2012 “Fierce 15” — The Best and Brightest in Biotech — Announced Today at BioPharm America™ in Boston

MassBioSarah MacDonald, +1-617-674-5115orEBD GroupErin Righetti, +1-760-930-0500

This year’s announcement of the best and brightest emerging biotech companies took place at BioPharm America™ in Boston today. The Fierce 15 is a much anticipated who’s who list of annual awardees created by recognizing the 15 most promising private biotech companies in the world.

The 2012 winners are AC Immune SA, Alkeus Pharmaceuticals, Angiochem, Aragon Pharmaceuticals, bluebird bio, Celladon Corporation, Ember Therapeutics, Enanta Pharmaceuticals, EnVivo Pharmaceuticals, Foundation Medicine, Mersana Therapeutics, miRagen, Okairos, PROSENSA, and Seaside Therapeutics.

“Fierce 15 companies represent some of the most exciting ‘partnerable’ companies in the industry. We are really pleased to be working with — and to help them celebrate the tenth anniversary of this award,” said , President of EBD Group.

“We like to recognize biotechs who boldly set out to blaze new paths. And we recognize that in an industry like drug development, not everyone makes it to the finish line. But there’s more here than a willingness to accept risk,” said Editor-in-Chief . “If anything, the growing appetite for risk reflected in this year’s Fierce 15 raises the odds against successful drug development, but improves the odds of a genuine breakthrough.”

The thrilled award winners commented on their election:

The event, organized by EBD Group, the leading partnering firm for the life science industry, is being held September 19–21, 2012, at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, MA, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio).

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Video coverage of the Fierce 15 awards and other highlights from BioPharm America 2012 will be posted online at

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