Developing life-saving medicine? Just another day at the office.
When you have a good day at work, you celebrate with your colleagues. And if you’re lucky, with a celebratory beer or two. At Chinook Therapeutics, where the sole focus at work is developing life-saving medications for people living with kidney disease, even a small win means a great day at the office and is a reason to celebrate. Just ask Renata Oballa, the VP of Research Operations, what it’s like at Chinook and she’ll tell you, “it’s ambitious work and is not for the faint of heart.” Which makes celebrating every achievement even more important.
In the US alone, there are over 37 million people suffering from chronic kidney disease but only a few effective treatments—dialysis or transplant surgery. What Chinook is trying to do is come up with another solution. Their aim is to develop precision therapies that will preserve kidney function that will hopefully one day be better options for patients who otherwise would be tied to a dialysis machine for the rest of their life or have to undergo major surgery.