Vice President and General Manager of ICON's operations in Japan.

 

Mary brings to ICON over 15 years of global pharmaceutical and clinical development expertise with a strong track record in Asia. Mary joins ICON from Becton Dickinson, a leading medical technology company, where she was head of strategy and innovation in Asia. Prior to that Mary was Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, for ClinTec International. Mary has also held senior medical affairs and clinical development roles in Crucell (Johnson & Johnson) and Pfizer. Mary holds Bachelor degrees in Economics and Psychology and an MBA from Brown University and has a Law degree from the University of Edinburgh.

Hiroshi Ichikawa joins ICON with 30 years of CRO and pharmaceutical industry experience in Japan. Prior to ICON, Ichikawa-san was Executive Vice President and Senior Director of the Regulatory Science Department at A2Healthcare Corporation, an ITOCHU company. Ichikawa-san was also President and CEO of Asklep Inc. following its acquisition of  PPCJ Corporation, a CRO he founded in 2008. Ichikawa-san also spent 16 years in leadership positions with CMIC Japan and was Project Leader for the Clinical Development Division of Sankyo. Ichikawa-san holds a Masters in Veterinary Medicine from Yamaguchi University.

Commenting on the appointments, Dr. Nuala Murphy, President, ICON Clinical Research Services, said: "Asia-Pacific continues to be an important region for our clients and we are committed to growing our presence and enhancing our capabilities in the region. I'm delighted to welcome Mary and Ichikawa-san to the leadership team in Asia. Their strong knowledge of the Asian clinical development landscape, coupled with their demonstrated leadership in growing successful operations in Asia, will be invaluable as we look to expand in this important region."

ICON provides a full range of clinical development services to support global and pan-Asian trials. ICON operates from 22 offices in Asia-Pacific and employs over 2,600 professionals in the region. ICON's presence and capabilities in Japan, in particular in oncology, were strengthened in 2014 through the acquisition of Aptiv Solutions, which included Japanese CRO, Niphix.

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 81 locations in 37 countries and has approximately 11,300 employees.

Further information is available at www.iconplc.com

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