Life at Editas Medicine
Here at Editas Medicine, we’re on an important journey to unlock the full potential of gene editing technology, and our success is driven by our dynamic, passionate, and diverse team. We work together with integrity and joy, guided by our distinct Inspiritas culture, to develop transformative medicines for people living with serious diseases around the world.
Our Inspiritas Culture
We think about culture a little differently at Editas Medicine.
We summarize our culture with a single word:
Inspiritas captures how inspired we are by the science of genome editing, the people we serve, and each other. It defines how we grow as individuals, teams, and as a company.
Culture is not just something we talk about—it’s a part of everything we do, even when no one is watching.
Learn more About our Inspiritas culture
Hear directly from our team members about what makes our company different:
Jessica Alfano – Associate Director, Corporate Counsel
I’m proud to work at Editas Medicine because, even though I’m not a scientist myself, I always feel like I participate directly in our company’s goal of turning leading-edge science into important CRISPR-based medicines. As a lawyer, I enjoy the way our projects have challenged me to grow professionally and to learn new things about the science and business of making medicines. It is extremely rewarding to work in this vibrant and energizing atmosphere with this impressive team!
David Litvak – Associate Director, Technical Operations
I think that Editas’ best assets are its people. I work with a great group of people who make coming to work a pleasure. They are focused, driven, and determined to bring transformative medicines to patients as rapidly as possible.
Pratik Randeria – Scientist, Process Development
The tremendous and rigorous scientific endeavors we undertake combined with the brilliant, passionate, and compassionate colleagues we work with every day, and the open and empowering culture espoused by our leaders makes coming to work a joy. Whether it’s over a heated ping-pong match, while eating a chilled pasta salad at team-lunch, or in a conference-room parsing through large amounts of data to drive development of medicines to make a difference in the lives of patients, I genuinely enjoy interacting with and learning from fellow Editors.
KaiHsin Chang – Director, Ex Vivo Pharmacology
For me, not only is the science incredibly exciting, but it’s really special that we have the opportunity to turn our science into real innovation that could make a big difference in patients’ lives. Something I’ve also appreciated about working at Editas is the level of support we receive from our leadership, who stay close to our science and are attentive and receptive to our feedback. Everyone here has a voice no matter their level in the organization.
Ari Friedland – Senior Scientist
It’s important to me that the scientific projects I work on aim to discover or accomplish something new. This is what I’ve found most exciting about my work at Editas Medicine – the translation of CRISPR gene editing into new medicines for patients who need them is an uncharted territory that we get to explore every day.
Carrie Marguiles – Scientist
I enjoy working at Editas Medicine because every day we are pushing to make therapies for patients while also learning a lot of basic science about CRISPR, a new and revolutionary gene editing system. The scientist in me enjoys making new discoveries about the intricacies of CRISPR while simultaneously developing it into new therapies.
Timothy D. Hunt, J.D. – Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs
One of my passions across my career and at Editas Medicine is thinking about how we build an amazing, highly differentiated company. For Editas Medicine, we are a young company with a bright future. To be successful in the long run we will need to continue to adapt to new challenges – and tackle them head-on. That’s why it’s important we continue to build on our Inspiritas culture and drive innovation for the people who are counting on us to make transformative medicines.
Our Approach to Learning and Development
At Editas Medicine, we are passionate about the growth and development of our employees. We’ve made this a priority, and we take a slightly different approach to development than most biotechnology companies.
COACHING AND MENTORING
The diversity of our employees allows for peer coaching and mentoring across the Editas community. We engage with employees and managers across the organization for different coaching and mentoring opportunities as an element of individual development
A significant part of both building a great learning organization and working on Editor development is our All-Company Offsite. These happen over 2 days in the fall every year, and we make it a point to focus on learning about our business, strengthening us as a team, and building our Inspiritas culture
SUMMER OF DEVELOPMENT
While we work on development throughout the year, we dedicate our summers to keeping development plans current and engaging in programs with a particular focus on growth and learning. We call this effort our Summer of Development. We also ask our employees to build/update their individual Development Plans once per year, during our Summer of Development
JOY OF WORK
One of the more unique aspects of our Inspiritas culture is what we describe as our joy of work. Joy of work connects to our intense interest in and passion for driving the science of genome editing to help people living with serious diseases and building our company, and the broader field for the long-term
Our employees are working everyday to make an impact in the lives of people living with serious diseases. We’re proud to support our employees with comprehensive benefits that can be customized for any stage of their life.
We ask a lot of our employees, so it’s important to us that they receive value from the start. Every member of the Editas team benefits from generous 401(k) matching, and vesting is immediate
Time to Recharge
We’ve designed an inclusive, flexible, untracked time-off schedule that accounts for individual needs. While we expect our employees will take at least 3 weeks off in a given year (many employees take more), how and when they take it is fully up to them. In addition, we offer 12 paid holidays annually
Commitment to Health and Wellness
As a leader in genomic medicine, we’re actively working to make the world a healthier place. We apply that logic internally, too, ensuring that our employees are equipped to be their healthiest selves
- We offer a zero-deductible medical benefits plan by fully funding individual or family deductibles through an HSA account
- We offer, through our benefits plan, reimbursement for three months of qualifying gym and physical wellness club memberships. We also provide a reduced rate at the Cambridge Athletic Club, and host annual wellness fairs in our offices
- In addition to our robust benefits offerings, we’ve designed a Wellness Community to ensure that we’re working our bodies right alongside our minds. Regular (and free!) on-site programs include yoga, team runs, boot camp, and more