Advancing Breakthrough Therapies for Cancer
Seattle Genetics is a biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing innovative, empowered antibody-based therapies for the treatment of cancer. We are the industry leader in antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), a technology designed to harness the targeting ability of monoclonal antibodies to deliver cell-killing agents directly to cancer cells. ADCs are intended to spare non-targeted cells and thus reduce many of the toxic effects of traditional chemotherapy, while potentially enhancing antitumor activity.
First in a New Class of ADCs
The company’s first ADC product ADCETRIS® (brentuximab vedotin) is commercially available for two indications in more than 45 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Japan and members of the European Union. The approval of ADCETRIS makes it the first in a new class of ADCs.
To expand on the ADCETRIS opportunity, we are conducting a broad clinical development program to evaluate its therapeutic potential in earlier lines of its approved indications as well as in a range of other lymphoma and non-lymphoma settings.
Seattle Genetics is jointly developing ADCETRIS in collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company. Under the collaboration, Seattle Genetics has full commercialization rights to ADCETRIS in the United States and Canada. Takeda has exclusive rights to commercialize the product candidate in all other countries.
Advancing Our Robust ADC Pipeline
In addition to ADCETRIS, we are advancing a robust ADC product pipeline designed to address the unmet medical needs of people with cancer. Our strong research and development capabilities are our engine for innovation and
long-term growth. Seattle Genetics’ ADC technology is also employed by collaborators and, across both internal and collaborator programs, there are more than 20 ADCs in clinical development using our proprietary approach to empowering antibodies.
Seattle Genetics was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Bothell, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. The company completed an initial public offering in March 2001, and is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol SGEN. We have more than 600 employees throughout the United States, all with a passion for helping people living with cancer.
Improving the lives of people with cancer through innovative and empowered antibody-based therapies
We have built a strong corporate culture around the values of integrity, scientific excellence, teamwork, innovation and mutual respect. Seattle Genetics embodies an entrepreneurial spirit that advances breakthrough therapies, which is why we are an acknowledged leader today in antibody-drug conjugate technology.
Passion for helping patients
Revolutionizing therapy for people living with cancer
Honesty, respect and trust guide us
Premier science empowers our passion
Teamwork & mutual respect
Shared dedication drives successful collaborations
Entrepreneurial spirit advances breakthrough therapies
Great work environment
Commitment and opportunity inspire purposeful contribution
We value integrity, scientific excellence, teamwork, innovation and mutual respect
At Seattle Genetics, we are passionate about positively impacting the lives of people with cancer. Team members bring that enthusiasm to everything we do, striving to attain individual goals while recognizing the power of working collaboratively to realize Seattle Genetics' vision of improving patient outcomes. Put your passion to work at Seattle Genetics.
As a company leading the field in developing antibody-drug conjugates, Seattle Genetics fosters an environment that recognizes the challenges of breaking new ground by creating opportunities for focused intellectual curiosity and professional growth. Our state-of-the art facility gives our team members the resources to succeed. Located in Bothell's Canyon Park area, Seattle Genetics is close to major highways, dining and shopping.
Seattle Genetics provides a competitive compensation and benefits package (including stock options, medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, employee stock purchase plan and 401(k) plan).
If you are passionate about bringing the best of yourself to everything you do, Seattle Genetics offers challenges, opportunities and rewards. We want to hear from you!
Living in the Pacific Northwest
With ready access to Puget Sound, lakes and mountains, residents of the Seattle area enjoy skiing, hiking, boating and a world-class trail system for bicycling, running or walking. A robust and diverse cultural scene includes multiple theater, music, dance, art and sports venues, providing access to the best of local, national and international talent. The Pacific Northwest is rich in scientific research and discovery, and home to leading academic and research institutions, including the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Proximity to Vancouver, B.C., the San Juan Islands, Portland, Oregon and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains makes it easy to play as hard as you work. At Seattle Genetics, you’ll find a rewarding career in a place you will be proud to call home.
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I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-timePros
SGEN's technology and products can and will have a tremendously positive impact on patient's lives and the future of oncology. There are a lot of hard-working, smart, and talented people working here in every functional area. The company does try hard to keep the patient at the center of its efforts and scientific endeavors.Cons
Unfortunately, the SGEN corporate culture is toxic. You would hope that such a data-driven company would be a meritocracy, but sadly, it isn't. Fear-mongering and bullying play a significant role at key levels of management making it hard for even the best employees to affect positive change. Career advancement and mentoring appear to be nonexistent, leading to a high turnover rate.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Identify the highest performing individuals and partner with them to determine what it takes to retain and promote good talent. Don't sweep negative, endemic culture issues under the rug - focus more on what's best for the business and less on creating a "tow the line" mentality that disenfranchises the best and brightest. The basis of the company is great technology and a commitment to patients - don't let a few bad apples poison the lot!Doesn't RecommendPositive OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Seattle Genetics.Interview Details
I had had interviews with other major biotech companies which lasted over 4 hours each, so the ~1 hour interview that I had at Seattle Genetics was wonderfully refreshing. I was offered the position on the spot and just had to wait a couple of weeks for checks and references to make it final. The questions were straightforward and some were a repeat of the phone interview: tell us a bit about yourself, what did you do in the last lab you were in, etc. Also, questions such as: do you prefer working in a team or alone, what do you know about our company, and other run of the mill questions. If you haven't been working for a while be prepared to say how you have been keeping up your skills.Interview Questions
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To heck with verbs, Seattle Genetics is conjugating antibodies and drugs to fight cancer. The company's technologies use genetically engineered monoclonal antibodies (MAbs, or single source proteins) to trigger cell death in some cancers, but when they can't do it alone, Seattle Genetics pairs them up with drugs using its Antibody-Drug Conjugate (ADC) technology for a one-two punch. Its first product, Adcetris, gained FDA approval in 2011 for treatment of lymphoma in specific patient categories. With partner Millennium Pharmaceuticals, the company is working to expand...