Our Values: We pride ourselves in creating a work community that is scientifically driven, supportive, and collaborative and one that encourages diversity of thought to promote great innovation. We are anchored in our work community by our key values.

|   Integrity  |   Accountability   |   Transparency   |   Scientific Rigor   |    Drive   |


Integrity: We conduct ourselves in a manner that would reflect well on Achaogen if described on a leading newspaper’s homepage

Why is this value important?

Integrity is the foundation of a trusting relationship with each other, our partners and ultimately patients.

What does it mean for our actions day-to-day?

  • We behave towards each other with respect, through both our words and actions.
  • We are honest with ourselves and with each other - we acknowledge both what we know and importantly, what we don’t know.
  • We have the obligation to speak up when something does not feel right.
  • When in doubt, we consider how we would feel if our actions were widely publicized to a broad audience.

Accountability: We take responsibility and ownership for our decisions, commitments and actions and we support our colleagues in doing the same

Why is this value important?

Accountability allows us to rely on each other and enables our partners and patients to depend on us to develop novel antibiotics.

What does it mean for our actions day-to-day?

We take personal responsibility and ownership for:

  • Our individual contributions and decisions
  • Our team members’ contributions and decisions by providing input, constructive feedback and recognition when appropriate
  • Our company’s success by contributing to our company’s culture and goals
  • Our communities’ well-being.

Transparency: We have a strong inclination toward sharing information and we welcome opportunities to discuss our decisions and actions

Why is this value important?

Transparency ensures that we are aligned towards the same goals, communicate effectively with one another, and collectively make the best decisions for our company’s and patients’ long-term well-being.

What does it mean for our actions day-to-day?

  • Our tendency is to share data, information, decisions and their rationale with team members and external constituents.
  • We have a responsibility to ask questions if important information is unclear or not being communicated.
  • We welcome discussion of our decisions and actions to arrive at the best outcome and enable organizational learning.
  • We acknowledge and address missteps as soon as we become aware of them.

Scientific Rigor: We apply internal and external intellectual capacity to ask the right questions, conduct thoughtful experiments and interpret data

Why is this value important?

Scientific Rigor is critical to ensuring that our decisions have a solid underpinning that will ultimately stand the test of time and make a positive impact on patients and our company.

What does it mean for our actions day-to-day?

  • We develop hypotheses based on a thorough understanding of prior data (both our own and that published by others) and test them in well-designed and appropriately controlled experiments.
  • We base our decisions on sound data, and question assumptions when appropriate.
  • We strive for excellence – we work efficiently and internally are tough critics of our work.

Drive: We strive to produce unparalleled results by drawing upon our intrinsic motivation and inner resolve, and to inspire our colleagues to do the same

Why is this value important?

Drive is our curiosity, passion for making a contribution to medicine, and dedication to everything we do. This inner resource helps each of us perform at our personal best and enables us to work together productively to deliver meaningful therapies to patients.

What does it mean for our actions day-to-day?

  • We care intensely and earnestly about enabling the success of our company, our teammates, and ourselves.
  • We persevere through tough times and setbacks by identifying and taking opportunities to learn lessons, change course as needed, and encourage our team members.
  • We stay curious, consistently exploring and learning new things, and helping our colleagues to do the same.

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