“To find satisfaction in striving towards a collective purpose, to face the challenges of scientific innovation for improving (and saving) lives of fellow human beings.“
— Alice C.
At Allogene, our culture embraces being good to one another, taking ownership, and aiming for excellence in everything we do. These principles are fundamental to our ESG practices. While we are a young company, having been launched on May 1, 2018, we pride ourselves on our sustainability accomplishments and know our successes are due in part to the fact that these principles are embedded within Allogene.
We accomplish more together than as individuals when we unite as one Allogene community.
We come together with purpose, courage and flexibility despite challenges or uncertainty because every potential patient is someone’s partner, parent, child, sibling or friend.
We pursue scientific innovation with a focus on quality and integrity in everything we do to forever change how cancer is treated.
We are leaders who embrace urgency, initiative and follow through, with the humility to know each one of us is vital to making AlloCAR T products a reality.
We value diversity of thought, background and expertise, we earn each other’s trust, and assume good intention as we collaborate to help patients.
At Allogene, you'll find an experienced, high performing and growing team of employees singularly focused on transforming the treatment of cancer. As one Allogene community, we come together with the shared goal of making a life-changing difference for patients, and we embrace diversity of experience, backgrounds and thought because we are confident that these differences will support our mission to create and lead the next revolution in cancer therapy. We are proud that among our growing team, approximately 50% of employees identify as female and approximately 65% identify as members of a minority ethnic group.
Our mission is to create and lead the next revolution in cancer treatment by delivering to patients the first allogeneic CAR T cell (AlloCAR T™) products for blood cancers and solid tumors
“To find satisfaction in striving towards a collective purpose, to face the challenges of scientific innovation for improving (and saving) lives of fellow human beings.“
— Alice C.
“So no one has to wait for a cure.”
— Ben B.
“I was eager to join Allogene for the people and the science. I get to work with intelligent, driven colleagues while studying the “crazy” science of treating recipient patients with donor cells. How cool is that?“
— Bob T.
“Getting the opportunity to put my own stamp on shaping the future supply chain that will bring life saving medicine to patients.“
— Chris C.
“To leave a fingerprint, however faint, on the science, and maybe, one day, the immune system itself. To fight alongside those whose motives are true. For my loved ones who have survived. And, more so, for those who have not.“
— Dan H.
“I joined the Revolution because I wanted to join a company that gives people not just the hope of some extra time, but that can give people back the rest of their lives.“
— George C.
“To do good science with great scientists“
— Janette S.
“To be a part of an amazing team that has the ability to develop a product that will forever change our approach to cancer treatment.“
— Juliette W.
“My mother succumbed to cancer at age 49. I do this work for her.“
— Ron W.
“The opportunity to work in an environment that puts the needs of patients above everything else.“
— Surabhi S.
“I am dedicating this to my son. When I was his age, the thought of administering genetically engineered allogeneic T cells to cancer patients was science fiction. Today, that pipedream is Allogene’s pipeline.“
— Thomas P.
“Giving people the most precious thing we have together - time.“
— Zea M.
Allogene’s mission is to create and lead the next revolution in cancer treatment by delivering to patients the first allogeneic CAR T cell (AlloCAR T™) products for blood cancers and solid tumors.
Cancer doesn’t care about your culture, race, ethnicity, gender or identity. Neither does its treatment.
We are committed to defeating cancer by leveraging the power of diversity to unlock the best in each of us. We will foster an inclusive environment through respect, collaboration, and open communication, and effecting change with active recruitment, internships and mentorships designed to create a stronger and better Allogene that delivers life-changing products for patients.
We are here to lead the next revolution in cancer treatment, together.
The “Let’s Talk” series was launched by our DEI Committee in an effort to continue to raise cultural awareness at Allogene through small group discussion. We believe in the value of real talk, and that by having difficult conversations, we can effectuate change at the individual, team, and company level by learning about and supporting one another. Discussion topics have included health equity for the African American community and violence against Asian Americans.
As an equal opportunity employer, Allogene is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions, recruitment, and selection are made without unlawful discrimination. We embrace and encourage differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, culture or customs, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique. We also embrace differences in experience and background, and welcome diversity of opinions and thought with active recruitment and internships designed to create a stronger and better Allogene that is focused on developing life-changing products for patients.
