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Alder Biopharmaceuticals Overview

Bothell, WA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Public (ALDR)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Alder BioPharmaceuticals, Inc., is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and seeks to commercialize genetically engineered therapeutic antibodies with the potential to meaningfully transform current treatment ... Read more

Mission: Alder’s mission is to help alleviate human suffering by generating better and safer antibody therapeutics through novel technologies. The work being done at Alder today will potentially help those who suffer from migraine, autoimmune diseases, and inflammatory ... Read more

Alder Biopharmaceuticals – Why Work For Us?

Alder BioPharmaceuticals, Inc., is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and seeks to commercialize genetically engineered therapeutic antibodies with the potential to meaningfully transform current treatment paradigms.

Alder’s lead pivotal-stage product candidate, eptinezumab, is being evaluated for migraine prevention. Eptinezumab is a monoclonal antibody that inhibits calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), a protein that is active in mediating the initiation of migraine.

Alder is additionally evaluating ALD1910, a preclinical product candidate also in development as a migraine prevention therapy. ALD1910 is a monoclonal antibody that inhibits pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide-38 (PACAP-38), another protein that is active in mediating the initiation of migraine.

Clazakizumab, Alder’s third program, is a monoclonal antibody candidate that inhibits interleukin-6 and is licensed to Vitaeris, Inc.

Alder received initial funding from the United States Army in 2004 to explore development of new production technologies for humanized antibodies. Since then, Alder has focused on developing its pipeline of therapeutic candidates that leverage its proprietary monoclonal antibody discovery and manufacturing technologies to address a variety of unmet medical needs.

At Alder, we seek talented contributors who thrive in a high-energy team environment and want to make a real and lasting impact in the field of antibody therapeutics. Alder teams are creative, collaborative, open, committeed–and central to the success of this company and its mission. If this is the kind of company you want to work for, we want to hear from you.

We’re honored to be selected by our employees as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the Pacific Northwest.

Alder Biopharmaceuticals Reviews

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    "Supportive Management & Positive Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
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    I have been working at Alder Biopharmaceuticals full-time (More than 3 years)


    Since the changes in Exec's last year, the company culture has maintained for now. Peers are still excited to be part of a ground breaking small biotech. Some have left but not because of management. There is a work-life balance and the people are kind. Great new enthusiastic CEO.


    Out with the old and in with the new exec's....TBD. Some of the old perks are no longer. We even had a summer book club.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and please maintain the good and kind culture that built this business. Take value in your employees and get to know them. Value them, and they will value you and climb mountains for you.

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Alder Biopharmaceuticals Interviews



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    Head of Statistical Programming Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Alder Biopharmaceuticals (Bothell, WA) in November 2017.


    In-house recrutier had 30 minutes phone interview with me. Usual HR questions with a lot of hypothetical old fashioned questions. A few days later, the hiring manager had a 45 minutes phone interview with me. No challenging technical questions. He is pretty new at the position - less than two months with 50% local residency and 50% at his previous location. Main concern was whether I could write program code to support abstracts. All their work is outsourced to CRO, hence little work to do in-house. Issues - No processes, SOPs, nor infracstructure in place. Company transitioning from early stage to clinical development. Very exciting opportunities.
    A couple of weeks later, I had a face to face interview at their site. Interviewers are key executives - Founder, head of clinical, head of technology, HR head, consulting Biostatistician, head of regulatory and some data managers. Prior to face to face, I was told only one programmer with report to the postion, but I did not have the opportunity to see that programmer.
    Generally, I like the feel and people of the company. The working environment is pretty satisfying and environmentally clean. The interviewers were polite, knowledgeable, informative and positive about the company and the future. The founder of the company was more thorough and detail, but no technical or process questions from him. He was more of an old-fashioned step-wise interviewer, with sequential drill down of the resume. He is a very smart scientist! I had some tough challenge reading the hiring manager and developed serious doubts in my mind if I would like to work for him as a boss. He referred most of my questions to other interviewers. He was not as interactive as the founder, the technology head, the HR head, the head of regulatory and the head of clinical development all of which convinced me of Alder's bright future, and excellent place to work and a family of great workers. Overall, it was a positive experience!

    Note: I sent a message to HR and the hiring manager to withdraw my candidacy.

    Interview Questions

    • Lots of questions about why I would love to work at Alder, what I have been doing, the process of BLA/NDA submissions and my style of managing people...even though thy is no person to manage.   1 Answer
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Alder Biopharmaceuticals Awards & Accolades

  • Washington's 100 Best Companies to Work For, Seattle Business Magazine, 2016

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