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Topping the Charts

What makes a good pharmaceutical employer? Science asked over 7,000 people this question in its annual ‘Top Employer’ survey to determine the ingredients required for a positive work culture. For 2020, five key characteristics emerged as having significant importance to employees:

  • innovative leadership in the industry
  • respectful treatment of staff
  •  social responsibility
  • loyalty
  • a work culture that aligns with staff’s personal values

Regeneron ranked top of the opinion poll – a victory that the company’s executive vice-president, Drew Murphy, puts down to a science-first approach. “Our commercial people don’t tell our researchers what to do. The scientists set the agenda. And if you do science the right way, you never really fail. You either succeed or learn something more valuable,” he said in a statement (1).

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  1. AG Levine, “2020’s Top Employers: Rapid response to COVID-19, diversity, and innovation” (2020). Available at

About the Author

Maryam Mahdi

Associate Editor

After finishing my degree, I envisioned a career in science communications. However, life took an unexpected turn and I ended up teaching abroad. Though the experience was amazing and I learned a great deal from it, I jumped at the opportunity to work for Texere. I'm excited to see where this new journey takes me!

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