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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 as potential treatments for debilitating diseases in which muscle performance is compromised and/or declining. As a leader in muscle ... Read more

Mission: We are dedicated to the research and development of first-in-class therapies for people suffering from debilitating diseases that rob them of key muscle functions. By focusing on improving the mechanics of muscle with investigational medicines that may increase strength, power ... Read more

Cytokinetics – Why Work For Us?

Cytokinetics is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing first-in-class muscle activators as potential treatments for people with debilitating diseases in which muscle performance is compromised and/or declining. A leader in muscle biology research with more than 60 publications, over 50 clinical trials, and hundreds of issued patents, Cytokinetics is developing small molecule drug candidates specifically engineered to increase muscle function and contractility.

Cytokinetics was founded in 1998 by pioneers in the field of muscle biology. Over the years, our company has developed an unparalleled expertise, keeping it at the forefront of drug discovery and development for diseases impacting muscle performance. Muscle plays a critical role in everyday physical functionality, including proper circulation, movement, and even the ability to breathe. As a result, conditions or syndromes that lead to dysfunction of muscle have serious consequences on survival and well-being.

Cytokinetics takes a purpose-driven approach by leveraging our unique muscle biology expertise to engineer compounds with specific characteristics aimed at treating diseases that impact muscle function. By increasing muscle strength and performance, the treatments we are developing have the potential to preserve and extend independence and self-reliance in people suffering from debilitating diseases. Cytokinetics is dedicated to helping underserved patient populations which lack effective therapies.

Cytokinetics scientists have discovered a robust pipeline of small molecule muscle activators including omecamtiv mecarbil, our Phase 3 drug candidate for people living with heart failure, and reldesemtiv, our Phase 2 drug candidate for people living with SMA and ALS. 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.

We are fortunate to work in an industry with such an important purpose and believe it is a privilege to participate and dedicate one’s career to such a meaningful calling. We strive to provide more than a job; instead, we expect Cytokinetics will be a place you come to stay, because it fulfills your personal motivations and desires to contribute to something bigger than any one of us. We appreciate that company culture is something that constantly evolves and is ultimately tied to our day-to-day interactions. However, we believe it is critical to articulate what is important to us, how we will commit to treat and respect each other, and what we want to foster and encourage. We acknowledge that some aspects of our still evolving culture are more developed while others are more aspirational. However, this reflects our “stake in the ground” to guide us, hold us accountable, and celebrate examples of that which we hold as important to us.


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.


We are inspired by the unmet medical needs of patients as well as the suffering of their loved ones and we believe our primary purpose is to make a meaningful difference in their lives. We are confident that by keeping the patients as our top priority, we cannot lose our way and that it will ensure we do the right thing by all of our stakeholders.

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    "A great company to work for if you are 'all in'"

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    I have been at CK for over 10 years and have thoroughly enjoyed my time there. It is a job that will continuously challenge and stretch your abilities, but there is ample opportunity to have great impact on your surroundings. Leadership is very strong at CK, and most of the people in the company share a common phenotype of very intelligent, hard working, and very helpful and collaborative


    The biggest downside to working at CK is continually having too much on your plate at once. It is sometimes difficult for me to spend enough time on any given effort, since there is often many simultaneous competing demands on my time.

    Advice to Management

    Management has always been very supportive of their employees, who in turn try their best to do their jobs as well as they can. They should realize that most CK employees are not the type to complain about their workloads, but will eventually suffer the effects of continually trying to go above and beyond to keep up with what they perceive their expectations to be. An individualized, proactive approach will help to keep their employees more balanced and improve the quality of their work.

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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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