Top Biopharma Companies Hiring in California Right Now

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Several California-based companies announced layoffs this month, including 858 Therapeutics, AtrecaLyell Immunopharma, Kronos Bio, and Rani Therapeutics. Additionally, closures were announced by Orbital Therapeutics, Locanabio, and Sangamo Therapeutics. Despite the doom and gloom, there are still many companies actively recruiting for roles in California.


Global biopharma and 2024 Best Places to Work winner Gilead currently has more than 180 postings in California (including Foster City and Oceanside) across multiple disciplines, from internships to director-level roles.


Pharma giant and 2024 Best Places to Work winner Amgen has more than 150 jobs live in Thousand Oaks, South San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Jose.


AbbVie currently has dozens of roles posted in Irvine and South San Francisco across R&D, sales and more.


BioMarin has 50 jobs live in San Rafael and Novato including scientist, administrative and commercial positions.


Vaccine developer Vaxcyte currently has more than 30 roles in San Carlos in engineering, R&D, clinical, finance and more.


Takeda, which recently won the first FDA approval to treat an ultra-rare blood clotting disease, has a couple dozen roles open in San Diego and Los Angeles.

It’s not just the bigs that are currently recruiting! Below are smaller biotech/pharma organizations that are actively hiring now.

Gladstone Institutes

Non-profit research organization Gladstone has multiple roles posted across its San Francisco labs.


Corcept Therapeutics, a commercial-stage company focused on R&D of selective glucocorticoid receptor antagonists, has roles at its Menlo Park site across clinical, regulatory, quality assurance and more.


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Eikon Therapeutics

NextGen Class of 2022 alum Eikon Therapeutics has several roles posted in Hayward.

4D Molecular Therapeutics

4DMT has roles posted across several functions, mostly in Emeryville.

Terray Therapeutics

Biotech Terray has open roles in Monrovia including research associates, scientists and operations.

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