Irish American Business Chamber and ICON Clinical Research partner to present Life Sciences Forum

Philadelphia, PA, October 26, 2017 – The Irish American Business Chamber & Network has announced that it will partner with Ambassador Club member, ICON Clinical Research, to present their third annual Life Sciences Forum on November 16th at ICON’s largest US office in North Wales, PA. The forum is proudly sponsored by Aer Lingus.

Key note speaker, Dr. Garret FitzGerald, Director, Institute for Translational Medicine & Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania and winner of the prestigious Science Foundation Ireland St. Patrick’s Day Medal, will open the forum. The dynamic panel will feature Dr. Andrea Perrone, MD, Associate Vice President, Clinical Imaging Translational Medicine at Merck & Co and Mr. Joseph Sirianni, Senior Director Global Engineering Services, Zoetis, and will be moderated by Paul McCracken Ph.D., Vice President, Head of Medical Imaging, ICON plc.

Each year the forum tackles relevant issues to the life sciences industry. This year the panel will focus on Innovation and the Financial Impact Along the Drug Development Path. Panelists will give attendees a detailed, behind-the-scenes reality of bringing a new drug to market, from concept to patient delivery, and how innovative discoveries have impacted this pathway. This hallmark event welcomes audience participation and interaction.


The Life Sciences industry is vital to the economy in Pennsylvania. 112,000 people during 2016 were directly employed in the industry, and it was responsible indirectly for an additional 230,000 jobs through business purchases and household expenditures. The industry generated a total (direct and indirect) state economic output of $88.5 billion, comprised of a direct economic impact of $48.8 billion and indirect economic impact of $39.6 billion. (source: Life Sciences PA) The industry is also central to the Irish economy, with exports (across medical devices, pharma and bio) exceeding €45 billion annually and directly employing over 50,000 annually. (source: Enterprise Ireland)


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 13,100 employees. Further information is available at


About the Irish American Business Chamber & Network, Inc
The Irish American Business Chamber & Network is a nonpartisan business organization dedicated to promoting the interests of its members and the development of economic and educational relationships between the United States and the Island of Ireland. The chamber provides growth opportunities to its members through a series of monthly networking forums, programs and a broad range of services. Its members span the Philadelphia, Delaware and New Jersey tri-state area and include Irish based companies with strong interests in this region.

Event Details

Date:                 Thursday, 16 November 2017

Time:               1.00 pm – Registration; 1.30 pm – Formal Program; 3.30 pm – Networking Reception

Location:          ICON Clinical Research, 2100 Pennbrook Parkway, North Wales, PA

RSVP:               www. or email

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