Ciaran Murray of ICON Elected 2014 ACRO Chairman

January 14, 2014 – WASHINGTON, DC – The Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has elected Ciaran Murray, CEO of ICON plc (NASDAQ:ICLR), as 2014 Chairman and Jamie Macdonald, CEO of INC Research as Vice Chairman.

“I am honoured to lead ACRO at this time when clinical research organizations are increasingly being recognized for the innovation and expertise we bring to the drug development process,” said Mr. Murray. “I look forward to continuing the work that ACRO has done in promoting our industry as one that conducts safe, ethical and high-quality clinical research to deliver medicines that benefit patients worldwide.”

ACRO also elected as officers: Diarmaid Cunningham, General Counsel of ICON, as Secretary; and Christopher Gaenzle, General Counsel of INC Research, as Treasurer.

“Our members are dedicated to working with their clients to bring efficiency, innovation and value to the clinical research process,” said ACRO Executive Director Doug Peddicord, Ph.D. “ACRO advocates globally on behalf of the CRO industry to foster a business and regulatory environment that supports the important work we do in biomedical research.”


About ACRO
The Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) represents companies that provide a variety of specialized services that support the development of new pharmaceuticals, biologics and medical devices. The association provides an active voice for the CRO industry globally. Through its member companies, ACRO helps improve the quality, efficiency and safety of biomedical research. ACRO member companies employ approximately 100,000 professionals worldwide and annually conduct more than 11,000 clinical trials involving nearly two million participants in 115 countries. For more information, please visit www.www.acrohealth.org. Twitter @acrohealth. YouTube @ACROHealthChannel.

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