MADISON, Wis. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Wednesday night, EY announced that Kevin T. Conroy, President, CEO and Chairman of Exact Sciences Corp. (Nasdaq: EXAS), a molecular diagnostics company focused on the early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the Biotechnology category in the Midwest. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Conroy was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at Navy Pier in Chicago on June 18.
“I am honored to receive the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award for the Midwest,” said Kevin Conroy, President, CEO and Chairman of Exact Sciences. “This award highlights the important work of the entire Exact Sciences team. This is an exciting time for the company and we are grateful for this validation from EY.”
Exact Sciences is currently awaiting a U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision for the Cologuard® Screening Test, a multi-target stool DNA-based screening test for colorectal cancer. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Molecular and Clinical Genetics Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee unanimously supported the safety and efficacy of Cologuard®.
Now in its 28th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2013 winner Hamid Moghadam, CEO and Chairman of Prologis.
As a Midwest award winner, Conroy is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.
In the Midwest program, regional sponsors include LaSalle Network, Benefitdecisions, PNC Bank, Becker Professional Education, Merrill Datasite and Smart Business. Local sponsors include 1871 and The Big Picture.
About Exact Sciences Corp.
Exact Sciences Corp. is a molecular diagnostics company focused on the early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer. The company has exclusive intellectual property protecting its noninvasive, molecular screening technology for the detection of colorectal cancer. Stool-based DNA technology is included in the colorectal cancer screening guidelines of the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.exactsciences.com.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.
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