Charles River

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Charles River offers a wide range of products and services that span the entire drug discovery and development continuum and can be tailored to specific research conditions. They pride themselves in locations across the globe. Some of the countries they are located include; Australia, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom and United States. In addition, Charles River utilizes distributors and sales agents to represent various products and services in certain geographies as well as upholding relationships with several collaborators that provide supplementary offerings.[1]

Every Step of the Way. As a fully integrated partner, Charles River can support your research at any point along the drug discovery continuum.

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Charles River
Type Public
Industry Pharmaceutical
Founded 1947
Slogan Accelarating Drug development.Exactly.
Headquarters Wilmington, MA
Key people James C. Foster (CEO)
Number of employees 11,000+ worldwide

Company Overview

• Founded: 1947 • Headquarters: Wilmington, MA • Employees: 11,000+ worldwide • Revenue: $1.68 billion in FY2016 • Ownership: Publicly traded (CRL) • Global Presence: 70 facilities in 16 countries • Customers: Leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology, government and academic organizations around the world • Service Areas: Basic research, discovery, safety and efficacy, clinical support and manufacturing


  • Was founded by a veterinarian in 1947
  • Over the years,the one-man laboratory has evolved into a worldwide support network, allowing them to act as a steadfast partner to their clients, from discovery to lot release testing

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Basic Research

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  • Health Reports
  • Genetic Testing Services
  • Antibody Production Services

Drug Discovery

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  • Platforms
  • Integrated Drug Discovery
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Safety Assessment

  • Toxicology
  • Pathology
  • Lab Sciences
  • Chemical, Agro & Vet
  • Preclinical CRO Facilities

Clinical Support

  • Clinical Laboratory Support
  • Toxicology
  • Clinical-Scale Manufacturing

Manufacturing Support

  • Biologics Testing
  • Endosafe® Endotoxin Testing
  • Celsis® Microbial Detection
  • Accugenix® Microbial IDs & Strain Typing
  • Avian Vaccine Services

Operations & Staffing Support

  • Consulting Services
  • Archiving Services
  • Insourcing Solutions
  • RightSource Solutions for QC Environments
  • Vivarium Design
  • CRADL™: Turnkey Vivarium Rental


  • Charles River Labs Will Pay $1.8 million to Settle NIH Contract False Claims Allegations [2]
  • 32 Monkeys Baked to Death at Charles River Labs [3]

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