At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. See what this means for you »

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

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Our Employees

    Our collective efforts as One Charles River are the key to our success, and we know that every person is important. Every day, each of us plays a critical role in making a difference in the quality of people's lives.

    From our animal technicians and security guards to our business managers and executive team, we’re working together to support better, safer and more effective research. Take a minute to meet some of our team members.

Global Locations

    With facilities around the world and capabilities spanning each phase of drug discovery and development, we are everywhere you need us.


    In addition, Charles River uses distributors and sales agents in certain geographies to represent our various products and services. We also have relationships with several agents and distributors that provide supplementary offerings. 

Every Step of the Way

    The drug research and development process is highly complex, yet essential for delivering safe and effective therapies to patients. Even though the process is well defined, drug development programs are fundamentally different for each product.

    To help our clients navigate this process, 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.

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Every challenge. Every day. Every voice.

    Behind every patient stand thousands of scientists and researchers working together to develop life-saving treatments. We don’t all have to work in the same lab to make an everlasting impact. We are biochemists, research scientists, and pathologists scattered across the globe, but working together to develop treatments that can save lives.