This is the final post about our “Foundational Values,” those that comprise the bedrock of our culture here at Agios. In my next post, I will begin discussing the values that differentiate and define us.

Pursuit of excellence and innovation

In a way, I think this value states the obvious – we will always strive to be the best at what we do, and our focus will always be on doing things that no one else has ever done. These are very ambitious goals, but they are what we hold ourselves to and how we want the world to see us. I think the words “excellence” and “innovation” are used much too casually; they are too often referenced in corporate-speak with little regard for what challenging ideals they actually represent. Our active commitment to these values in our day-to-day actions will enable us to achieve our vision.

Guided by trust, respect and compassion

These ideals play a role in everything we do; they are the behavioral glue that will keep us together through challenging times and ensure we achieve the best outcomes. They will guide how we work together—internally and externally—and inform all of our decision-making. They will sustain our culture and our focus as we grow.

The five operative words in these values: excellence, innovation, trust, respect and compassion, are the pillars that will support and ensure our long-term success. We cannot create the Agios we want without them.

Discussing values helps us understand how we can put them to work to achieve our vision. But when it really comes down to it, the world will know what we value by what we do, rather than what we say. Our values will speak for themselves, and for us, through the Agios we become.