At Agios, we are doing incredibly important and difficult work. We are trying to discover and develop breakthrough medicines, and we have a clear motivator — people with cancer and rare genetic diseases who are counting on us to be successful.
It takes people with a diversity of thought, skills, passions and backgrounds to get us from the first stages of understanding new biology and discovering drugs to our ultimate goal of getting these medicines to patients who are waiting for them.
Every year, Agios employees gather for a two-day offsite that we call Founder’s Day. This time together is used to celebrate the successes of the past, look forward to where the company is going, and mostly importantly, have fun as a team. A member of our team since 2013, Sami Piteri shares why she decided to join the company and why she believes that Agios is a special place to work.
- Sami Piteri, Commercial Team
Why We Joined Agios
I joined Agios because when people here said there was “freedom to do great science at Agios” they were being honest and not just talking on message. When I joined, it felt liberating to be enabled to attack real questions with real impact. That feeling is what gets me up everyday to come in….that I am being empowered for success and that that success is tangible for people beyond our building.
I was not prepared for the day that I was told I might lose my best friend. After an entire semester of not feeling like himself, he went to the hospital and was immediately diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma. I witnessed an amazing team of family, friends, doctors and nurses support him every single day until he pulled through and eventually entered complete remission. He continues to be cancer free today. From that day on, I was determined to find a way to help patients with cancer. Now I am part of my own amazing team, here at Agios .
In the end, all we will have is our legacy.
I want mine to be that I was a loving husband,
father and friend.
And that I helped those in need.
That would be an excellent life.
Agios is helping those in need like no other company.
That’s why I’m here.
As a scientist, I have worked in many different laboratories throughout my life and have met a lot of different researchers along the way.
I can honestly say, I have never worked with a group more focused and enthusiastic than the researchers I have the privilege to work with here at Agios.
There is an energy within these walls that is contagious. It stems from the excitement of blazing new scientific trails on our quest to develop novel therapies for patients in need.
It drives us to do our jobs at the highest level of excellence we can achieve. It is something I am proud to be a part of each and every day.