Technician in protective gear working on vaccine production

Siemens named “World Changing Company of the Year” by Fast Company

By: Barbara Humpton, CEO, Siemens USA

Today Siemens was named the "World Changing Company of the Year" by Fast Company, a media brand that focuses on the most innovative work happening around the world. In receiving this honor as part of the 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards, we were proud to join Microsoft, Abbott and IBM among the only other companies that have ever been given this award.


Fast Company’s Kristin Toussaint wrote, “With its digitalization efforts, Siemens is transforming not only transportation, but also indoor air quality in building management systems and the world of healthcare, from vaccine production to the manufacturing of medical devices.”


Read the story here: From automated trains to vaccine production, Siemens is changing the world with digitalization.”


This recognition builds on an impressive record of Siemens projects honored by Fast Company over the past decade, from our microgrids and mini-grids that keep the power on, to our work on smarter and more sustainable transportation systems, to our technologies charting a new era of manufacturing.


This year, projects led by Siemens clearly stood out among the nearly 3,000 submissions Fast Company received, showcasing Siemens as a leading global technology company supporting the industries and infrastructure forming the backbone of economies. The recognitions reveal work done here in the U.S. and around the globe, and work that covers nearly every aspect of our business and the markets we serve.

Our effort to digitalize vaccine production, converting a facility in Germany for production of the Covid-19 vaccine in record time, was a winner for pandemic response.


The initial project timeline for converting the existing facility for the production of the vaccine was around one year. Yet through a collaboration with Siemens and a team of experts on site in Marburg, we cut that timeline down to five months.


Read the article here: "How Siemens helped scientists produce COVID-19 vaccines on a massive scale."


The automated S-Bahn rail system was a finalist among the transportation honorees, and two other Siemens projects earned honorable mentions.


One is our work with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to showcase a new digital model for regulatory review. Instead of long PDF files, medical device manufacturers will be able to submit a digital twin showing the exact production process, components, and performance of their products. The detailed information combined with streamlined processes will help the FDA significantly speed up reviews to get lifesaving devices and vaccines out to the public faster.


We also were recognized for our Dynamic VAV Optimization solution for building HVAC systems, which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning for smarter, safer, healthier and more energy-efficient spaces.


Becoming Company of the Year doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, it’s the outcome of consistently creating technology with purpose, meeting challenges with innovative solutions and making a difference in people’s lives.


Great ideas often begin with a couple of people and a drawing on a napkin. And what the judges saw is the power of Siemens: the ability to take seed ideas to world-changing scale.

Published: May 3, 2022