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About Charles River

Charles River is a visionary leader in the development and delivery of advanced drug therapies. We provide essential products and services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, government agencies and leading academic institutions around the globe, to help accelerate their research and drug development efforts.


At Charles River, we view every day as an opportunity to improve global health and people's lives. Our dedicated employees are focused on providing clients with exactly what they need to improve and expedite the discovery, early-stage development and safe manufacture of new therapies for the patients who need them.


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Below is a quick snapshot of our company:


  • Founded: 1947

  • Headquarters: Wilmington, MA

  • Employees: 20,000+ worldwide

  • Revenue: $3.5 billion in FY2021

  • Ownership: Publicly traded (CRL)

  • Customers: Leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology, agrochemical, government, and academic organizations around the world

  • Service Areas: Basic research, discovery, safety and efficacy, clinical support, and manufacturing

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What is a Contract Research Organisation (CRO)

CROs like Charles River provides support to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies in the form of research. We work with universities, support foundations, research institutions and governmental organisations across the globe to develop life-saving medicines and therapies.


Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

At Charles River, we are thousands of difference makers across the globe, united by one purpose: creating healthier lives. Achieving this purpose requires diverse perspectives and experiences to advance scientific breakthroughs and an inclusive workplace that brings out the best in all of us. When we succeed at this, our innovation flourishes, enabling us to deliver the highest-quality, equitable outcomes to our colleagues, communities, clients, animals and patients. We are better together.


We are ardent believers in diversity, equity and inclusion – this commitment starts at the top with our CEO and extends into all facets of our business and our relationships with vendors, suppliers and business partners. We are committed to creating a workplace where everyone can succeed and thrive. We are dedicated to building and retaining a talented workforce that encompasses diversity of thought, work styles, and beliefs as well as all aspects of diversity including race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military or veteran status, disability, and other categories as outlined in our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics. Our focus on diversity, equity and inclusion spans across all employment-related decisions, from hiring and promotions, to succession planning, compensation, performance, training, and career development programs.

"I stand shoulder to shoulder with this team of leaders to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion isn’t a program at Charles River, it is how we work and interact to be the difference every day. It is our way of being that is essential to bringing about the changes that we need."


Jim Foster, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

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