More than a Job – A Difference: People, Culture, and Careers

At Ignyta, we believe that our mission starts with creating a truly great place to work, where people can bring the best parts of themselves to bear on some of humanity’s greatest challenges. We want to be more than a leading biotech company, working to create groundbreaking cancer drugs. We want Ignyta to be a truly great company.

From the Ignyta 2016 Employee Survey

The single thing that inspires people most about Ignyta is the focus on results for patients, and the feeling that they’re making a difference in cancer research and treatment for actual people. Second is the sense of inspiration they feel from consistently working with smart, motivated people who do great work.

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As you’ll read on our Vision & Values page, this is The Flame, the thing that unites us:

“We are passionate about working on superior products that improve our patients’ lives, we are warmly loyal to each other and to those we work with (partners, collaborators), and for (patients, shareholders), and we are a company of self-starters seeking to be the best at what we do.”

The People of Ignyta


We recently asked the team here at Ignyta what they like (and don’t) about the company, their job, and people with whom they work. Our people said they loved that Ignyta maintains a “small company feel,” even as we grow and change, and that Ignyta’s strong commitment to excellence and the collaborative culture that supports it keep them wanting to do – and give – their best.


From the experienced leadership team that doesn’t take itself too seriously (come on, our clinical trials are named after a science fiction series…) to the vibrant, collaborative employee culture, Ignyta’s team members truly believe they’re working with the best to change cancer care on behalf of patients everywhere.

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Join the Ignyta Team!

If you’d like to work for a leader in biotechnology and precision medicine, making a real difference in the lives of cancer patients, learn how you can join the team of stunning colleagues at Ignyta.

What Does “Stunning Colleague” Mean at Ignyta?

The Ignyta Stunning Colleague diagram - what makes the perfect Ignyta teammate.

Audacious Thinker

  • Dreams big
  • Generates creative ideas or solution
  • Remains flexible and adaptive to change

Unstoppable Executor

  • Wise decision-maker and problem solver
  • Gets things done effectively and efficiently
  • Delivers in the clutch

Team Player

  • Passionate about serving patients and company’s vision and values
  • Competes hard to win, but supports team goals over self-interests
  • Highly productive, but knows how to have fun

The Patrick M. O’Connor Beacon Program

Patrick M. O'Connor, 1960-2016

Ignyta co-founder Patrick O’Connor exemplified the Beacon value, and one of his interests was to help young people in their careers. In 2013, during Ignyta’s early days Patrick started an informal summer internship program, which has persisted and grown to this day. To commemorate this commitment to scientific internships, as first introduced to Ignyta by Patrick, and in honor of his distinguished life, dedication and service to patients and young scientists, Ignyta launched the Patrick M. O’Connor Beacon Program at Ignyta in July 2016:

As one of Ignyta’s founding scientific leaders in the field of precision medicine in oncology, Patrick M. O’Connor, Ph.D., believed that having young scientists work in Ignyta’s scientific labs would help them hone their scientific skills and enable them to choose a career path that best suits their scientific interests. Honoring this belief, Ignyta invites student interns every summer to join us in our pursuit of developing precision therapeutics and companion diagnostics that benefit cancer patients worldwide.

For more information on the Patrick M. O’Connor Beacon Program, contact hr@ignyta.com, and please read Ignyta CEO Jonathan Lim’s tribute, “A Shining Beacon: How My Cancer Researcher Friend Ignited My Resolve to Fight Cancer before He Died from Cancer.”