Governor Lee and ECD Announce ICON Clinical Research, Inc. to Expand Brentwood Operations

  • Expansion will create more than 85 new, high-wage jobs in Davidson County
  • Company is a global provider of clinical research services

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and ICON Clinical Research, Inc. officials today announced the company will expand its Brentwood research operations. The project will create 85 new, high-paying jobs in Davidson County over the next five years.


ICON is adding research managers, product managers and research coordinators for contracts within the oncology, cardiovascular and CNS space. In addition to hiring, ICON will invest in available office space and software and research equipment.


ICON Clinical Research is a global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. It currently has 369 employees in Tennessee and more than 15,250 employees worldwide.


Over the last five years, TNECD has supported more than 60 economic development projects in Davidson County, resulting in approximately 18,000 job commitments and $2 billion in capital investment.




Tennessee Governor Bill Lee (R)

“ICON Clinical Research’s decision to invest in Brentwood is a testament to Middle Tennessee’s strong economy and high-quality workforce.

I’m thankful that companies like ICON are thriving in our state and the creation of these jobs is a boost to our growing medical research field.” – Gov. Bill Lee

Representative Bob Freeman (D) of Nashville

Thanks also to local leadership and the Department of Economic and Community Development for their help in guiding this project through to fruition.” – Rep. Bob Freeman (D-Nashville)


“At TNECD we are committed to bringing quality family-wage jobs to Tennesseans. We’d like to thank ICON for choosing to expand its world-renowned business in Brentwood. It’s a testament to our strong workforce and business-friendly climate we’ve fostered in Tennessee.” – TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe 


“ICON is pleased to announce the addition of 85 high-quality jobs to our operations in Brentwood. We applaud the State of Tennessee’s continued support of Greater Nashville as a global hub for clinical and medical research.” – David Cahill, vice president, facilities, ICON Clinical Research


“TVA and Nashville Electric Service congratulate ICON Clinical Research on its decision to expand operations and create additional job opportunities. Helping to support a company’s continued commitment to business growth and job creation, is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service and we are proud to partner with Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce to further that mission and celebrate ICON Clinical Research’s continued success in the Valley.” – John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development


“This is great news for our city and strengthens Nashville’s reputation as a leader in the healthcare industry. The research done at ICON can make a significant impact in improving public health, and the addition of 80+ high quality jobs will have a positive impact on our economy. I’m grateful to the Department of Economic Development and local officials for their work with helping ICON grow in Music City.” – Sen. Heidi Campbell (D-Nashville)