People are our most valuable asset. The collective sum of our individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent represent a significant part of not just our culture, but our success. If you are interested in joining the Allogene community in creating and leading the next revolution in cell therapy, please join the Allogene Therapeutics Talent Network. By joining our Talent Network, your resume will be available to our recruitment team and you may be contacted about future openings that may be a fit for you.
April 9, 2020
Chief Technical Officer
My dad was a pharmacist. He had an old-fashioned community pharmacy store and I would work for him in the summer. I helped him restock items in the back, where the pharmacy was. I also served customers who would come in for shampoo and other toiletries but working in the back with my dad was my favorite.
After my PhD, I did a visiting post doc fellowship at medical university in Germany. I was looking at intracellular calcium signaling in human thyroid cells to evaluate the TSH receptor signaling pathway.
I was fortunate enough to work with Amgen for 20 years, and I feel very lucky to have had the experiences I had there. I decided to leave after I realized I’d worked for the same company for such a long period of time. I wanted to be exposed to more biotech and to a different environment.
Once I hit the 20-year mark, I started researching emerging technology companies. I was very drawn to cell therapy because I’m a cell biologist. I felt cell therapy combined my experience and my roots in cell biology. Coincidentally, David reached out to me about the Allogene opportunity, and once we spoke, I knew I had found my new home. I had no reservations. I still don’t.
The day we got our first IND approved. That was my favorite day because putting an IND together requires so much work – so much fresh writing, so much collaboration from teams across the organization. When we received clearance for the IND to proceed, I felt we received our first validation as a company for all the work we had done together, on our own. I was so proud when it was cleared.
I’ve had the opportunity to play a part in several product launches. One of the most challenging launches is also the one I’m most proud of, the Repatha launch. I was proud of the giant BLA because it incorporated such forward-thinking science. Quality science will always be what makes me the proudest. This was a compilation of years’ worth of work across hundreds of people. I loved seeing the incredible coordination of work and the quality of the science.
My father, who introduced me to medicines and where they come from, and who remained the same good natured man through terminal lung cancer; my sister, who, as a nurse, demonstrated exceptional compassion for all human circumstances; and the armies of non-executive staff in the field of biotechnology, who, through hard work and belief, are in pursuit of new learnings which collectively enable the future of medicine.
My hope for cancer therapy is that, with a diagnosis in the future, there is a simple, one-time treatment that offers a cure. That instead of buying time, treatments restore life. That’s my hope.
August 27, 2019
Chief Scientific Officer
My first job was when I was 14 and I worked in a pharmacy at the photography counter. That was the closest thing to a science job in my hometown, which was in the middle of the countryside in Alfreton, England.
I had many jobs before I completed university. I worked at a cheese counter at the local super market (that was my favorite job), and I spent summers working in the factories. That was boring work that reinforced the need for me to do well in school and work hard to have a different future.
My first science job was a summer internship at my university biotech lab. I usually found something science-related to do when at university. My job was to recombine two plasmids to make a luciferase gene for bioluminescent luciferase assays. To do the assays I literally took freeze dried fireflies, pulled their butts off and crushed them up to make the reagent. It was a fascinating summer.
My first full-time job was at Amgen, after I did my postdoc. The day I walked in the door, I was asked to determine why some patients don’t respond to erythropoietin (EPO) when they have anemia. I sat in my office for a couple of months reading everything I could, created a theory about it, and spent the next eight years coming up with a product for it. It was nice being able to take something all the way from a textbook discovery to a potential therapeutic.
I joined Allogene because I believe CAR Ts are going to transform the practice of medicine, and I want to be a part of that.
Working together to get that first IND filed. The teamwork was excellent—everyone pulled together. We set a very tough goal for ourselves and I am proud we were able to accomplish it. I think the team atmosphere here is phenomenal.
I am most proud of what we’ve accomplished here in research to develop our CAR T pipeline. We have pulled together an exceptional group of scientists who work collaboratively and believe strongly in Allogene’s vision. I’m very proud to work with everyone on this team.
