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

November 9, 2011

Company News Release

ICON

and

Empire Genomics

announced the formation of a strategic alliance.

ICON and Empire Genomics will partner to develop a service portfolio tailored to the development of personalized 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 experience, 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 personalized medicine, and through our collaboration with Empire Genomics, we can now offer sponsors integrated personalized 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.”

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