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Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Purpose

At Ionis, we encourage diversity in our workforce. Prejudicial barriers to human potential and productivity are foreign to our values. We recognize that in order for the full potential of our workforce to be realized, we must cultivate an inclusive culture where all employees feel empowered to contribute fully within an environment that values different perspectives, leading to better ​​​​​​​ideas and increased innovation. From our Executive Leadership Team (ELT) to our newest hire, we strive for an environment where all Ions (Ionis employees) feel a strong sense of belonging in our organization.

Our DEI Strategy

Our four elements of DEI: Engage, Empower, Evaluate, and Evolve help to guide our efforts and measure change over time as we execute on our DEI strategy. From fostering inclusion through Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), to facilitating learning through DEI training, to evaluating our demographics and the outcomes or our DEI initiatives; our DEI strategy is evolving to meet the needs of our community.

Click on each of the elements to see more details.


We endeavor to attract and involve our community through various programs, initiatives, and outreach. Our DEI community includes job candidates, patients, employees, suppliers, and shareholders.


Increase overall employee engagement, ERG participation, and community outreach; including students, suppliers, and patients.

  • New Employee Opportunity Network (NEON) ERG
  • Heritage Months and Cultural Celebrations
  • Patient advocacy and clinical trial recruitment outreach
  • Ionis NEXT ERG student outreach programs
Members of our LGBTQIA+ ERG at a Pride Month event


We provide leadership development opportunities, financial resources, training, and best practice guidance to support our DEI events, initiatives, and programs.


Provide adequate resources for our employees to thrive, our ERGs to develop, and equity-seeking groups to be represented.

  • Access to Diversity Best Practices resources
  • ERG Management Software
  • Ion Mentoring program
Members of our IonisNEXT ERG engaging with young scientists at Take Your Child to Work Day, an event co-hosted by our Parent Network ERG


We collect, review and report on our DEI metrics. We analyze, interpret and share our outcomes as part of our overall Corporate Responsibility efforts.


Use data to inform our programs and measure our progress. Be accountable for our results through comparing against industry benchmarks and publishing our outcomes.

  • Collect voluntary DEI data
  • Review employee engagement data by demographic groups
  • Annual DEI review with internal leadership
  • Annual DEI review with Board of Directors
  • Publish Corporate Responsibility Report annually
  • External DEI web site and dashboard
A high school student participating in a Reality Changers event on our Carlsbad campus


Informed by data and best practices, we experiment with different programs and initiatives to help us reach our DEI goals. We make iterative changes to optimize our efforts to provide innovative and integrated solutions.


Add, change and expand DEI programs and initiatives to meet identified needs of the organization.

  • DEI Advisory Council
  • Annual progress and initiatives review based on outcomes and feedback from our DEI community
Employees enjoying a baseball-themed happy-hour event