Every mentor I’ve ever had is an inspiration. These people go above and beyond to not just do their own job, but to intentionally bring others up. I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for my mentors, and I strive to give the same to those around me.
A few of my mentors include my lab supervisor in my PhD program, who taught me a lot about rigor and precision; my department head at Amgen, who taught me that accurateness is paramount (and that even typos on slides matter); and my direct supervisor at Amgen, who was not only a scientific inspiration, but whose death from glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer, makes me see on a personal level how important it is to target these rare indications, but grievous medical conditions.
I’m focused on durability of response, so my hope is that cancer becomes a disease that you live with or eliminate, not a disease that kills you.
April 9, 2020
Chief Communications Officer
I started working at 13 at a bookstore, the precursor to Barnes and Noble, before they had the internet to check your actual age. First at the information desk using microfiche, then at the register. I’d work there after school, on weekends, and full-time during summers. I learned to love books from my mom. We were book worms.
From the time I was in second grade, I knew I wanted to do something that would be broadcast from that massive piece of television furniture we had in the living room. I loved watching the evening news with my dad so I thought my destiny was to be a newscaster. Age cured that but not the general desire. My first corporate job at Sony Pictures learning about public relations made me realize I had chosen the right career track but the wrong industry. I didn’t have the right temperament for the entertainment business. When I found biotech, I found home.
I was only at Kite for a short period of time, but I fell in love with what we were doing. I joined Allogene to continue working in cell therapy.
Day 1. It was this new beginning, filled with the excitement of creating something new. It was filled with all the hope of what’s possible and people who believed in the future.
I’m most proud that I’ve found opportunities to push through the norm or the accepted to create something original and completely different. The highlights of my career are the moments when I’ve been able to breakthrough barriers or the questions from people who asked “why?” and instead make opportunities with like-minded people who embrace the “why not?”
My parents. My dad was brilliant at finding loopholes, and he taught me from the time I was little how to do the same. He was always positive, didn’t take “no” for an answer, and found creative solutions. His voice in my ear has been instrumental throughout my career. My mom was so strong and wise beyond her years. She came down with cancer at a young age and battled it for a long time before passing away. Her strength and her journey motivate me in my work every day.
My hope is that one day, what happened to my mom and her early death from cancer is only a story to be told or read about, not re-lived. That we as a society must remind ourselves through storytelling of a time in history when diseases like cancer “used” to happen.
September 11, 2019
President, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
I had a few jobs in high school, but my favorite—although short-lived—was working at Baskin Robbins, scooping ice cream. It took me about three working days to taste-test all the flavors, and I left after I had nothing left to sample.
My first full-time job was a university faculty job—I was an assistant professor at UCLA.
I saw a tremendous opportunity for both patients and the field of cancer therapy.
I’ve enjoyed watching the Allogene team grow, especially now that we’re in our new headquarters and have many teams in one collaborative space. My favorite moment happens every day—it’s when I come into the office and see more and more new colleagues who are clearly excited about the work they are doing here.
Personally, I am most proud that my wife and I celebrated our 30-year wedding anniversary this year. That is my greatest accomplishment. Professionally, there are two—the first was unequivocally demonstrating that the wild-type KRAS is required for response to the EGFR mAb therapy in colorectal cancer, and the second was seeing that 40% of patients with relapsed and refractory large B cell lymphoma have remained free of disease after a single infusion of KTE-C19, the autologous anti-CD19 CART therapy that became Yescarta.
To me, this is a question that is more about who shapes my thinking and behavior. I have been fortunate to be around many amazing people. The list is long, but I would be remiss if I didn’t call out my parents, Phil Sharp, Dennis Slamon, Arie Belldegrun, and my wife, Jane.
My hope is that cancer is no longer a life-threatening disease.
August 28, 2019
Chief Financial Officer
My first job was cutting grass. I was eighteen years old. It was also the hardest job I have ever had. I was hired by a landscaping company, working 9-10 hours a day doing physical labor. I did not know if I could get through the summer. I was making decent money, just above minimum wage, and I got a raise of 20 cents an hour halfway through the season. But I remember thinking, “Am I going to be able to do this for three months?” I think I lost 20 lbs.
