Professor John Climax

co-founder of ICON plc

Professor John Climax is a co-founder of ICON plc, one of the world’s largest contract research organizations. He was ICON plc’s Chairman from November 2002 to December 2009 and prior to that he served as Chief Executive of the Company. He has over 30 years of experience in the contract research industry globally.  

Professor Climax received his primary degree in pharmacy in 1977 from the University of Singapore, his masters in applied pharmacology in 1979 from the University of Wales and his PhD in clinical pharmacology from the National University of Ireland in 1982. He has authored a significant number of papers and presentations, and is an adjunct professor at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is named inventor on a number of patents.