PatientsLikeMe, the leading online community for people with life-changing conditions, is ranked #23 in Fast Company's annual issue of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the world. The magazine honors established brands including Facebook, Cisco, Novartis and Disney along with such rising newcomers as PatientsLikeMe, Spotify, and the Indian Premier League.
"It's truly an honor to be mentioned among companies as creative and successful as those on this list," says Benjamin Heywood, President and CEO of PatientsLikeMe. "This kind of industry recognition speaks volumes about the direction we're headed in, but we still have a long way to go to bring the patient back to the center of healthcare."
In addition to the Top 50, Fast Company also ranked the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in 24 categories, including health care. PatientsLikeMe placed #2 on this list, behind healthcare powerhouse GE.
Fast Company's editorial team analyzed information on thousands of businesses across the globe to identify "creative models and progressive cultures - to define the many forms of innovation that exist across the business landscape."
"It was invigorating to engage with so many exciting new ideas and developments," said Fast Company editor Robert Safian. "Our goal was to offer a snapshot of the creativity at work in the global marketplace, and to inspire the Fast Company audience with illustrations of how powerful and effective business can be."
Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies issue (March 2010) is on newsstands now, and is online at www.fastcompany.com/MIC. If you have a life-changing condition and want to learn more, visit www.patientslikeme.com.
About Fast Company
Fast Company is an award-winning monthly magazine, Web site, and digital distribution platform that covers the business of innovation like no other media source. Editor Robert Safian was named AdWeek's Editor of the Year in 2009. FastCompany.com, under the auspices of executive editor Noah Robischon and publisher Christine Osekoski, has tripled traffic and revenue year over year. Fast Company is owned by Joe Mansueto, founder and owner of Morningstar, a leading provider of independent investment research.
PatientsLikeMe® (www.patientslikeme.com) is the leading online health community for patients with life-changing conditions. PatientsLikeMe creates new knowledge by charting the real-world course of disease through the shared experiences of patients with ALS, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, HIV, mood conditions (including depression, bipolar, anxiety, OCD and PTSD), fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis, epilepsy and organ transplants. While patients interact to help improve their outcomes, the data they provide helps researchers learn how these diseases act in the real world. PatientsLikeMe endeavors to create the largest repository of real-world disease information to help accelerate the discovery of new, more effective treatments.