Explore the categories of the Fierce 50

Last week, I introduced you to the Fierce 50, a groundbreaking project that celebrates the leaders and visionaries igniting change in healthcare delivery, drug development, research and beyond. Today, I’m unveiling the five categories that will shape this special report. 

First, we have the Innovation category, which recognizes those who have propelled transformative advancements in technology and methodologies. These trailblazers have pushed the limits of what is possible, reshaping their respective fields and ultimately improving patient outcomes. Their visionary thinking and work pave the way for progress.

In our Health Equity category, we honor those who actively work to reduce healthcare disparities and promote equal access to quality care and treatments for all. These individuals and companies are at the forefront of dismantling barriers to care, addressing social determinants of health and pushing for systemic changes that support equitable healthcare. 

In recognition of those who have made a profound and tangible difference in public health, we have the Social Impact category. These honorees are addressing pressing health challenges, fostering awareness and education, and implementing interventions with far-reaching effects on health and well-being. Their work positively impacts entire communities and society as a whole.  

Our Breakthroughs category showcases those who have made groundbreaking discoveries that have significantly advanced medical science and transformed patient care. It recognizes organizations, researchers, clinicians and others whose work has pushed the boundaries of knowledge and improved the lives of countless individuals.  

Lastly, the Patient Advocacy category recognizes those who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to championing the rights and needs of patients. It honors those who have played a pivotal role in supporting patient-centric approaches in medical care, clinical trials, drug development and research. They empower patients by amplifying their voices, experiences and perspectives.

We chose these five categories due to their crucial role in fostering a better and more equitable healthcare ecosystem. 

To build a stronger system, we need a diverse mix of forward-thinking individuals who can envision grand transformations as well as those who pay meticulous attention to the details. It requires the collective efforts of those who work on a global scale to effect widespread change, alongside those who actively engage within their local communities to improve health outcomes. Every contribution is invaluable, and the Fierce 50 will honor and showcase this diverse range of impactful work.  

Thank you for joining us on this journey as we shine a light on these exceptional individuals and companies.  

- Ayla Ellison 

Editor-in-Chief, Fierce Life Sciences and Healthcare  

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