Baron Funds - ICON Plc: Positioned For An Extended Period Of Revenue And Earnings Growth

Aug. 10, 2022 10:38 PM ETICON Public Limited Company (ICLR)


  • We established a position in ICON Plc, the second largest participant in the $50 billion Contract Management Organization (CMO) market.
  • We believe that there remains a long runway for further drug development services to be outsourced to the CMO industry.
  • ICLR is yet to fully capitalize on the potential revenue and cost synergies stemming from its 2020 merger with PRA Health Sciences, Inc.

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We established a position in ICON Plc, the second largest participant in the $50 billion Contract Management Organization (CMO) market. Founded in 1990, ICON provides outsourced drug and device development

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