Join us as we celebrate the top biotech innovators handpicked by Fierce Biotech editors and honored in-person during our cocktail reception.

Fierce 15 Awards

The Fierce 15 celebrates the spirit of being FIERCE – championing innovation and creativity, even in the face of intense competition. 

Every year Fierce Biotech evaluates hundreds of early-stage companies from around the world for its annual Fierce 15 list, which is based on a variety of factors such as the strength of its technology, partnerships, venture backers and competitive market position. Come join us when we celebrate the 2023 winners during a special cocktail reception at the Fierce Biotech Summit!

The Fierce Biotech Fierce 15 Awards


Join us as we honor this year's top biotech innovators handpicked by Fierce Biotech editors.


Connect with Fierce 15 honorees and over 600 senior biotech executives during our Fierce 15 cocktail reception.


Hear from past Fierce 15 honorees to track their journeys from start-up to the big time. Where are they now, & where are they going?

Meet the 2022 Fierce 15



Agomab Therapeutics

CEO: Tim Knotnerus
Founded: 2017
Based: Ghent, Belgium
Clinical focus: Agomab Therapeutics' lead drug candidate is AGMB-129, a gastrointestinal tract restricted ALK-5 inhibitor in a phase 1 healthy volunteer trial. The asset is being set up as a possible treatment of fibrostenotic Crohn’s disease.


Amphista Therapeutics

CEO: Nicola Thompson, Ph.D.
Founded: 2017
Based: Cambridge, U.K.
Clinical focus: Amphista Therapeutics is developing a slate of bifunctional molecules designed to use targeted protein degradation to eliminate disease-causing proteins. 


Arbor Biotechnologies

CEO: Devyn Smith, Ph.D.
Founded: 2017
Based: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Clinical focus: Arbor Biotechnologies is concentrating on genomic editors for genetic-driven diseases in the liver and the central nervous system.



CEO: Lisa Deschamps
Founded: 2019
Based: London
Clinical focus: AviadoBio focuses on debilitating neurodegenerative disorders such as frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) through gene therapy. 


Generate Biomedicines

CEO: Michael Nally
Founded: 2018
Based: Somerville, Massachusetts
Clinical focus: Generate Biomedicines' key areas of interest are oncology, immunology and infectious disease.


Lexeo Therapeutics

CEO: Nolan Townsend
Founded: 2021
Based: New York City
Clinical focus: Lexeo Therapeutics' pipeline has preclinical candidates for heart diseases and a central nervous system pipeline led by clinical-stage meds for Alzheimer’s and Batten diseases.


LifeMine Therapeutics

CEO: Gregory Verdine, Ph.D.
Founded: 2017
Based: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Clinical focus: LifeMine Therapeutics is aiming to drug the undruggable, with an artificial-intelligence-powered drug discovery platform that scours the sequenced genomes of fungi.


ReCode Therapeutics

CEO: Shehnaaz Suliman, M.D.
Founded: 2015
Based: Menlo Park, California
Clinical focus: ReCode Therapeutics is concentrating on primary ciliary dyskinesia, cystic fibrosis and other diseases of the lung, spleen, liver and central nervous system.


Scorpion Therapeutics

CEO: Axel Hoos, M.D., Ph.D.
Founded: 2020
Based: Boston
Clinical focus: Scorpion Therapeutics is concentrating on oncology.


Shape Therapeutics

CEO: Francois Vigneault
Founded: 2019
Based: Seattle
Clinical focus: Along with new partner Roche, Shape Therapeutics is working to solve Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cystic fibrosis, Rett syndrome and other rare diseases.


Storm Therapeutics

CEO: Jerry McMahon, Ph.D.
Founded: 2015
Based: Cambridge, U.K.
Clinical focus: Storm Therapeutics is working on developing RNA-modifying enzyme inhibitors for oncology and other diseases.


Strand Therapeutics

CEO: Jake Becraft, Ph.D.
Founded: 2017
Based: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Clinical focus: Strand Therapeutics' platform aims to create programmable, long-acting mRNA meds that could one day offer curative treatments in a single dose.



CEO: Debanjan Ray
Founded: 2019
Based: Menlo Park, California
Clinical focus: Synthekine is reengineering cells in the immune system to fight cancer and autoimmune diseases while cutting down on potential toxicities.


Verge Genomics

CEO: Alice Zhang
Founded: 2015 
Based: San Francisco
Clinical focus: Verge Genomics aims to jump from an AI-enabled drug discovery company to a full-fledged neuroscience biotech.


Volastra Therapeutics

CEO: Charles Hugh-Jones, M.D.
Founded: 2020
Based: New York City
Clinical focus: Volastra Therapeutics is looking to target a hallmark of most cancer cells called chromosomal instability.