Our ESG Commitment

Sustainability means creating lasting social, governance, environmental, and economic value by addressing the needs of our stakeholder base. 

Our mission is to be the 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. We are working to incorporate environmental and sustainability principles into everything we do. In order to do this, we want to ensure that we are aligned in our approach and establish the right priorities to help drive change and to demonstrate continuous year-over-year improvement. 

Our dedication to patients goes hand in hand with our commitment to our ESG program. Building strong ESG practices and oversight into our scientific and business activities creates a culture of integrity at every level of the organization, while safely and effectively delivering on our founding beliefs – being at the forefront of innovative treatments for those who suffer from chronic pruritus, creating long-term value for our stakeholders, and fostering teamwork and respect for individual contributions.

Our Approach to ESG

Our ambition to accelerate access to innovative therapeutics and to be a leading corporate citizen inspired the creation of our ESG framework which defines our aspirational reason for thinking beyond our products and provides a path to help create a better world. The framework centers around three key focus areas, which are designed to speak to the needs of our diverse stakeholders.

Innovating Sustainability

The health of our planet is intrinsically linked to human health. Science increasingly shows that elevated levels of pollution correlate to higher incidences of disease and illnesses. Moreover, climate change is leading to unprecedented changes in weather, sea-level rise, and other issues that will undoubtedly affect businesses globally and disrupt the lives of many of our patients. As a company working to develop multiple treatments for chronic pruritus, we understand our responsibility to do so in a way that mitigates our impact on the planet.

Operating Responsibly

We are steadfast in our commitment to operating our business responsibly. Our values are ingrained in everything we do, pushing us to operate with integrity, transparency, and as a responsible global corporate citizen. This includes strong governance of our ESG issues, proactively engaging with key stakeholders, and operating our business in an ethical manner.

Empowering People

Our current success lies in our ability to work seamlessly company-wide and with our strategic partners. Our operating model allows us to recruit top scientific, medical, and business professionals. This model fosters a culture of mutual respect and understanding as our colleagues from various backgrounds work together towards a common goal. Just as our colleagues work to improve overall health and well-being of our patients, we too strive to provide an engaging and rewarding workplace — one that supports colleague well-being and offers ample opportunities for professional growth. We want our employees to feel empowered to contribute to our mission, not only helping our patients but also making a lasting positive impact on the world. As the concept of the workplace has changed over the past few years, we are learning to adapt to new ways of working, both in-person and remotely. We continue to be committed to a certain amount of in-person collaboration in the office as a cornerstone of working together effectively and achieving our goals. In order to better foster a collaborative workspace, and still recognize the reality and advantages of a hybrid work environment, we have committed to a hybrid work policy whereby the goal is to have a combination of “collaboration days” in the office, along with time for employees to have flexibility for remote work in order to achieve maximum efficiency.