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Dynavax Technologies Overview

Berkeley, CA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Public (DVAX)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
TLR Immune Modulation

The innate immune response is the front line of defense against viruses, bacteria and other potential pathogens. Toll-like Like Receptors (TLRs) are among the most important receptors used by all cell types to recognize and respond to ... Read more

Mission: Our Vision

We are leaders in utilizing the innate immune system on behalf of patients to address unmet clinical needs. We are committed to a rigorous approach to drug development in the field of TLR biology and immune system modulation to attack the ... Read more

Company Updates

  • BERKELEY, Calif. – April 18 2016 -- Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX) today announced results from HBV-23, a pivotal Phase 3 trial that provides head-to-head safety and immunogenicity data comparing its investigational adult hepatitis B

  • Dynavax Reports Top Line Results of Phase 3 HEPLISAV-B(TM) Study

    Dynavax Reports Top Line Results of Phase 3 HEPLISAV-B(TM) Study

    ( BERKELEY, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/07/16 -- Dynavax Technologies Corporation NASDAQ: DVAX) today reported preliminary top-line results from HBV-23, a Phase 3 trial of the safety and immunogenicity of its investigational hepatitis B vaccine, HEPLISAV-B, compared with a currently marketed vaccine, Engerix-B , in adults 18 to 70 years of age.

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Dynavax Technologies – Why Work For Us?


A collaborative and inspiring place to thrive where you can make a difference

Join the dynamic team at Dynavax focused on innovative sciences to make a difference in the lives of patients. Our employees come from diverse backgrounds and thrive in our collaborative, inspiring, and fast-paced environment. We create a work setting that motivates, is enjoyable and rewarding. We welcome you to join our team!


We are committed to utilizing the immune system to prevent and fight disease.

Dynavax Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: DVAX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with multiple product candidates in development for the prevention of infectious disease, the treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, and the treatment of cancer. We develop cutting edge immunotherapies based on Toll-Like Receptor (TLR) biology and its ability to modulate the immune system.

HEPLISAV-B™ - Our Lead Product Candidate

HEPLISAV-B is an adult hepatitis B vaccine in Phase 3 development that utilizes a proprietary TLR9 agonist to elicit a focused immune response providing improved protection against hepatitis B. The ongoing Phase 3 study is designed to provide a sufficiently-sized safety database for the FDA to complete its review of Dynavax's biologics license application.

SD-101 - Cancer Immunotherapy

We are utilizing our expertise in TLR biology to develop treatments for cancer by focusing the power of the body’s immune response on cancer cells through optimal stimulation of TLR9 signaling. Our lead cancer immunotherapy product candidate, SD-101, is a TLR9 agonist designed specifically for cancer and capable of maximal type 1 IFN induction and efficient maturation of plasmacytoid dendritic cells (PDC) to antigen-presenting cells. Our approach provides multiple mechanisms for attacking the tumors along with developing immune memory associated with antigens found in the tumor.

Immune-Mediated Diseases

TLR signaling plays an important role in a variety of immune-mediated diseases including asthma and certain autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Through modulation of TLR signaling we are developing product candidates that can inhibit stimulation of TLRs that lead to autoimmune and inflammatory diseases as well using TLR agonist to rebalance the Th1 versus Th2 response in asthma.



Dynavax Technologies is proud to offer comprehensive and highly competitive benefits to our employees and their families. From health care and financial benefits, to time off and employee services, our benefits help support our employees’ needs now and in the future.

  • Medical Insurance
    Dynavax Technologies offers multiple medical plan alternatives to best meet diverse needs, including a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), and a High Deductible Health Plan (HSA). These plans offer a full range of medical services, including non-traditional treatments such as chiropractic adjustments. Prescription drugs through pharmacies and via mail order with very low copays are offered with all of the plans.
  • Dental
    Our dental plan covers 3 cleanings per year, most preventive, restorative and major dental procedures, and including orthodontia for children through age 26.
  • Vision
    Vision coverage allows for annual eye exams and the purchase of lenses or contacts every 12 months and frames every 24 months.
  • Disability Insurance
    A company-paid benefit that ensures employees are paid while not able to work due to illness or injury. Employees that qualify are eligible to receive up to 66.67% of their monthly salary (after satisfying a 7 day waiting period) to a maximum benefit of $ $1,075, up to 26 weeks.
  • Benefits & Wellness Fair
    Dynavax Technologies hosts an annual benefits and wellness fair to promote the well-being of our employees and their families.

