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Cytokinetics Overview

South San Francisco, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Public (CYTK)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Cytokinetics is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing first-in-class muscle activators and best-in-class muscle inhibitors as potential treatments for debilitating diseases in which muscle performance is compromised and/or ... Read more

Mission: We are developing potential medicines to improve the healthspan of people with devastating cardiovascular and neuromuscular diseases of impaired muscle function.

Cytokinetics – Why Work For Us?

Cytokinetics is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing first-in-class muscle activators and best-in-class muscle inhibitors as potential treatments for debilitating diseases in which muscle performance is compromised and/or declining. 

Cytokinetics scientists have discovered a robust pipeline of small molecule muscle activators; omecamtiv mecarbil, our Phase 3 drug candidate for people living with heart failure; reldesemtiv, our Phase 2 drug candidate for people living with SMA and ALS; CK-274, a novel cardiac myosin inhibitor; and CK-601, a next-generation FSTA. Our muscle biology drug discovery and development platform has great potential for many other diseases and medical conditions characterized by muscle weakness, fatigue, or diminished muscle function.


Innovation is at the heart of Cytokinetics’ mission. We take pride in the pursuit of innovative approaches to novel research and development. While our approach is more challenging, carries higher risks, and can be humbling at times, we wouldn’t trade it for anything.


We recognize that the complexities of our novel pursuits will foster discussion and possibly differing opinions, resulting in passionate convictions and healthy debates from all levels and functional areas. We also expect and take pride in transparent and candid dialogue with and among all employees. Critical and bold thinking enables us to achieve our goals.


We expect ethical behavior, high integrity, and mutual respect from all employees. Although opinions may differ, the focus must remain on solving the issue or challenge at hand while maintaining a respectful atmosphere. We are strongest when we function as a unified team.


We are aggressive in setting challenging goals as well as measuring and communicating our performance and execution toward them. We also recognize that our objectives may require adjustment with new information or data. We have high expectations regarding commitment, dedication, ownership, and accountability for outcomes.


We ask a lot of our employees. Cytokinetics is not the place to work if you are seeking an easy, predictable, and comfortable job. At the same time, we offer flexible solutions for how the job can be performed and strive to afford reasonable work/life balance for all employees. We strive for realistic expectations but recognize that success in our business requires extraordinary dedication and commitment to excellence.


We view employee development as mutually beneficial and a shared responsibility. We expect employees to be challenged, afforded the opportunity to develop new skills, and given every opportunity to excel but also allowed to fail. We foster an environment where employees can learn from their missteps and facilitate an environment of personal and professional development, growth, and advancement.


We are proud of fostering a strong sense of community in which our employees develop strong bonds with colleagues. We provide many opportunities to mix work and social connections and believe a “work hard, play hard” attitude is critical to building and sustaining a positive and invigorating culture. We also believe that we have a corporate and social responsibility to give back to the broader community in which we operate through volunteerism and support of the patient populations we serve.

We view our employees as the unequivocal ingredients to success. Each and every employee is an integral member of the Cytokinetics team, contributing to our shared goal of improving the lives of people with debilitating diseases in which muscle performance is compromised and/or declining. While expectations of our employees are high, there is an equal commitment to ensuring that contributions are recognized and rewarded. We seek exceptional individuals to join us in our mission to develop the next generation of novel small molecule drugs specifically engineered to increase muscle function and contractility.

Our passion is anchored in rigorous and diligent scientific and clinical approaches to the discovery and development of novel mechanism therapeutics. With gratitude for the commitments and convictions of our employees who are inspired by the courage of patients we aim to serve, we believe Cytokinetics will continue to be a pioneering, values-driven, sustainable, fully integrated biopharmaceutical company.

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    It’s a small sized company with a great pipeline. I like that I know everyone and people seem to care about each other. The company has fun activities like themed beer busts, company picnic, giants baseball game, holiday party, and community events.


    We don’t have some of the amenities like the newer buildings do but I heard we are looking to move in a couple years to a new building that offers it.

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Cytokinetics Photos

Cytokinetics photo of: We were proud to have 20 employees, family and friends ride and walk in the 2018 Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS to help raise money and awareness for ALS
Cytokinetics photo of: Employees volunteering with Habitat for Humanity
Cytokinetics photo of: Employees attending the annual Champions for Care & a Cure Gala hosted by The ALS Association Golden West Chapter in San Francisco
Cytokinetics photo of: Every year we have employee appreciation day during the ALS Awareness Game at the SF Giants. Here is CEO Robert Blum representing the company on the field during pre-game activities.
Cytokinetics photo of: Our 2018 softball team: "Psychokinetics"
Cytokinetics photo of: At our ALS Adds Event, part of The ALS Association's Every Drop Adds Up campaign
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    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Cytokinetics (South San Francisco, CA) in October 2007.


    Responded to Craigslist ad, phone screen with staff member, then 1:1 interview with hiring manager and team members. Positive overall first impressions regarding knowledge and competency



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