Every start-up goes through many twists and turns in growing and building a new business from the ground up. Throughout, our underlying core values help steer us even if we don’t have an exact map for the mountain we are trying to scale. As a small company, we wanted to have a starting document with values that feel organic to us and reflect the company at this time. We believe these are values that will grow with us as we grow.
Our values are different from our company expectations on how we work. There have been many articles written about the difference in values, mission, vision, working expectations and principles, or even purpose (yes, it can feel like business terminology soup!).
As a quick refresh:
- Our mission is to build the first clinical Digital Twin platform, together with a next-generation whole-body scanner that brings proactive health to everyone. We aim to empower people with a deeper understanding of their body and how it’s changing, so they have more control over their health.
- Our long-term vision is that when preventive health is available to everyone, treatable diseases will no longer take lives.
We hope to share more of our working expectations and principles in later blog posts, but today we wanted to share our starting core values here at Q Bio.
TELL US IT’S IMPOSSIBLE
We are on a mission that can help redefine preventive healthcare. This is a big and ambitious goal and we’ve certainly heard from many that “this is science fiction.” We embrace that challenge. And we believe assumptions are made to be broken. We are determined, persistent, and know that rapid iterations of trial and error are part of the game when you are building breakthrough tech. Many companies talk about the importance of being mission-driven. It’s all the more important to us given our mission is incredibly long-term and we often won’t have the answers on this long journey. Our goals as a team are bigger than any of us and we can (literally!) change lives. We will always embrace “the impossible” and put our mission first.
THE TEAM IS GREATER THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS
We are a multidisciplinary team from a variety of backgrounds, all with the determination to succeed together. We are accountable to each other, committed to collaboration, and seek to inspire one another. Many other companies talk about teamwork, but what we are building literally could not be built without people with skills and backgrounds in a wide variety of fields, with different professional experiences, from different walks of life — clinicians, radiologists, computational scientist, engineers, data scientists, business, operations, and regulatory folks. We need cross-pollination of ideas, open discussion, and sharing of knowledge. We enjoy and approach one another with compassion, kindness, awareness of diverse backgrounds and fields of expertise, and with an expectation of greatness.
The journey should be just as inspiring and important as the destination, especially for an early stage company like us! We are growing and we can only continue to grow if everyone grows together. We love to innovate and learn, and we strive to do better, and grow as a company, and as individuals, every day. We do this by earning the trust of our members, our partners, and our teammates — we listen, speak, and treat each other and our members and partners with respect so that we can continue to learn. We will pick up new skills. There is no such thing as “not my job” and we remain curious about each other. This is a company that embraces lifelong learning.
GIANT LEAPS; ONE STEP AT A TIME
Tackling some of the hardest problems in biotech and healthcare simultaneously is not for the faint of heart! With such audacious goals, we keep the big picture in mind and stay nimble as we take on each new challenge. We know we have to be balance patiences and impatience — patience with the ongoing real work that we need to get done; impatience with our own progress towards our ultimate goals. We are focused on execution, ongoing prioritization and re-prioritization when needed, and we value everyone’s time.
Please help us hold true to these early Q Bio core values. We hope to have a chance to share our values in action!