Imagine going to work to get energized

People say they can feel the difference when they walk in the lobby. That’s how exciting it is to work at Intercept.

Intercept has grown to more than 500 employees across the globe. With a different approach to biopharmaceutical development, people look to Intercept for far more than financial success. We've become a model for the future of biopharma across the globe. Yet Intercept is still a group of people who enjoy working together to solve serious medical problems with breakthrough technology.

Inspired at Intercept: Richard Pencek, Senior Director, Clinical Research


Richard Pencek

Joined Intercept: January of 2013

What brought you to Intercept? The combination of being able to work in a rare disease with a high unmet need and a novel therapeutic. Diseases with high prevalence often get the most attention in terms of research and therapeutic development but rare diseases offer the opportunity to develop treatments for patients without options which is highly rewarding. In addition, the FXR pathway was a new consideration as a potential therapeutic target so being able to combine working in an orphan disease with a compelling new scientific approach was exciting.

What inspires you about the work you’re doing? Day in and day out, we are advancing therapeutic possibilities for patients with rare and non-viral liver diseases where there is no “playbook” for how this is done. My work challenges me on a daily basis and it is exciting to be a part of that.

What are some of the different roles you’ve had at Intercept and what were the key learnings and experiences gained from them? I have always been a Clinical Scientist at Intercept, but this has been a very fluid position. I have been involved in the design and interpretation of our clinical trials, advancing the development discussion with US and international regulatory authorities, submission of our approval applications, engaging with academic leaders in these therapeutic areas and supporting our commercial organization from a scientific perspective. The biggest learning I have taken from this is that all of the work we do takes a team; none of us can get this done alone but working together has allowed us to create new opportunities for patients with the diseases we work on.

A fun fact about yourself: I grew up in rural Pennsylvania and my wife still refers to me as the “Farmboy”…something I will always be proud of! I am a fan of San Diego’s craft beer scene and I brew my own beer.

Our mission is your mission.

We are working to develop and commercialize novel therapeutics to treat chronic liver diseases.

We value people who share our passion.

Intercept is a company growing exponentially, yet we retain an entrepreneurial spirit. Everyone we hire is crucial to our company’s success. Intercept is a place where we are all connected... to each other, to our patients and their caregivers, and to our families. So once you get here, you’ll want to stay (there’s extremely low turnover). Why? You’ll be empowered to do the best work of your career.

It’s fun to work at Intercept.

When success walks in the door at Intercept, luck doesn’t usually have much to do with it. Intercept employees work hard and play hard. When someone needs help, we all pitch in. And when we find a new way to help people in the liver disease community, we all celebrate together.

A day in the life of Intercept.

If you started at Intercept tomorrow, you might meet a patient with PBC who has come to speak with us. We invite patients to share their stories with our employees so we all feel the same passion and commitment toward getting our therapies out into the world. Or you might be asked to take a hike—down to Hudson River Park to raise funds for the American Liver Association. Whether you work in New York, California, or London, every employee is empowered to give back to the liver disease community.

One company. Multiple locations.

It all started in New York, and now we have new corporate offices located in Hudson Yards. Our San Diego office is also new and is an impressive 50,000-square-foot facility. Intercept's European headquarters is located in London, United Kingdom.

Many new hires within the next 2 years.

Now is a great time to find a new home at Intercept. We’re looking for good people in practically every category imaginable. If you have sales, marketing, regulatory, or scientific expertise, we’d like to talk to you.

What are we looking for? Experts in their fields who aren’t afraid to take a step beyond the expected. People at Intercept have a smart, fun, creative vibe. Consider joining our group of academically accomplished, forward-thinking, diverse professionals.

Intercept is a different kind of biopharma company.

What about you? Are you looking for a different kind of challenge? A career where relationships are as important as advancement?

At Intercept, you’ll find

  • Dedication to innovative research and patient well-being
  • The chance to make your mark in a welcoming community
  • Colleagues who support you and want to hear from you
  • Liberty to express and follow up on your ideas
  • The ability to make a difference to the liver disease community

For more information, contact us at careers@interceptpharma.com