My first “real” job was at UBS Securities, starting in 1995. I was a research associate covering the biotechnology industry. It was much easier than cutting grass. My job was to learn everything I could about biotechnology, and try to apply lessons from the past to investment opportunities in the future. It was (and still is) a luxury to be able to sit at a desk and think.
To make a difference. To try to change medicine. To try to create therapies that might truly transform the lives of people with cancer. In many ways I hope everyone at Allogene joined for that reason. The thought that there could be people walking on this planet in the future because of the work we’re doing is an amazingly powerful concept. I don’t even know if I can appreciate the meaning of that.
Why Allogene as opposed to other companies working on novel cancer therapeutics? The people. The Allogene team is exceptional. It is the best group of people that I’ve ever come across at a biotechnology company. I think, at the end of the day, it’s the people that matter the most. Strong science matters too, but the road to success is never a straight line in biotech, and the best people will be able to navigate the challenges that inevitably will arise.
The day that we treated our first AlloCAR T™ patient. That’s when it became real that we are doing this. When you put something into a patient for the first time, it’s a powerful moment, one filled with great hope yet also some apprehension. That’s when the work that we had been doing started to inflect toward something that really mattered.
Mentoring others to be better than I was at my job. Without a doubt. I was a research analyst for over 20 years and had the opportunity to hire, train, and advise many people who have gone on to accomplish far greater things in the investment world than I ever did. And some of them are now Allogene shareholders.
For the first time in the history of cancer therapy, we’re talking about the possibility of a cure, at least for some patients. We need to do better—we need to establish that treatments such as CAR T can be curative and advance them to the point where they are applicable to many more patients. But even during these early days of cell therapy, it is tremendous that we are talking about transformative outcomes for more patients. There is no doubt that in the next five years we will see more patients with an otherwise very poor prognosis presented with the opportunity to benefit greatly from novel therapies.
January 29, 2020
Executive Vice President of Research and Development
My first job was as a physician intern in the emergency department of a trauma center in the south side of Chicago. I had not been in the United States very long (having moved from Spain), and what I saw was shocking—gunshot wounds, burns, car accidents, drug overdoses. It was daunting.
We were called “house officers” at that time because we basically lived at the hospital. I maybe made it to my apartment one out of four nights. I often thought about catching the next flight to Spain, where I was born, but I was too busy to even think about anything other than taking care of patients. It was brutal work, but it taught me so much.
My first full-time job after years of residency and fellowship was seeing patients as a faculty member at UCLA. I was an oncologist and hematologist, having completed my training there. I’d treat patients in the clinic for outpatient care; I’d rotate through the hospital wards, where I would be the attending on service and responsible for 40 or so patients at a time; and the rest of the time I would spend time in the lab doing basic research. I did this for 10 years after three years of fellowship.
like to do innovative things and be stretched in my professional career. While our industry is heavily regulated, I believe there is always room for innovation. I knew this opportunity would provide exciting challenges. I also like the people and the “casual intensity” of the place.
The quality of the science is excellent. I have known David for years, and there are few people with his intellect and his capacity to focus on what’s important. I knew Arie from UCLA when I rotated through his clinic as a fellow; he has a track record of changing medical care that few people can claim. The conversations I had with the two of them about their vision for the company and how they want to evolve the field to allogeneic cells sources in liquid and solid tumors was exciting, and I immediately wanted to play a part in it all.
I must admit that I am also excited to get back to the West Coast, my home for over 20 years!
Well, I’m still pretty new, but I can think of two—both centered around the people. Prior to joining, I had the opportunity to meet with people I had admired for many years. This was absolutely a favorite moment. On my first day, I attended an internal Blood Cancer Awareness Month event and witnessed Allogene’s culture of comradery and celebration. People here enjoy spending time together. There is a lot of motivation and desire to help patients and make a difference, but also to have fun at work. That was great to witness on Day 1.
I feel that I have contributed to bringing drugs to the market without which some people around the world would not be alive today. The fact that in drug development we can use our ingenuity to make patients with cancer live longer is a precious gift.
