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Diversity makes us better

  • 01/30/2017
  • David Schenkein
  • via LinkedIn

At Agios, we are doing incredibly important and difficult work that is only made possible by our people, who represent a diversity of thought, skills and backgrounds. I – like many Agios employees – am a first generation American. I am only here because my parents escaped the holocaust and came to the U.S. I […]

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Arete: The Spirit of Agios

  • 07/08/2011
  • David Schenkein

Over the last few months, I”ve been privileged to share my perspective on the values that define Agios. I talked about how values, like absolute integrity, focused execution and collaborative spirit form the foundation of our company. I also talked about how being dynamic and having passion, respectful irreverence and edge differentiate us from other […]

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Differentiating Value: Respectful Irreverence

  • 04/19/2011
  • David Schenkein

Our values of absolute integrity, focused execution, incisive leadership and collaborative spirit combine powerful words. Our next value, respectful irreverence also shares this attribute. I believe we’ve done something unique by linking these two words—and in the process we created a value that aptly describes an important characteristic of our culture. Albert Einstein conveys one […]

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Differentiating Value: Edge

  • 04/19/2011
  • David Schenkein

Our values of absolute integrity, focused execution, incisive leadership and collaborative spirit combine powerful words. Our next value, respectful irreverence also shares this attribute. I believe we”ve done something unique by linking these two words—and in the process we created a value that aptly describes an important characteristic of our culture. Albert Einstein conveys one […]

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Differentiating Value: Passion

  • 03/15/2011
  • David Schenkein

Acting with “passion” means throwing ourselves into ventures with high energy, enthusiasm and commitment. This passion applies whether you”re talking about starting or sustaining a relationship, exploring new ideas, developing novel cancers treatments or trying to win a Grand Slam in tennis. Think of John McEnroe, whose passion for a traditionally staid game—and for winning—propelled […]

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Differentiating Value: Boundless

  • 03/05/2011
  • David Schenkein

Boundless makes me think of disruptive technologies and their capacity to turn fields upside down. People often talk about “coloring outside the lines” but operating with boundless spirit means we have to forget that there even are lines. Our approach to targeting cancer metabolism takes that boundless view – a dramatic departure from a two […]

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Differentiating Value: Hyperconnected

  • 02/15/2011
  • David Schenkein

When we developed our differentiating values, why did we insist on “hyperconnected” rather than the simpler “connected?” For the same reason that we describe our integrity as “absolute” and our execution as “focused”—because we want to be as precise in our description of what we are and what we will become as we are in […]

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Differentiating Value: Dynamic

  • 02/05/2011
  • David Schenkein

Musicians are said to have dynamic range if they can vocalize or produce notes across the register from low to high. We are determined to make Agios into a company with a dynamic range that is analogous to that of a virtuoso musician. We won’t be pigeonholed with one idea or program, but will aim […]

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Foundational Value: Collaborative Spirit

  • 12/15/2010
  • David Schenkein

A collaborative spirit is central to achieving our vision of building a company that brings together different scientific disciplines to advance the treatment of cancer. One of the core principles on which Agios was founded was the melding of two previously disparate areas of biology: metabolism and oncology. It has always been my belief that […]

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Foundation Value: Incisive Leadership

  • 12/02/2010
  • David Schenkein

In identifying our core values, we purposefully modified “leadership” with the adjective “incisive.” Leadership alone is vital for any company with goals as ambitious as ours, but that is not enough for Agios. It is incisive leadership that separates the good from the great. The word “incisive” invokes precision and focus, and it suggests a […]

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Foundation Value: Focused Execution

  • 11/15/2010
  • David Schenkein

Back in the spring, while golfing with my son, I successfully landed a golf ball on an island green in Ponte Verde, Florida. I was nervous facing that green across all that water, but I knew what I had to do to execute and I made it happen. I’ve been thinking about what it would […]

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Foundational Value: Absolute Integrity

  • 11/01/2010
  • David Schenkein

Absolute Integrity is a critical guidepost for us as we embark on the tremendous task of building a great company. We are trying to do two incredibly difficult things at the same time – create breakthrough drugs in a brand new space and build a unique company. Vital to both goals is a culture in […]

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