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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 With Us?

Corporate Overviewundefined

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

  • Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Great company who is passionate about their mission/science as well as their employees"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director, Clinical Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Director, Clinical Operations in San Francisco, CA
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    I have been working at Nektar Therapeutics full-time (More than a year)


    Nektar has a truly engaging work environment that promotes a work/life balance and cares about their employees. Leadership is engaging and approachable. Transparent with company goals and vision. Leaders mentor and leads from the ground up, position seems to be valued and appreciated regardless of your title and role. I was very nervous about moving into this industry and working for a smaller company however it has turned out to be the best decision I made. Only wish I had done it years ago.


    Nektar is growing rapidly and has numerous high profile projects ongoing. Sometimes the communication does not keep up with the changing environment.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to put your teams and work environment first. I have personally witnessed individual employees who are toxic and unable to work in a team environment who are addressed by the leaders in quick manner. These actions set a crucial tone within the company that certain behavior and actions that lead to a negative work environment will not be tolerated regardless of your role. This definitely adds to employees confidence in Nektar Leadership.

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Nektar Therapeutics Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview




  1. Helpful (2)  

    Associate Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Nektar Therapeutics (San Francisco, CA) in April 2018.


    Very organized process, NDA to be signed, down to a checklist for lunch. Very professional and it looks like they a hiring many folks. HR reached out first then there was a phone screen with the hiring manager. Options for parking were offered for the in person interview.

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Nektar Therapeutics Awards & Accolades

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