Our Culture
NewLink Genetics is developing immunotherapies that unleash the innate strength of the human body to fight cancer, focusing on both immune stimulation and blocking tumor immune suppression to provide the greatest impact on patients' treatment success.



NewLink Genetics is located in the Iowa State University Research Park in Ames, Iowa, which has been named one of the best places to live, the best place for new college graduates, and one of the smartest cities in America. The ISU Research Park is a 230-acre development with over 380,000 square feet of building space. We are located just south of the Iowa State University campus. To learn more, visit iastate.edu, isupark.org or cityofames.org.

We Are Committed

Since 1999, NewLink Genetics has remained focused on our mission in discovering, developing, and commercializing novel immunotherapeutic products to improve cancer treatment options for patients and physicians. Our portfolio includes biologic and small-molecule product candidates intended to treat a wide range of oncology indications. We routinely set ambitious, but achievable goals that require dedicated individuals working toward a common vision. We are now within sight of the initial results of these ambitious goals, as we have multiple programs in human clinical trials.

We Are Diverse

NewLink Genetics values a diverse workforce. We proudly reflect a company culture developed with a variety of ethnic backgrounds, nationalities, races, and religions. We are committed to promoting and maintaining an inclusive, high-performing culture. All team members embrace and leverage each other's talents and backgrounds, and nourish innovative thinking to achieve their full potential and contribute to our shared success.

We Promote Wellness and Having Fun

We believe in promoting physical, as well as emotional, wellness amongst our employees and have an active Wellness Program. NewLink Genetics thinks investing in individuals contributes to the wellness of the entire company, so we organize employee events and programs to promote exercise, healthy eating, and emotional well-being. This leads to a positive environment where we are able to be successful, and have fun too.

Adopt-a-Cause and Community Commitment

Because we feel it is important to give back to the community, NewLink Genetics has Adopt-a-Cause as an organization. We as an organization have adopted the Children’s Cancer Connection. To learn more, visit childrenscancerconnection.org.

Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for children and families affected by childhood cancer by providing programs for education, recreation, and support. We support the Children’s Cancer Connection by raising funds through gift giving, fund-raising, and collecting cans. We also volunteer time through our Community Volunteer Day.

We also give back to the community be adopting a family during the holiday season and raising funds for the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life.

Benefits and Employee Conveniences

At NewLink Genetics, our most valuable resource is our employees. Every day, they bring their passion, talents, and dedication to a challenging environment where they are rewarded with opportunities to realize their potential and ultimately impact the lives of patients. Our total compensation package is designed to keep our employees healthy and engaged. Our comprehensive benefit programs include:

  • Medical, prescription drug, and dental insurance
  • Life and AD&D insurance and the option to purchase additional insurance at group rates
  • Voluntary disability insurance (short term and long term)
  • Voluntary vision insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts (health and dependent care)
  • New hires receive 16 days of paid time off (PTO) on a prorated basis
  • 8 paid company holidays per year
  • 8 hours PTO per year for community volunteering
  • Traditional/Roth 401(k) plan and wide array of investment options offered through Charles Schwab
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Health and fitness program (discounts for enrolling with partnered fitness centers)
  • Employee assistance program