ICON and AMAG Pharmaceuticals Honoured as Clinical Research Team of the Year
Joint team win award for excellence in Adult Iron Deficiency Anaemia Trial
Dublin, Ireland, 30 April 2018 – ICON plc, (NASDAQ: ICLR) a global provider of drug development solutions and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, today announced that, together with AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. it has won the Clinical Research Team of the Year award at the 2018 Clinical and Research Excellence (CARE) Awards which took place in Boston, Mass. on 25 April.
The award honoured the achievements of the team for executing a Phase III iron deficiency anaemia trial, the success of which allowed AMAG Pharmaceuticals to submit for regulatory approval almost six months earlier than planned. Project success contributed to earlier approval for the therapy making it available to additional patients earlier than originally planned.
The ICON team applied agile methods to deliver these results, including early recognition of risks and stakeholder buy-in, developing thorough mitigation plans, transparent communication, designing incentives to encourage team retention, and converting a unit-based contract to a milestone-based contract to maintain focus on operational delivery. This comprehensive team approach allowed the first site to be initiated two weeks early, the first patient to be randomised 30 days early, the last patient to be randomised more than five months ahead of schedule and eventually data base lock was achieved four months earlier than initially planned.
Commenting on the award, ICON's Chief Executive, Steve Cutler, said: “We are proud that the expertise of our clinical research teams and our partnership approach with our customers has received industry recognition. I am particularly pleased to see us beating timelines in site activation and patient recruitment. Helping our customers to accelerate drug development to improve quality of life is a key priority at ICON, and this has been successfully executed by the hard work of the combined AMAG and ICON team.”
“AMAG is committed to researching, developing and commercializing therapies to address unmet medical needs and often-overlooked conditions,” said William Heiden, AMAG’s president and chief executive officer,. “As a result of our partnership with ICON, not only are we now able to help more patients in need, but we were able to do so four months earlier than expected through rapid execution of this key clinical study. It takes a strong partnership to be able to flawlessly execute a clinical trial. I’m incredibly proud of our team and their achievements.”
The CARE Awards celebrate the outstanding clinical research achievements from 2018. The awards showcase excellence in clinical trial design, technological advancements within the industry, outstanding research results, as well as achievements of individuals, departments, teams, or organizations. Award winners have contributed to the advancement of therapies for unmet medical needs, undertaken ground-breaking collaborations, and contributed to positive clinical outcomes while demonstrating best practices and innovation. More detail on the CARE awards and the 2018 winners is at https://pharmaintelligence.informa.com/events/awards/care-awards-2018
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 13,250 employees.
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