The NEVY Awards, held by the New England venture Capital Association, brings together over 700 venture capitalists and entrepreneurs to celebrate the greatest tech and healthcare investments and exits of the year. In 2014 Zafgen won the “Healthcare Impact” category, and CEO Tom Hughes was recognized as a finalist for “Healthcare Entrepreneur of the Year”.
The “50 on Fire” is sponsored by BostInno, an online community publishing platform and news site focusing on innovation in Boston, and recognizes the city’s top inventors, disrupters, luminaries, and newsmakers across all industries. Zafgen was selected as a finalist in the “Healthcare & Medicine” category in 2013. There were more than 2,000 nominations for the award and finalists were selected based on categories that focused on growth, momentum, and innovation, from product rollout to impressive user or revenue growth, to the intangibles like contributing to a more vibrant community in Boston.
Zafgen was recognized as one of the “Tie50” finalists in 2011. TiE, a global, not-for-profit network of entrepreneurs and professionals dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurship, sponsors the Tie50 awards program annually in Silicon Valley. The recognition is keenly contested by thousands of technology startups worldwide.
The “Fierce 15,” sponsored by FierceBiotech, celebrates the spirit of being “fierce” in lifesciences – championing innovation and creativity, even in the face of intense competition. In June of 2009, Zafgen was named to the 7th annual “Fierce 15” list, designating the company as one of the top 15 emerging companies in biotechnology and honoring the company for its new, innovative approach to fighting obesity.
Zafgen was recognized as an “Xpo Honoree” at XSITE 2009, The Xconomy Summit on Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, held at Boston University School of Management. Zafgen Inc. President and CEO Thomas Hughes, Ph.D., and Maria Rupnick, M.D., Zafgen co-founder, cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, presented during the “XSITE Xpo” spotlight session at the summit, which included twelve startups poised to transform the energy, life sciences and information technology industries.