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Alexza Pharmaceuticals – Why Work For Us?



Alexza Pharmaceuticals is focused on the research, development and commercialization of novel, proprietary products for the acute treatment of central nervous system conditions.  Alexza's products are based on the Staccato® system, a hand-held inhaler designed to deliver a drug aerosol to the deep lung, providing rapid systemic delivery and therapeutic onset, in a simple, non-invasive manner.

ADASUVE is Alexza's first commercial product and it has been approved for sale by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the European Commission and in Guatemala and Chile. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., is Alexza's commercial partner for ADASUVE in the U.S.  Ferrer is Alexza's commercial partner for ADASUVE in Europe, Latin America and the Commonwealth of Independent States countries.  

Recent Highlights:

  • In October 2014, Alexza provided an update on the U.S. commercial progress with ADASUVE® (loxapine) inhalation powder (Staccato® loxapine).  Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is Alexza's commercial partner for ADASUVE in the United States.  Teva and Alexza announced the commencement of the U.S. launch of ADASUVE in March 2014.
  • In September 2014, Alexza provided an update on the commercial activities related to ADASUVE® inhalation powder, pre-dispensed (Staccato® loxapine) in the European Union (EU).  Grupo Ferrer Internacional, S.A. (Ferrer) is Alexza's commercial partner for ADASUVE in the European Union, Latin America and the CIS countries (the Ferrer Territory).  
  • In August 2014, Alexza provided an update on its pipeline and new product development efforts. In the second half of 2014, Alexza expects to initiate a Phase 2a study of AZ-002 (Staccato® alprazolam), which is being developed for the management of patients with acute repetitive seizures.  Additionally, Alexza has identified two new Staccato-based product candidates for development - AZ-008 and AZ-009 - which will incorporate the active pharmaceutical ingredient ropinirole, a dopamine agonist, into Alexza's proprietary Staccato system.  Alexza plans to develop AZ-008 for the acute treatment of restless legs syndrome (RLS) and AZ-009 for hypomobility, or freezing, during "off periods" in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients.




At Alexza, top engineers, scientists, clinical and product development experts work together with passion and drive to develop novel pharmaceutical products. We strive to provide our employees with competitive benefits and compensation in a work environment that provides personal and professional development.

Given the breadth and depth of job functions at Alexza, there are opportunities for career development and growth within the company. We have diverse roles and responsibilities for employees to help develop their careers. We offer cross-functional training in both technical and managerial tracks so that employees can develop and gain skills that can lead to career advancement.

We believe this combination of benefits and unique career development programs allow our dedicated professionals to thrive in a culture where collaboration and creative thinking are the order of the day.

We are developing breakthrough therapies for the treatment of acute and intermittent medical conditions, with a focus on the CNS therapeutic spaces. Alexza’s first NDA is under review by the FDA and the company has five additional product candidates in various stages of development. All of the product candidates are based on Alexza's proprietary technology, the Staccato® system. Alexza was founded by Dr. Alejandro Zaffaroni, who is one of the most successful serial entrepreneurs in the biomedical industry with a long list of successful companies to his credit, including ALZA, Affymax, Maxygen, Symx and Affymetrix Corporation.




Flexible Time Off

15 days per year, with an additional day for each year of previous employment to a maximum of 20 days total per year. This time off can be used for vacation, personal business or illness. We also offer company paid Parental Leave and Bereavement Leave.

Company Holidays

Alexza offers 13 paid holidays per year, in a combination of fixed and floating.

Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage

Alexza Pharmaceuticals offers a choice between three types of medical insurance plans for its employees, spouses or domestic partners and dependents. All medical plans include prescription drug benefits. We offer a choice of Blue Shield PPO or HMO, or Kaiser, Principal Dental (including orthodontia) and Vision Service Plan. Alexza Pharmaceuticals pays the majority of premiums for insurance coverage.

Employee Assistance Program

Allows employees to access the services of licensed professional counselors, legal referral services, financial advisors, nurse-line services and much more. All services are confidential, free and easy to use. Available to employees and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Employee Ownership

Stock options are an exciting part of our overall compensation package and are offered to provide new employees an opportunity to participate in the growing success of Alexza. Shares of Alexza common stock are granted upon employment with the appropriate approval, and will be subject to all the terms and conditions of the Alexza 2005 Equity Incentive Plan. Employees who have reached their 2 year anniversary may also receive a refresher grant, subject to the the approval of the Board of Directors, consisting of additional stock options, restricted stock units, or a combination of both. Employees will also be eligible to participate in our Employee Stock Purchase Plan, which is a payroll deduction plan that offers eligible employees the opportunity to purchase Alexza common stock at a discount to the market price. Participants may authorize after tax payroll deductions of up to 20% of their base compensation for the purchase of stock under the 2005 Employee Stock Purchase Plan.

