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James R. (Jim) Sulat
I worked at Maxygen
Pros – After Maxygen partnered with Astellas Pharmaceuticals, it became only an entity with a few employees - the rest of the current employees were transferred over to the new partnered company, Perseid Therapeutics.
I worked at Maxygen for almost six years and was always treated with respect and dignity. I was empowered to do as much as I wanted in my role, and had the satisfaction of seeing several important partnering deals happen with my participation. At the time of the merger with Astellas, a lot of the employees had to be let go (I was one of them), and I was greatly saddened to leave the company.
Russell Howard, the former CEO of Maxygen, was an excellent leader. He had an open-door policy and really cared about the employees. He always made sure we had information about what was happening with the company. I would love to work for him again.
Cons – I only wish that they had more autonomy from the board of directors.
Advice to Senior Management – As above - hopefully that mistake will not happen again.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2010-04-03 08:02 PDT
I have been working at Maxygen
Pros – High quality science and great scientists
Cons – Board make all high level decisions without connection to science, and at expense of the science
Advice to Senior Management – Look at the data, and talk with the scientists.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2008-11-03 10:18 PST
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