Our Purpose

Improving patients’ lives and creating value for all stakeholders – Patients, Healthcare Providers, Shareholders, and Employees – by developing innovative therapeutics focused in pruritus.

The Cara Therapeutics Mission & Vision:

Our mission is to be a leader in the treatment of chronic pruritus and transform the way pruritus is treated to improve the quality of life for millions of people who suffer.

Our Strategy:

Our corporate strategy is to leverage our first-in-class lead product, difelikefalin, to potentially treat pruritus across various diseases. Our strategic priority is to develop and maximize the commercial potential of difelikefalin across multiple categories of pruritus, thus changing how pruritus is treated in clinical practice.

Our Values:

Our culture is not only about what we do, but how we do it. Our values express what we believe in, represent the best in us, and guide us in all we do.

We are committed to making a meaningful difference in patients’ lives and putting the patient at the center. For Cara, patient-centricity means being an advocate for the patient's experience of their condition – what the individual patient values and needs and designing solutions with the patient in mind.
It means accomplishing the things we said we would do. It's about taking personal responsibility for our work. It's also trusting in our colleagues and knowing we can count on each other to get things done.
We all work for one company, Cara. So much of our work happens in cross-functional teams and we embrace a collaborative mindset. Everyone’s expertise is critical to our success. We care about our colleagues and build a respectful, diverse, equitable, and inclusive working environment.
We have a company-wide philosophy of never being satisfied with the status quo, striving to find new solutions and embracing curiosity. We innovate with science to create value for all our stakeholders.
We believe in providing employees with the resources, authority, opportunity, and motivation to do their work.
We have fun, creating an environment where people are at ease. Fun offsets the intensity of the work we do and builds camaraderie.
Trust and transparency are imperative for succeeding as a team. We embrace authenticity and encourage honest conversations. We believe in robust dialogue built on candor, openness, and informality.