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Adaptive Biotechnologies Overview

Seattle, WA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Our Story
We’ve spent years laying the scientific and technological groundwork to be the experts on the adaptive immune system. With our partners, we’ve spearheaded the discovery and development of its vast applications across healthcare ... Read more

Mission: We aim to improve people’s lives by translating the scale and precision of their adaptive immune systems into products to diagnose, treat, and monitor disease.

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  • Be sure to catch the latest episode of the @Fuel Talent #WhatFuelsYou podcast with CEO Chad Robins as he describes the path that led him to Adaptive, lessons he’s learned along the way, and the importance of building an organic, transparent company culture. Listen here:

  • Excited to announce that our employees voted us one of @PSBJ Best Places to Work!

    Washington state's 100 best workplaces revealed - Puget Sound Business Journal

    From unlimited vacation time to gym memberships to onsite child care, Washington state's premier workplaces have a lot to offer. Beyond the perks, these businesses also share a commitment to fostering healthy office cultures. The Business Journal's annual countdown of the state's top offices is an attempt to quantify that.

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Adaptive Biotechnologies – Why Work For Us?

Adaptive is pioneering the use of immunosequencing to revolutionize patient care. We translate the scale and precision of the adaptive immune system into products to diagnose and treat disease.


It was in a cafeteria at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, where Dr. Harlan Robins, Dr. Chris Carlson and Dr. Edus Warren were collaborating on a research project. Over lunch one day, they started asking questions related to isolating and amplifying T-cell receptors from the human genome when they had an “aha!” moment.

Shortly after, in 2009, Adaptive Biotechnologies was born. The brain-child of two brothers (Chad and Harlan Robins) with one mission - to change the course of medicine and improve patient care worldwide. Over the years Adaptive has successfully gained the interest of strong investors, academic organizations and customers who understand the importance of sequencing the immune system in order to revolutionize the way we discover, diagnose and treat diseases.

To further the momentum, in 2015, Adaptive acquired Sequenta, Inc., a South San Francisco-based company dedicated to improving patient care in diseases mediated by immune cells through the discovery and development of novel clinical diagnostics. The company also launched its therapeutic effort to become a leading TCR discovery company to enable TCR-based cellular therapy development.


In 2018, Adaptive announced a partnership with Microsoft Research’s Healthcare NexT initiative to combine high-throughput immunosequencing and expert bioinformatics with machine learning and artificial intelligence, to map the entire human immune system and change the way diseases are diagnosed. By combining Adaptive’s powerful immune sequencing technologies with Microsoft’s research and large-scale machine learning and cloud computing capabilities, the partners aim to create individual disease diagnostics and ultimately a universal diagnostic – all from a simple blood test.

Now with over 200 employees, three locations, and products and services in both the research and diagnostics segments, Adaptive is not just a pioneer but also a leader in immunosequencing that will change the course of medicine worldwide.


We have a theory that there’s an adventure gene common to the people who do cutting-edge research. 

Adaptive is rapidly expanding its commercial infrastructure to bring its immunosequencing applications to market. Adaptive represents "what's next" in next generation sequencing content and is looking for innovative, bright talent to fill roles throughout the organization.

When you join Adaptive, you'll be challenged, you'll be inspired, and you'll be proud to be part of a collaborative organization making a real difference in improving many lives. No matter what your role is within Adaptive, you'll find a diverse, team-driven, fun culture where your input truly counts!


The power and brilliance of the adaptive immune system and its potential to cure. Our knowledge, passion, and willingness to challenge assumptions–and each other–will make a difference for patients and change the course of medicine.


Individual ownership and accountability keep us moving forward.


Push against boundaries and think boldly to achieve world-changing results.

Value discussions inspired by different points of view.


Demonstrate you care about the success of others. The same goes for our partners and customers—together we can achieve more.


Show up with integrity and do the right thing.


Fun makes everything better.

Adaptive Biotechnologies Reviews

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    Really appreciate the way leadership values great company culture. Seems like everyone is really thoughtful around the way the organization is growing.


    Nothing major comes to mind. Parking can be a challenge but Adaptive offers a transportation stipend for taking public transit.

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Adaptive Biotechnologies Interviews



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    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Adaptive Biotechnologies (Seattle, WA).


    This as easily been the worst interview process I have ever been through. When I originally had seen the rating for the company it was a 2.0 (recently employee's have rated this company with 5 stars to boost it's rating to 4.4) and took it with a grain of salt - but now I completely understand why. From the moment of organizing my phone call with the recruiter to the moment I left the onsite interview, it was an unprofessional experience to say the least. I did not get the offer, however, if I had I would have rejected it because the culture and management of the company is worse than poor.

    A few things to highlight during my experience:
    1. The recruiter asked for a initial phone screen the following day of her email. After my prompt reply, our meeting was not confirmed and we chatted a few days later
    2. Scheduling the on-site interview was handled unprofessionally. I had to follow up several times in regards to specifics of the interview and the travel logistics. At that time I was told I would be given the schedule for my interview. I had to follow up again for that.
    3. After being given my schedule and assignments for the interview (a week before my interview). I received a call 3 days later, the hiring manager called me and mentioned that the draft schedule/assignment for my interview was incorrect and I needed to start over. This was 2 days prior to my interview.
    4.The day of my travel to visit the company, I had to email the HR coordinator, because I was still not given my detailed interview schedule, including the time of my interview.
    5. As I was pulling up to my hotel, I was emailed by the recruiter mentioning that the position was filled. All the offices were closed so I was left emailing and calling Adaptive franticly, exhausted from 4am nights to prepare and upset.
    6. My detailed interview schedule was presented to me at 9:30pm the night before my interview.
    7. Upon my arrival they had a project coordinator as the receptionist for the day - something that I am sure is not her within her responsibilities.
    8. Employees rolled their eyes when I mentioned I had a pleasant conversation with the co-founder.

    I have interviewed at a number of companies and have never been discounted so much. The people were lovely but you can feel the utter chaos in the company structure even after being there for merely one day. To the applicants, I strongly urge you to weigh your options before accepting an offer at this company, should you receive one. I consider it a blessing that I wasn't given that option. The experience showed me what a terribly structured company looks like with poor management. This company is small and specialized so I can't imagine they have a large applicant pool in comparison to even a 1000+ company. It shouldn't be difficult to know who your applicant is and what job they are applying for AND give them the correct information in a timely manner - last time I checked, that wasn't a unreasonable request. They seemed to forget that the interview process is a two-way street. I'm not saying to not interview here, or not accept a job here - I'm just asking that you proceed with caution and weigh your options.

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Adaptive Biotechnologies Awards & Accolades

  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Pacific Northwest: Life Sciences and Healthcare, Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2017
  • Deloitte’s 2016 Technology Fast 500™ - Adaptive 204 overall, 37 in Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical, Deloitte’s 2016 Technology Fast 500™, 2016
  • The 2016 Leaders in Health Care Awards: Outstanding Achievement in Medical Technology, Seattle Business Magazine, 2016
  • Washington's Best Workplaces, Puget Sound Business Journal, 2018
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