Mission: As a life sciences company, Sequenom (NASDAQ: SQNM) has a guiding vision: To improve healthcare by providing revolutionary genomic and genetic analysis solutions for the clinical research and molecular diagnostic markets.
I worked at Sequenom full-time (More than a year)
Large department budgets. Given the tools and resources to get projects done. Good soft benefits like parties and FitBit challanges. Transparent management. Great products.
Senior management squandered their first mover advantage through scandals and constantly missing out on reading and reacting to a fast changing market Sequenom basically built from the ground up. Typical viotile biotech, could be ramping for growth or laying off impossible to feel any sense of security. Facilities in San Diego feel dated and those hallway pictures are off-putting. No parking after 9am. Lots of waste spent on projects that never needed to done in the first place. Revolving door leads to pet projects being pitched and abandoned mid stream.
Advice to Management
Disassociate from the past , change the company name. Find a partner that can take NIPT and commercialize it profitably. Always have more than one person in critical roles too much brain drain. Too many incoherent projects that all do the same thing which is a huge waste of money...unless they outright fail, be more dictitorial in choosing what projects get funded. RETENTION, RETENTION, RETENTION!
I applied online. I interviewed at Sequenom.
Hiring process took a few weeks. Met with team I'd been working with. Group seemed nice and friendly but overall not super interested or passionate in what they do. If you're looking to switch into this sector from another life sciences field this may be a good place to do so as some of the scientists and RAs had previously been botanists and were now working in IVD. Overall just not a good fit for me personally.
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