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🚀 Mission

​​Mekonos is an innovative biotech startup, building a solution that enables and accelerates precision medicine, synthetic biology & fundamental science.

Our purpose is to make personalized medicine widely accessible through a scalable gene delivery platform.

At Mekonos, we’re building the first-of-its-kind digital cell-engineering platform. Our universal delivery strategy utilizes a scalable silicon chip architecture to deliver molecular cargo into cells ex-vivo at high throughput with exceptional yield.

We are building the future of cell therapies on a chip.

💥 Values

  • We are devoted to inclusive creativity that delivers
  • We are trusted to be responsibly decisive
  • We learn and innovate through successes and mistakes everyday
  • We are rigorous about alignment, teamwork, orchestration and connection

☀️ Benefits & Perks

  • 100% paid medical, dental and vision insurance, for employees and their dependents
  • Medical insurance (PPO plans and HDHP plans)
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts (with compatible plans)
  • Commuter benefits
  • Choice of PC or Mac
  • Accrued PTO, beginning at 17 days per year
  • 5 days accrued Sick Leave
  • Competitive equity based on your role
  • 401k (starting in June 2022)
  • Regular company lunches

✏️ Interview process

We have established a structured hiring process to ensure equity and fairness. While this process varies for some roles, most candidates will experience the typical hiring process as outlined below.

  1. Phone screen with People Ops or Hiring Manager (~30 - 45 mins)
  2. ‘Technical’ Interview with Hiring Manager and SLT Rep (~45 - 60 mins)
  3. ‘Non-Technical’ Interview with (prospective) peer and SLT Rep (~45 - 60 mins)

At each stage, whether a candidate does or does not move on to the next stage, they will receive an email notification. Our goal is to communicate with pace, empathy, and fairness.

If this has piqued your interest, and you want to learn more about working at Mekonos, please request an introduction or reach out to @nupursinha or @Nova!

📈 Career growth

As an organization, we have currently established the process of setting OKRs. The informal and formal performance evaluation process is currently being drawn out and is expected to be rolled out over the next couple of months.

🖖 Work / life balance

We don’t generally have distinguished rules on working hours, but the team tends to start between 8:30 - 9:30 am and leave between 6 - 7pm. You will find folks online outside of this window, depending on the work demands, rules of our shared facilities, as well as how they want to align their day. For most of our team, it is the exception rather than the rule to find people working at night on weekends. We expect urgent work will come up every so often by virtue of being a start-up; however, it is certainly not the long-term expectation.

Our employees are empowered to set boundaries as they need, to establish work-life harmony as it applies to them.

✨ Work style

We are an interdisciplinary team of individuals passionate about solving some of the world’s most difficult technical challenges in medicine. A lot of our organization works out of lab spaces, that are currently within shared facilities. In general, we have adopted a hybrid model to allow for flexibility where possible.

We utilize Slack for more conversational-style internal communications. The norm is to use this for quick answers on something simple when an immediate response is needed as well as to share something random, funny, or off-topic.

Email is less conversational, and the primary vehicle for external communications, whether it is submitting business cases or redlining legal documents. It is also used for formal company-wide updates or requests for internal decisions.

We utilize apps such as Google Drive & Notion for collecting asynchronous feedback on draft versions of work plans and group-level deliverables. Responses will generally take longer and the owner needs to set clear expectations and timelines to help peers consider the request in the context of existing priorities.

Of course, we also have meetings, to enable cross-functional collaboration and real-time discussion of more complex topics (including sensitive items. We are building the structural muscle for these, to set agendas in advance, including who leads the meetings, what actions/next steps look like, etc.

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