Globe 100

Mass. business is bouncing back

Globe Business editor Shirley Leung
oon S. Byun/Globe Staff
Globe Business editor Shirley Leung

WE’RE BAAAAACK, and it feels so much better.

For the first time in three years, the Globe 100 features 100 companies. A strange milestone, given that it’s called the Globe 100, but the Great Recession robbed many of the chance to make our annual list of the best-performing public companies in Massachusetts. In 2010, only 82 companies made the list; in 2011, just 90.

We are thrilled that the Globe 100 has returned to full strength. It’s a powerful testament to the resiliency of our companies and the Massachusetts economy. And some didn’t just ease onto the list, but took a running leap. That’s what happened to Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc., which went from not making the list last year to seizing the number one spot this year. The Cambridge biotechnology firm makes a generic version of the anti-blood-clotting drug Lovenox, a lucrative business that generated $180 million in profit on $283 million in revenue. Facebook isn’t the only company printing money.


For a second year in a row, we are honoring the Most Innovative in Massachusetts - people who have added vitality to our economy or improved the community through an innovation launched over the past year. It’s an inspiring list, spanning business, medicine, and the nonprofit worlds, from the double amputee who is helping others to walk again to an entrepreneur who is making recycling fun.

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Globe 100 Staff

EDITOR: Michael Warshaw; ART DIRECTOR: Martin Gee; COPY EDITOR: Andrew Reese; WRITERS: D.C. Denison, Michael B. Farrell, Beth Healy, Katie Johnston, Cindy Atoji Keene, Casey Ross, Todd Wallack, and Robert Weisman; PHOTOGRAPHER: Yoon S. Byun; PHOTO EDITOR: Kim Chapin; SYSTEMS EDITOR: Holly Warshaw

PRODUCER: Jesse Nunes; DESIGNERS: Grant Staublin and Andy Boyle; MULTIMEDIA PRODUCERS: Scott LaPierre and Darren Durlach