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Nektar Therapeutics Overview

San Francisco, CA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Public (NKTR)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Nektar Therapeutics is a research-based development stage biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops innovative medicines in areas of high unmet medical need. Our R&D pipeline of new investigational drugs includes treatments for cancer, auto-immune ... Read more

Nektar Therapeutics – Why Work For Us?

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Nektar Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a pipeline of drug candidates that utilize its PEGylation and polymer conjugate technology platforms, which are designed to improve the benefits of drugs for patients. Its product pipeline consists of drug candidates across a number of therapeutic areas, including oncology, pain, anti-infectives, anti-viral and immunology. Nektar's research and development activities involve small molecule drugs, peptides and other potential biologic drug candidates. Its drug candidates are designed to improve the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, half-life, bioavailability, metabolism or distribution of drugs and improve the overall benefits and use of a drug for the patient.

Our Management Team

Our leadership, including the management team and Board of Directors, is made up of pharmaceutical industry experts who are recognized for their contributions in drug development and their success in bringing novel therapies to market.

  • Howard W. Robin, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Stephen K. Doberstein, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer
  • Ivan Gergel, M.D., Senior Vice President, Drug Development and Chief Medical Officer
  • Dorian Hirth, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities Operations
  • Maninder Hora, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Pharmaceutical Development and Manufacturing Operations
  • Gil M. Labrucherie, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
  • John Nicholson, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Jillian B. Thomsen, Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Accounting Officer
  • Deirdre BeVard, Vice President, Development Operations
  • Carlo J. Di Fonzo, Ph.D., Vice President, Drug Development & Regulatory Affairs
  • Henk Kocken, Ph.D., Vice President, Quality Assurance
  • Jennifer A. Riggs-Sauthier, Ph.D., Vice President, Chemistry
  • Jennifer Ruddock, Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
  • Mary Tagliaferri, M.D., Vice President, Clinical Development
  • Mark A. Wilson, Vice President, Intellectual Property
  • Sunny Xie, Vice President, Biometrics and R&D Systems
  • Jonathan Zalevsky, Ph.D., Vice President, Biology & Preclinical Development

Life at Nektarundefined

At Nektar, we're building a culture that encourages vision, initiative, and talent.

Our supportive work environment fosters creative innovation and freedom of expression; a stimulating atmosphere where people enjoy coming to work.

With facilities around the globe, we respect and admire diversity and nurture the wealth of ideas, inspired effort, and unique perspectives that it promotes. We look for exceptionally talented people who excel in their field of expertise. Our employees are determined to realize their personal and professional potential, possess high standards of integrity, an entrepreneurial attitude, and a commitment to improving standards of care for patients worldwide.

Our employees are essential to the future growth of our company. We value their dedication and recognize their contribution to our success.

Nektar Therapeutics Reviews

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    I have been working at Nektar Therapeutics full-time (More than 8 years)


    Flexible hours with an overall emphasis on maintaining a good work/life balance.
    Very competitive pay and great benefits.
    Working on programs that are rewarding/life changing to the general public is beyond gratifying.


    Need to afford more internal opportunity and value the expertise in house instead of hiring externally.

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Nektar Therapeutics Interviews



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    Senior Research Associate Interview

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Nektar Therapeutics.


    Interview with HR, 2nd Interview with Hiring Manager. Both phone calls. Hiring Manager hung up on me 5 minutes into the conversation. Very unprofessional. I was mid sentence and he said "ok thank bye" and hung up. Definitely shows what kind of company they are if they cannot even take an interview seriously or professionally.

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Nektar Therapeutics Awards & Accolades

  • Healthiest Employers, San Francisco Business Times, 2015
  • Great Race for Clean Air Winner(#2 - Highest overall CO2 savings), Spare The Air, 2014
  • Best Places to Work for Commuters, National Center for Transit Research at USF, 2012
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