Income Protection Plans

We offer short-term disability (STD), long-term disability (LTD), life insurance (2X your salary to a maximum of $600,000), and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) insurances. Alexza Pharmaceuticals pays 100% of the monthly premium for employees.

Tax Deferral Savings Plans

Alexza Pharmaceuticals offers a 401(k) plan through Fidelity with a variety of fund choices and allows its employees to contribute pre-tax dollars. We also offer a Flexible Spending Plan which allows employees to contribute pre-tax dollars for dependent care reimbursement and health care expenses not covered by insurance, including some over-the-counter medications.

Other Exciting Benefits

Employer sponsored sports activities. We also purchase commuter checks for employees through pre-tax deductions from payroll. An employee referral program, spot awards, credit union, and various employee activities round out the list of benefits we offer here at Alexza. Combine this with casual dress, and an exciting and collaborative work environment!



Alexza Pharmaceuticals is committed to investing and participating in our local communities. By actively partnering our social, intellectual and economic resources, Alexza helps to improve the quality of life of those in our local area who need basic amenities and special programs, and of our employees, as well. At Alexza, we support the community by engaging in community activities of our own design and by partnering with Entrepreneurs Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation and BayBio Partners.
BayBio Partners
BayBio Partners
BayBio is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(6) trade association serving the life science industry in Northern California. The staff and services of BayBio are paid primarily through memberships, sponsorships, and event registration fees. BayBio provides these services through representatives in South San Francisco and through coalition partners in Washington, DC. Through advocacy, membership services, programs and more, BayBio brings the world's greatest life science community to your fingertips. With the support of more than 450 member organizations, BayBio is delivering the next generation association to you today.
YWCA Silicon Valley
YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry
Alexza is fortunate to have multiple recipients of the YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry Award which has long been considered one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious awards. The TWIN Awards Program honors women executives and their companies for outstanding achievements.
Entrepreneur's Foundation
Entrepreneurs Foundation
Entrepreneurs Foundation (EF) works with companies to create, manage and implement corporate foundations and community benefit programs. The organization’s mission is to engage companies in corporate citizenship and philanthropic efforts so that new and leveraged resources are generated for community benefit. Through this foundation, Alexza Pharmaceuticals supports the following volunteer programs:
Family Giving Tree
The Family Giving Tree
Providing gifts, donations and volunteering at the warehouse during the holiday season to benefit needy families and individuals, including the back-to-school backpack drive which provides basics school necessities that help to make the school experience exciting and successful for children in need.
RAFT (Resource Area for Teachers)
RAFT (Resource Area for Teachers)
Providing teachers with creative hands-on activities in math, science and art, educational resources, workshops and inexpensive materials to enrich pre K-12 education.

High School Career Day
Educating high-school students about careers in the sciences and pharmaceutical industry, with hands-on experiments and access to leading-edge technologies, to make the idea of a scientific career more accessible.

Bring Your Children to Work Day
Giving our children an understanding of what a 'career' is, why we spend time at the office, and who we are outside of the home, to broaden and strengthen the special bond we share with our children.


2nd Harvest Food Bank
Food Drive
The annual food drive coincides with the holidays to ensure that families have basic food items, to make the holidays less financially stressful.




Alexza Pharmaceuticals employees are also encouraged to discover new ways that the company can provide to the local community or other larger philanthropic programs.


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    Excellent co-workers, good work-life balance

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    Senior management is very approachable and willing to engage with employees. My co-workers are driven and there is a sense of camaraderie.


    I have been here less than 6 months and so far see no cons. It is a long commute for many given the general congestion in the area but the company is welcoming of flexible work schedules as long as deadlines are met.

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    My total interview time last about 6-7 hours over one phone interview and two separate days. I talked to 8 different people total, almost half of them in senior management. That was probably the most intimidating part, interviewing with directors, VPs, and Sr. VPs, but surprisingly, it was pretty straightforward. Each of my interviewers asked me almost identical questions, all pertaining to my previous work experience. One of them actually went down my resume and had specific questions about each line item I had written down on my resume, which I thought was helpful since I am very familiar with I had put down. The interviewers were also honest with their own experience at the company and gave me realistic expectations, which I appreciated.

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Headquarters Mountain View, CA
Size 50 to 149 Employees
Founded 2000
Type Company - Public (ALXA)
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue $25 to $50 million (USD) per year

Alexza Pharmaceuticals is focused on the research, development and commercialization of novel, proprietary products for the acute treatment of central nervous system conditions. Alexza's products are based on the Staccato® system, a hand-held inhaler designed to deliver a drug aerosol to the deep lung, providing rapid systemic delivery and therapeutic onset, in a simple... More

Mission: Strategically, we are focused on finding new therapeutic solutions for conditions that would benefit from rapid, precise and non-invasive treatment. For certain... More

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