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Wednesday 28 May, 2008

ICON plc

Directorate Change

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ICON plc announces appointment of Professor Dermot Kelleher to the Board of
Directors.

(NASDAQ:ICLR)

Dublin, Ireland, May 28 2008 - ICON plc, a global provider of outsourced
development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device
industries, today announced the appointment of Professor Dermot Kelleher as a
non-executive Director.

Professor Kelleher was appointed unanimously by ICON's board of directors and in
accordance with the company's Articles of Association will stand for re-election
by ICON's shareholders at the Company's next annual general meeting.

Professor Kelleher is currently Head of the School of Medicine at Trinity
College, Dublin, Ireland and Director of the Institute of Molecular Medicine in
Dublin. His research interests are broad ranging in the fields of
Gastroenterology, Immunology and Molecular Biology and over a distinguished
thirty year career he has led significant research projects in this field.
Alongside his notable academic appointments he has served as a visiting research
scientist with Lilly Research laboratories and has been a founder of a number of
biotechnology companies.

'We are delighted to welcome Professor Dermot Kelleher to the Board of ICON',
commented Chairman Dr John Climax. 'With his extensive experience in clinical
research and in particular his academic insight into novel medicines, he will
prove an invaluable addition to the Board.'

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 teams have successfully conducted over 1,900 development
projects and over 2,300 consultancy engagements across all major therapeutic
areas. ICON currently has approximately 6,150 employees, operating from 69
locations in 36 countries. Further information is available at www.iconplc.com.

Source: ICON plc

Contact: Investor Relations 1-888-381-7923 or

Ciaran Murray CFO + 353 -1-291-2000

Both at ICON.
                                                                                                                  

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