At Alector, our values are our North Star.

Each one keeps us focused on what matters most: our relentless quest to end the suffering of our patients and their families, by putting an end to neurodegenerative disease and cancer.

Own it—
with the freedom to figure it out.

Never give up—
persevere and forge a new path.

Question convention—
with the courage to challenge assumptions.

Embrace feedback—
and a growth mindset.

Elevate each other—
all wins are shared wins.

Meet some of our amazing colleagues who embody our values and get us closer to achieving these audacious goals:

Question convention—
with the courage to challenge assumptions.

In science, we don’t often know where the signal is until we see it. So we ask questions to push the boundaries of what’s possible. We rebel against human nature—defaulting to what’s comfortable—and continually embrace informed risk.

 

Key behavior: Fearless Questioning

SPOTLIGHT:

 

SHALU SPRINIVASAN

 

Staff Scientist

 

At a company-wide meeting, we were discussing the behavior of a specific type of cell division. Arnon, our CEO, made a comment regarding the science. Without hesitation Shalu very directly and respectfully told him that his understanding was incorrect and explained why. Arnon’s well known for welcoming dissenting ideas—after all, they can lead to breakthroughs. It was a key learning for everyone in the room, both scientifically and culturally. Shalu demonstrated the importance of being unafraid to be the only person in the room to challenge the status quo.

Embrace feedback—

and a growth mindset.

We’re a data-driven company, so valuing feedback in all its forms is our superpower. Be it scientific, clinical, or interpersonal, feedback propels us forward. We welcome, learn from, and act on feedback so we don’t stagnate.

 

Key behavior: Constructive Truth-Telling

SPOTLIGHT:

 

Spencer Liang

Senior Director, Research – Immuno-Oncolocy

 

Spencer surfaced an unmet need of lab-based folks who were onsite everyday wearing masks 100% of the time, having no closed spaces in which they could take their masks off. Spencer advocated to the COVID task force that executive offices and conference rooms should be reassigned into makeshift offices for them. He listened, empathized, advocated, and executed this initiative so his colleagues could continue their work comfortably, and with peace of mind.

Own it—

with the freedom to figure it out.

Our all-hands-on-desk mentality means there are no unglamorous tasks at Alector—all efforts that advance our important work are vital. great things are possible when great thinkers have the autonomy to explore and implement.

 

Key behavior: Humble Audacity

SPOTLIGHT:

 

Jignya Patel

Senior Procurement Manager

 

The more difficult and complex a situation, the more Jignya shines. She’s best known for providing abundant solutions to problems, even when given very little detail or guidance. Challenges seem to energize her, whether she’s developing our business continuity plans or figuring out the best COVID-19 testing service for us.

Never give up—

persevere and forge a new path.

Persistence is built into our DNA, as is our ability to flex and respond rapidly if new facts indicate a change of course. Maintaining resilience in the face of adversity requires that we stay nimble, proactive, and ever-optimistic in the pursuit of our mission.

 

Key behavior: Flexible Persistence

SPOTLIGHT:

 

Cheryl Barner

Senior Associate Scientist

 

We were having issues with a biomarker assay for one of our programs. Our drug interfered with all of assays that had been developed up to that point. Cheryl took on the huge, painstaking project of developing a new approach, which paid off, because she found a ‘unicorn antibody’. Thanks to her tenacity, she discovered a very rare pairing of antibodies for the assay that allowed us to have an assay for cerebrospinal fluid.

Elevate each other—

all wins are shared wins.

Lone wolves don’t develop drugs and build companies—teams do. Our success hinges upon our ability to collaborate and celebrate each other’s strengths. Each of us shares responsibility for our outcomes as an organization.

 

Key behavior: Collaborative Ownership

SPOTLIGHT:

 

Grace Wong-Sarad

Corporate Controller, Finance

 

The People Team was in search of a new HR information system. Grace jumped in, along with IT, to identify the best solution for the company. She made sure we looked at the systems through an employee lens, to pick one that would minimize burden on multiple teams—not just her own. She embodied partnership and empathy throughout. We are excited to launch Ceridian soon, thanks to Grace’s efforts.