PfizerPfizer Inc. announced strategic partnerships with ICON plc and PAREXEL International Corporation, both of which will serve as strategic providers of clinical trial implementation services over a five-year period beginning in June 2011. The new partnerships will be fully implemented over an 18-to-24 month period.

The ICON and PAREXEL alliances reflect Pfizer's recent commitment to strengthen the performance of its innovative core. Pfizer announced in February a comprehensive program of change in R&D to sharpen research focus, deliver differentiated innovation, and create a more flexible cost base through external partnerships for certain R&D services. The new partnership model for clinical trial execution will enable Pfizer to focus internally on its core capability in clinical trial design, while leveraging the strengths and scale of ICON and PAREXEL to implement clinical development programs with greater efficiency and rigor. Going forward, Pfizer's externalization efforts will make it possible to adjust investment and activity according to the changing needs of the portfolio.

"We conducted a thorough selection process to find the right partners and selected ICON and PAREXEL because of the strength of their services and their steadfast commitment to quality and regulatory compliance, a deep belief in collaboration, and a strong drive to deliver success," said John Hubbard, Ph.D., senior vice president of Development Operations. The Pfizer partnership incentivizes ICON and PAREXEL to excel on four key parameters: quality, speed, cost management and innovation.

The new strategic partnership model does not substantially change the proportion of clinical trial implementation services that Pfizer outsources. Pfizer will retain scientific ownership of the clinical development process, and maintain strict oversight and quality standards relating to patient safety and regulatory compliance. "The two-partner model will simplify our processes, significantly reducing the number of external service providers we use for clinical trial execution, and clarify accountability in risk and quality management," said Dr. Hubbard.

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About ICON plc
ICON plc is a global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. The Company specializes in the strategic development, management and analysis of programs that support clinical development - from compound selection to Phase I-IV clinical studies. ICON currently has approximately 7,700 employees, operating from 77 locations in 39 countries.

About PAREXEL International
PAREXEL International Corporation is a leading global bio/pharmaceutical services organization, providing a broad range of knowledge-based contract research, consulting, and medical communications services to the worldwide pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Committed to providing solutions that expedite time-to-market and peak-market penetration, PAREXEL has developed significant expertise across the development and commercialization continuum, from drug development and regulatory consulting to clinical pharmacology, clinical trials management, medical education and reimbursement. Perceptive Informatics, Inc., a subsidiary of PAREXEL, provides advanced technology solutions, including medical imaging, to facilitate the clinical development process. Headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts, PAREXEL operates in 71 locations throughout 52 countries around the world, and has approximately 10,350 employees.