Financial Benefits

  • Retirement Savings Plan 401(k)
    Dynavax Technologies' 401(k) retirement plan provides employees with a tax-deferred way to save for their futures. The plan offers a variety of funds to choose.
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
    Employees may elect to participate by contributing 1 to 10% of earnings (after tax deductions) to purchase common stock in Dynavax Technologies (NASDAQ: DVAX) at a discounted rate. Open Enrollment occurs every February and August.
  • Stock Options
    We strongly believe in giving employees the opportunity to share in the company's success by offering stock options.
  • Employee Referral Bonus
    Attracting top talent to Dynavax Technologies is a major priority and we provide cash bonuses to eligible employees who refer candidates who successfully become members of our team.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
    Dynavax Technologies' Flexible Spending plan enables employees to set aside pre-tax dollars from their paychecks to pay for eligible out of pocket expenses during a plan year. By using pre-tax dollars to pay for health insurance premiums, eligible health care expenses or dependent care expenses, employees can reduce their taxable income significantly.
  • Life & AD&D Insurance
    Dynavax Technologies provides group term life coverage and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance to all employees. Employees may also purchase supplemental life insurance for themselves or for a spouse and dependents at group rates.
  • Long-term Care Insurance
    Company-paid Long-Term Care insurance is a care benefit plan for every employee. Employees can also consider supplemental insurance for themselves or their loved ones.
  • Travel & Accident Insurance
    We provide business travel and accident insurance coverage at no cost to our employees. Employees and their families also receive travel emergency assistance for both business and personal travel.
  • Tuition Reimbursement
    Dynavax Technologies places a high value on continuing growth through education. Our tuition reimbursement program provides coverage of tuition, lab fees, books and registration expenses up to $1,500 per calendar year.

Work/Life Balance Benefits

  • Personal Time Off
    Dynavax Technologies provides employees with personal time off (PTO) each year for sickness and personal needs as well as for periods of rest, recreation, change of environment and release from everyday activities. New employees with the company are eligible for 20 days of Personal Time Off in their first year of employment.
  • Holidays
    Dynavax Technologies observes 12 paid holidays per calendar year. Some holidays are fixed every year, but others are assigned to provide the greatest number of holidays in conjunction with weekends. Dynavax is closed on the holidays.
  • Public Transportation Benefits
    Dynavax Technologies encourages the use of public transit by giving employees the opportunity to purchase Commuter Checks through payroll deductions on a pre-tax basis. Emery-Go-Round shuttle services are free and run between Dynavax and MacArthur BART. Visit "" for more details.
  • Employee Assistance Program
    Our employee assistance program (EAP) offers employees and their families information, referrals and short term counseling for personal issues affecting work or personal life. Referrals are available for childcare services, legal consultations, older adult services and career management. Dynavax Technologies also sponsors regularly scheduled on-site workshops conducted by experts in work/life service areas.

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    Wonderful people to work with and exciting future of the company.


    Market rate compensation for all employees.

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Dynavax Technologies Photos

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Dynavax Technologies Interviews



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    Unprofessional disorganized and downright rude Draconian
    And disgusting. They put a job description which was vague and written for them to gauge the applicants they would get accordingly. It took over a year for them to get a phone screen going . The Human Resources person was completely disrespectful and said the interview was with one person it was not . It was a panel and it was completely disorganized and insulting . They did not read it and they also kept mentioning I worked at a company which I never had. They didn't bother to ask if I can hear them or hey sorry this is a panel. The director is a joke and a complete air head

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Dynavax Technologies Awards & Accolades

  • San Francisco Bay Areas Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, Best & Brightest, 2015

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