A Year in Review: Highlights from 2022

  • Published:
    Feb 22, 2023
  • Category:
    Work Culture

It’s been quite a year. And while we’re always looking ahead here at Apprentice, we’re looking back as well — on cherished memories, projects, and celebrations.

Join us on this trip down memory lane as we journey through 12 of our favorite company moments from 2022.

January: Feature on Fox Business Trending Today

We kicked off the year strong with an appearance on Fox Business’s January Trending Today episode.

On the segment, Apprentice leaders Angelo Stracquatanio and Marie Forshaw discussed the Tempo Manufacturing Cloud and how it’s transforming the future of pharmaceutical manufacturing.

The episode also featured three Apprentice customers and partners:

  • Synthego: a genome engineering company accelerating life science research and development in the pursuit of improved human health
  • Catalent: the global leader in enabling pharma, biotech, and consumer health partners to optimize product development, launch, and full life-cycle supply for patients around the world
  • Silverton Partners: an Apprentice investor and venture capital fund focused on funding and mentoring early-stage businesses

Throughout the pandemic, Apprentice.io helped produce approximately 370 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. "We are helping modernize life sciences to get us out of this pandemic and help the next wave of therapies get to market," Stracquatanio explains.


February: Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Event

We’re a big fan of creative expression here at Apprentice, and we also have a major sweet tooth. So we couldn’t pass up the chance to bring the two together for our Valentine’s Day celebration.

On Valentine’s Day, the team attended a virtual cookie decorating session hosted by the fabulous Baked by Melissa.

Armed with buttercream frosting and sprinkles in every shape and size, we set out on our journey to embrace our inner artists:

We got a chance to show off our buttercream calligraphy, experiment with sprinkles, chat about our hobbies, and introduce our teammates to our kids and pets. A very valuable Valentine's Day indeed!

 As we continue to adjust to the “new normal” of remote work life, it’s not always easy to find ways to keep our teams connected. That’s why we make a point to prioritize team building activities here at Apprentice (okay, the delicious calories were a huge motivator as well).

As silly as it may sound, taking an hour out of our day to collaborate on cookie decorating really helped to bring our network of remote offices closer together.

And as for the million dollar question… Do our cookie garnishing skills match our prowess for perfecting MES software? Only one way to find out!


March: Pharma MES in Sunny San Diego

In March the Apprentice team headed to San Diego for Pharma MES USA, where we unveiled our Tempo Manufacturing Cloud in person for the very first time!

Attendees were invited to demo our latest cloud-based platform and chat with our MES experts about the benefits of going digital before heading over to our keynote address that kicked off the show.

In his keynote address, Apprentice.io CEO Angelo Stracquatanio took the audience on a journey through pharma’s current manufacturing technology, the industry’s growing challenges, and how organizations can remain competitive in a changing market:

Want to review the highlights from Angelo’s keynote address? We’ve got you covered.


All in all, our team had a blast meeting old friends and new at Pharma MES. It was great talking shop with like-minded pharmaceutical manufacturing enthusiasts from all types of backgrounds.


April: 3,000 Trees Planted for Earth Day

From cleaning up parks to planting trees, our team had a blast celebrating Earth Day 2022.

We’re inspired by the dream of a paper-free world. We help our clients move from paper to the cloud, so we know the importance of saving our trees.

For that reason, Apprentice matched all employee pledges to One Tree Planted for our 2022 Earth Day initiative. Our contact Megan Clarke kept us motivated with tallies of trees saved throughout the month of April: 

In addition, our team shared photos of all the ways we celebrated Earth Day with our dearest friends and family:

And by family, we don’t just mean humans! Apprentice Director of Demand Generation Nathan Anderson took his corgi Yoda on a waterfall hike:

They say a picture speaks a thousand words. We’re pretty sure that when the picture includes a corgi, it’s more like ten thousand.

From park cleanups to nature hikes, it was really special to see all the different ways our team celebrated the planet for Earth Day 2022.


May: Interphex Efficiency Champions of the Year

At last year’s Interphex Conference, we made a ton of new friends and presented on the CDMO and Technical Stages. At our booth, we brought our customizable software to life through a build your own snack mix experience.

At the event, we were honored to receive the Efficiency Champion 2022 award. This award is given to an exhibitor with an outstanding product that supports the fast pace of the pharmaceutical industry.

And after the daily conference events, our team made sure to get some quality bonding time over appetizers and rooftop cocktails:

All in all, we had a blast at last year’s Interphex. We’re so grateful for all the friends and memories we made, and we can't wait to see what this year’s event brings!


June: Gartner Magic Quadrant Recognition

In June of 2022, Apprentice was recognized in the Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for MES:

"There is a fundamental technological shift taking place in the MES market, driven by evolving new technologies that challenge the MES status quo and driven by vendors with the agility and talent to accelerate the adoption of those technologies.”

— 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Manufacturing Execution Systems

We were acknowledged in this report for our Tempo Manufacturing Cloud

Tempo is built so multiple teams can use one unified platform across every stage of the drug supply chain. With shared capabilities, Tempo lets teams operate without stopping for data, knowledge, or process transfer between siloed systems.

‍We are honored to have been recognized as a Gartner Niche Player for our completeness of vision and ability to execute in MES, and we look forward to more opportunities to help pave the way for Pharma 4.0


July: Summertime Company Onsite

To kick off Q3, our team gathered at our headquarters in Jersey City for a company-wide onsite.

