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Cambridge, MA
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Public (BLUE)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
At bluebird, our ambition is as bold as our science. We are 750+ employees with 4 nests across the US & Europe working towards 4 potential product approvals by 2022 and advancing a pipeline to tackle a range of severe diseases. Powered by multiple labs and a ... Read more

Mission: At bluebird bio, we’re pioneering the uniquely promising world of gene therapy with a deep sense of purpose – to ensure lives are lived fully.

To do it, we’re developing one-time gene therapies for severe genetic disease and ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Have you heard the latest news from the nest? Our birds are chirping with excitement this morning after hearing that the European Commission (EC) has granted conditional marketing authorization for our treatment for certain patients with transfusion-dependent β-thalassemia (TDT) in the EU! This marks an important milestone for the TDT community, as well as for bluebird bio as our first treatment to gain regulatory approval!

    bluebird bio Announces EU Conditional Marketing Authorization for ZYNTEGLO™ (autologous CD34+ cells encoding ßA-T87Q-globin gene) Gene Therapy for Patients 12 Years and Older with Transfusion-Dependent ß-Thalassemia Who Do Not Have ß0/ß0 Genotype | bluebird bio, Inc.

    ZYNTEGLO is the first gene therapy approved for transfusion-dependent ß-thalassemia (TDT) European marketing authorization for ZYNTEGLO follows the fastest assessment of an advanced therapy medicinal product (ATMP) as part of the European Medicines Agency's Priority Medicines (PRIME) program ZYNTEGLO is bluebird bio's first gene therapy to gain regulatory approval CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun.

  • Our birds have many talents. By day they might be at a desk, but by night they rock out! Our in-house band, JC + The Beakers played at Battle of The Biotech Bands...and won! With over 60 birds in the audience chirping them on, they swept the competition and won $60,000 to donate to the @ChildrensCardiomyopathyFoundation.

    We’re so proud of our song birds for their dedication to the cause and pouring their hearts out on the stage last night to take home the win.

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bluebird bio – Why Work For Us?

We are leading the gene therapy revolution! Together, we birds are working to make hope a reality for patients with genetic diseases and cancer. Our integrated product platforms encompass gene therapy, cancer immunotherapy and gene editing – providing us with the potential to treat, and hopefully cure, a broad range of serious diseases.

Looking for an overview of our science and what a bluebird day means to us? Watch the TEDx Boston Talk from our cheif bluebird, Nick Leschly!

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    Patients are top-of-mind and how the work we're doing supports patients is brought into everyday conversations, in all parts of the company. Coworkers are friendly, funny, smart, and want to help you succeed. Leaders are inspiring, authentic, and approachable. They act like real people without the layers of corporate sheen. The culture is supportive and congenial - we have a company band, a bunch of different ERGs, potlucks, sports teams, book clubs, board game clubs, a talent show, and so much more. It's really something that I have never experienced before.


    Workload is intense. Your expectation should not be a 40-hour work week. I work about 55-60 hours/week and could still do more if it weren't for my intentional pullback and mindfulness around how much I can give without burning out.

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    The need for more people is high - don't compromise on who we bring in because of this though. It's better to pass on an iffy candidate than it is to bring in someone who doesn't align to our values, culture, and mission.

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at bluebird bio (Cambridge, MA) in February 2017.


    I had a phone interview with the HR recruiter to discuss the position and answer any questions about the role. I was asked to provide availability for an in-person interview, which consisted of meeting with ~7 people (team members, hiring manager, and cross-functional contacts) for 30-minute segments each. I was then asked to come back in to meet with one final person who was out of the office for my interview the week prior.

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bluebird bio Awards & Accolades

  • BBJ's Best Places to Work, Best Places to Work (#6), 2017
  • BBJ's Best Places to Work, Best Places to Work (#3), 2018

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