My father gave me a few of my favorite traits. He never gave up easily and he countered adversity with creative thinking and hard work. He was a great listener, and he taught me to listen to people for understanding. He also stayed with a problem until it was solved. He taught me to step back and look at a problem from different angles, to twist it around until it looks different, and to ask others for a different perspective. He was that way.
I enjoy music a lot, and I admire Bach both for his music and his ability to work day and night to produce glorious music. He was a humble man who did not flaunt his genius, even though he defined what western music is today.
I often read books about cosmology and like stargazing. I think the science is fascinating, and learning about the universe keeps me grounded and puts my problems and circumstances into perspective.
Cancer research is iterative work that will continue to evolve and be punctuated by successes in specific tumors. But what’s the holy grail? Patients with epithelial metastatic tumors being cured. These tumors kill the majority of patients with cancer. My dream is that someday, I could say that I made a contribution to developing a cure for one of these devastating illnesses, such as metastatic colorectal or lung cancer. Cell therapy may be the answer—that’s what we at Allogene are here to figure out.
July 6, 2021
Chief People Officer
My first job ever was neighborhood babysitter. I was young and so appreciative to make the $.75 per hour–no minimum wage laws back then! My first pay-rolled job was in a department store, similar to Macy’s. I "accelerated" my birthdate by three months for the summer job. (Funny to think that I ended up in Human Resources.) I was hired to work on the floor, folding clothes and dusting shelves. I was happy to be quickly promoted to an office role, which included making all the announcements over the PA system. I still remember saying, “Good evening, shoppers! The time is now 8:55PM and the store will be closing in 5 minutes!” I loved it – and the discount, too!
The patient-centric mission, the challenging science and the committed people. I’m not one to be attracted to anything easy; I am attracted to innovation, purpose and good people who are working hard at the forefront of science, with the potential to have meaningful impact on patient lives.
Before I even had the formal offer, one of my interviewers–who I’d soon be working closely with–reminded me that we had met in the past, told me she’d wished we’d had the opportunity to work together then, and assured me that she was looking forward to partnering with me. Her openness, graciousness and warm welcome will be something I’ll always remember. It really clinched the deal.
Through some of the more challenging environments that leaders navigate, such as acquisitions, headcount cuts, and tough performance conversations, I never forget the human element. A few memories come to mind – fighting for compensatory treatment for employees who joined a company as part of an acquisition, influencing stakeholders to approve transition benefits for impacted staff, engaging in candid and caring performance conversations that have often resulted in healthy outcomes and coaching leaders to do the same. People really are a company’s greatest asset.
Personally: My three kids, who are rockstar human beings and lightyears ahead of where I was at their ages. My youngest is disciplined and passionate, making great sacrifices now to achieve his long-term goals. My middle is smart and curious, and her genuine interest allows her to capture audiences with her insightful questions. My oldest leads with her heart and views life through a truly empathetic lens. I try to emulate a bit of each of them every day.
August 30, 2019
Leaving aside my time as a fast food cook, my first professional job was working at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. S&C afforded me the opportunity to work on novel and complex matters with some of the brightest lawyers and business leaders in the world. I am deeply grateful for that experience.
Allogene’s mission is to catalyze the next revolution of cell therapy through the advancement of allogeneic CAR T therapies. I joined Allogene to help further that important mission and work alongside a dedicated team and one that I greatly admire.
At one of our all-employee Town Halls, a patient who had received autologous CAR T therapy spoke about her story and treatment experience. She described the harrowing effects of cancer on her and her family and the importance of CAR T therapy in her treatment. Her story was a reminder of how all contributions at a company level have the potential to impact real patients and their families.
I am proud of and grateful for the opportunity I had at Kite Pharma to play a small role in helping to develop autologous CAR T therapies. During my time at Kite, one type of autologous CAR T therapy progressed from preclinical stage to approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Supporting Kite during that time provided an invaluable and fulfilling experience.
I am inspired by the families fighting cancer, and their stories. We understand that, in many cases, there is no time to wait for treatment, and we strive to keep our foot on the gas.
I hope that biotechnology innovation leads to a cure for all cancers.