The rain showed up as well, but luckily it held off long enough onsite for us to enjoy some outdoor team-building activities:

Whether it's building the tech that supports modern pharma manufacturing methods, or engaging in team building exercises, our Apprentice team works hard! 

It was great getting the chance to connect in person to plan out the second half of the year.

"Spending time with amazing people in a World Class organization with an incredible mission. ‘Turning molecules into medicine.’ Does it get any better? YES! Follow us into 2023 and beyond."

— Michael Morotti, Senior Sales Representative, Apprentice

Thanks to this gathering, we were able to jump into Q3 with cross-functional goal alignment and a number of fine-tuned product development plans in place. 

We were also left with a renewed sense of gratitude for the daily opportunity we have to help our pharma customers create lifesaving therapeutics for people around the world.


August: Top 10% Ranking in the Inc. 5000

In August of 2022, our team celebrated our placement of #543 on the Inc. 5000 list! We’re proud to be included among the most successful and fastest growing privately run companies in America.

Our ranking in the top 10% on the 2022 Inc. 5000 list represents a 1,157% growth rate since 2021. The company also ranked 60th fastest in the software industry and 17th in its home state of New Jersey.

“We are honored to receive this recognition. Our phenomenal growth is a direct reflection of our mission to help pharma manufacturers get medicine to patients faster. It illustrates how the life sciences industry is increasingly turning to modern technology to bring revolutionary therapeutics to market.”

— Angelo Stracquatanio, Apprentice CEO & Co-Founder

Inc. 5000: Fast facts

  • 10% ranking in 2022 Inc. 5000
  • 542 out of 5,000 U.S. companies
  • 60th fastest U.S. software company
  • 17th fastest New Jersey software company

We’d like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our incredible team and our devoted clients who helped us reach this shared achievement. It truly takes a village, and we couldn’t have done it without you.


September: Launch of Our New AWI Package

In September of 2022, we unveiled Augmented Work Instructions (AWI), our new solution for pharmaceutical manufacturers.

AWI is an interactive work instructions builder and procedures builder that lets you collaboratively author and execute pharmaceutical recipes on the go. 

Plus, it’s the only cloud-native, digital work instructions software built specifically for the needs of pharmaceutical facilities.

AWI gives you the power to:

  • Author procedures digitally: Empower your scientists and engineers with no-code, intelligent process design, so you can Create digital procedures in hours — not weeks.
  • Execute where you are: Work on the floor with our cloud-native mobile app and hands-free, voice-enabled headset that is ATEX-certified, cleanable, and suited to PPE.
  • Build quality into execution: Expedite reviews of quality events with review-by-exception and workflows, and minimize release delays with paperless, built-in data integrity checks.
  • Grow with your operations: Let your growth dictate your transition to our Tempo MES platform, which can pave the way for you to build a connected enterprise across teams and sites with Tempo’s Manufacturing Cloud.

Find out more ways that AWI can accelerate your digital transformation journey.


October: Halloween Team Costume Contest

At Apprentice, we like to take everything seriously… including Halloween!

Our Executive Team kicked off the festivities with an adorable array of spooky tricks & treats at our Jersey City headquarters:

Next up was a company-wide costume contest! Locals headed to the office decked out in their costumes, and remote teammates from all over the globe shared photos of their attire.

From punk rockoons to Cruella de Vil, our team slayed a slew of looks:

And we had a blast while doing so! Check out our blog post recap to check out all the costumes we rocked, including our contest winners and some cameos from some Apprentice pets & kiddos!


November: 71st Ranking on Deloitte’s Fast 500

In November, we ranked as one of the fastest-growing companies in the software industry on Deloitte Technology’s Fast 500 list. 

Coming in at 71st on software and services and 125th overall, Apprentice was recognized for its 1,159% revenue growth as it continues to scale its award-winning Tempo Manufacturing Cloud platform. 

This AI-powered solution is the first manufacturing platform that serves the entire drug production lifecycle.

Deloitte Fast 500: Fast facts

  • 71st ranking in software and services
  • 125th overall ranking
  • 1,159% revenue growth

We’re honored to be included among the most successful and fastest-growing companies in North America. We’d like to express our sincerest gratitude to our team, clients, and investors who’ve helped us reach this collective achievement.

December: Winter Holiday Team Onsite

To wrap up the year, our team gathered in Jersey City for a company onsite and holiday celebration.

We debated, collaborated, celebrated the holiday season, and pushed our 2023 goals forward. A wonderful ending to a phenomenal year!

It was wonderful getting to plan — and party — as a whole team. But so much magic happened in the smaller moments too. From 1:1 syncs to company-wide collaborations, there’s lightning when we meet.

And with that, we’ll set our sights back on the horizon and our top plans for 2023. Stay tuned for more Apprentice events, and wishing all a wonderful start to the new year! 

“Four weeks a year I get to return to the place where many of my biggest dreams began. I get to work with some of the most passionate people I’ve come across in my professional life. I also have one of the most supportive bosses I’ve ever had. And, best of all I get to work for a company doing good in the world – helping pharmaceutical companies get drugs to patients faster.”

— Michele Studhalter, Senior Demand Generation Manager, Apprentice

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