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Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Recognized for Innovative Talent Management in HR Executive Magazine's ‘Best HR Ideas for 2010' Issue

Monthly dialogues replace annual reviews to give employees more ‘real time’ feedback. Employee development is a priority at Merrimack, which has hired 50 people since October 2009 and is a recipient of a $1.5 million Massachusetts Life Sciences Center tax incentive award for job creation.

Cambridge, Mass (PRWEB) March 24, 2010 -- Merrimack Pharmaceuticals was one of 18 winners out of more than 100 entries in Human Resources magazine’s second annual competition for the most noteworthy HR ideas. Awards were in four categories: Benefits, HR Technology, Talent Management and Training & Development.

Merrimack was recognized in the Talent Management category for the company’s decision last year to replace its semi-annual review process with 12 monthly employee dialogue sessions. “Talking monthly helps ensure that managers are actively involved in their employees’ development and creates alignment around team and company objectives,”    said Andy Porter, senior director of Human Resources, at Merrimack. “As Merrimack continues to grow, it’s critically important that we have a strong foundation of manager-employee feedback in place.” The dialogues include: goal check-in, job competencies and development, one actionable item the employee can improve, and types of support the manager can provide.

About Merrimack
Merrimack is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery and development of novel medicines for the treatment of cancer and inflammation. The Company is advancing a robust pipeline of engineered therapeutics paired with molecular diagnostics. Merrimack’s first two oncology candidates, MM-121, partnered with sanofi-aventis, and MM-111, are in Phase 1 clinical testing with multiple pre-clinical development and research stage programs in the pipeline. MM-121 and MM-111 are investigational drugs and have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or any international regulatory agency. The Company’s proprietary Network Biology discovery platform, developed with the help of leading scientists from MIT and Harvard, integrates the fields of engineering, biology, and computing to enable mechanism-based, model driven discovery and development of both therapeutics and diagnostics. Merrimack is a privately-held company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For additional information, please visit


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