Committed to social responsibility

Read our Environmental, Social and Governance report for the full picture.

Values-driven business practices

For us, it’s not enough simply to say we have values. We put our values into action by creating and supporting initiatives that positively impact the environment, society, and the way we run our business. These initiatives are aligned not only with our values and our culture, but also the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and the standards for the Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals industry as set by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).

We believe that by building a sustainable and ethical business foundation, we’re able to create and grow deeper and more meaningful connections with patient communities, healthcare professionals, colleagues, partners and stakeholders.

A look at some of

our initiatives

We go to great lengths to protect the health and safety of our team members and patients.

We put in place several internal and external audit procedures. We provide extensive learning opportunities to everyone at Agios, including training on hazard communication, personal protective equipment (PPE), ergonomic principles, evacuation procedures and emergency medical notification. Team members who work in the lab receive additional training relevant to lab safety. In addition, we maintain important health and safety certifications, including CIH (by ABIH), ASP (by BCSP), HAZWOPER (40 hour) and RCRA/DOT.

During clinical trials, we ensure quality and patient safety by following all review and approval procedures required by applicable laws and regulations before initiating clinical research. We also adhere to appropriate informed consent procedures and follow Good Clinical Practices. For more information, see our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.

Promoting sustainability

We are committed to uncovering and implementing new approaches that reduce our environmental impact. Across our facilities, we have converted to LED lighting. We built bike storage to encourage our people to cycle to work. Our cafeteria uses all compostable products, and we’ve worked with our meal service partners to transition to compostable delivery containers. We have moved to single stream recycling and further reduced our plastic waste by adding water bottle refill stations and pipette tip recycling. And we’ve reduced our water waste by installing low-flow, high-efficiency fixtures.

We apply sustainability to our manufacturing practices also. We ensure our medicines are produced on a timeline that reduces product expiration. This makes sure that our medicines are going to those who need them, not to waste.

Our commitment to patient access

The connection between people with genetically defined diseases and our therapies may be the most important connection we make. That’s why we pledge to set prices for our medicines that allow us to reach as many people as possible – ensuring wide access to our medicines for patients today and continued investment in innovation for the patients of tomorrow.

Regardless of the price point of our medicines, we recognize that some people, especially the uninsured, will need help funding their therapy. And cost isn’t the only barrier when it comes to accessing therapies. To put medicine within reach, we are committed to offering patient assistance programs tailored to address the needs of each patient community we serve.

We’ve developed an access and pricing philosophy that articulates our commitment to access, as well as principles that guide our decision-making and enable us to put this philosophy into action.

Our Pricing Philosophy & Principles

Our approach in action

When unprecedented challenges disrupt supply chains, we put our flexibility and resourcefulness into action to ensure continued access to our investigational medicines. For example, through the COVID-19 pandemic we were able to accelerate manufacturing to make sure there wouldn’t be any interruptions in medication for patients. We also ensured that we could continue our clinical trials, adopting alternative approaches to support trial participants’ access to investigational drugs in safe environments.

This included the establishment of our Clinical Trial Coronavirus Task Force, which supported patients on a case-by-case basis to enable their continued participation in our studies throughout the pandemic. Where appropriate, we instituted home visits, telemedicine approaches and courier shipments of investigational medicines.

Ensuring accountability

We have put in place strong corporate governance controls that hold us accountable to the high bar we set for ethical, transparent business practices. Our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics applies to everyone at Agios. It codifies Agios’s commitment to doing business in an ethical manner and in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and industry standards. The Code helps guide our daily operations, and our suppliers and business partners are also expected to live up to its principles. In addition, the Code is supplemented by more detailed policies to help avoid conflicts of interest, ensuring appropriate interactions with healthcare professionals, government officials, patients and patient advocates, and policies detailing our commitment to promote our products honestly and based on accurate scientific information.

Our board of directors follows corporate governance guidelines that require that our board is majority independent and effective. Directors have full access to our management, and the board regularly conducts self-assessments to gauge whether it is operating effectively. New directors participate in an orientation, and all board members are expected to take part in continuing director education, so they are in the best position possible to oversee our management.

Jackie Fouse,

CEO of Agios

Because we care about patients in need, about our work and about each other, we also must keep in mind that how we accomplish our work is just as important as what we accomplish.

Our commitment to diversity

We strive to foster a welcoming workplace where everyone can thrive. As an organization that values and embraces differences, we’re continuously looking to improve the inclusivity of our workforce. This commitment is essential to our success and helps drive our ability to create transformative medicines for people with genetically defined diseases.

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Our commitment to community

We are an active participant in the communities that surround us — the communities where we live and the community of people and their loved ones in need of better treatment options for conditions that are often overlooked. Learn more about the ways Agios is getting involved and giving back.

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