Meet the editors helming the Fierce 50 categories

Innovation, Social Impact, Health Equity, Breakthroughs and Patient Advocacy—these are the pillars of the inaugural Fierce 50 project. Today, I have the honor of introducing you to the esteemed members of the Fierce editorial team who are taking the lead as category chairs.   

Heading the Innovation category is Heather Landi, the senior editor of Fierce Healthcare. With eight years of experience reporting on healthcare technology, Heather is at the forefront of the team’s coverage of digital health and health IT news and trends across the nation. From in-depth examinations of the telehealth boom to comprehensive analyses of the increasing impact of artificial intelligence on healthcare, Heather brings extensive expertise to covering the industry’s most pressing issues.  

Leading the charge in the Social Impact category is Andrea Park, the deputy editor of Fierce Life Sciences. Andrea specializes in the medtech industry and has a wealth of experience reporting on hospital innovation and IT. She brings her keen insights into these areas, driving our mission to highlight those in healthcare and biopharma that have made a transformative impact on society. 

Guiding the Health Equity category is Anastassia Gliadkovskaya, a staff writer at Fierce Healthcare. Her primary focus lies in illuminating health equity challenges and addressing structural failures within healthcare delivery systems. Anastassia’s dedication to covering these important issues drives the category’s purpose of shining a spotlight on those who are fostering equitable healthcare for all.  

Eric Sagonowsky, the senior editor of Fierce Pharma, assumes the role of chair for the Breakthroughs category. Eric and his team provide comprehensive coverage of pharmaceutical drug-related news, analysis and data. From regulatory approvals and manufacturing to patent battles and mergers and acquisitions, Eric is dedicated to following drug development through its entire life cycle. 

Taking charge of the Patient Advocacy category is Paige Minemyer, the senior editor of Fierce Health Payer. Paige oversees the team's coverage of payer news and trends, ensuring that the patient perspective is included in the complex arena of health insurance issues. Her commitment to amplifying these voices drives our mission to highlight the people and companies advocating for the rights and well-being of patients.  

The collective efforts of these category chairs contribute to our objective with the Fierce 50, which is to illuminate the progress and innovation taking place in healthcare and biopharma while also telling the stories of those who play a vital role in shaping a better, more equitable system.  

- Ayla Ellison  
Editor-in-Chief, Fierce Life Sciences and Healthcare  

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