There are numerous ways to rank a company as “the best place to work.” Some listings rank companies by pay, others by how “happy and engaged” the workforce is, others by culture and benefits. Some rankings use metrics while others are based on employee surveys. Here’s a look at six San Francisco Bay Area life science companies that have hit a variety of “best of” lists recently, in no particular order.

GigaGen. Based in South San Francisco, GigaGen is a small biotech company working to advance a pipeline of immunotherapies for cancer and immune deficiencies. The company’s tech platform, dubbed Surge technology, leverages microfluidics, genomics and protein library engineering to improve target selection, candidate identification and preclinical efficacy assessment. The company recently published an article in the journal mAbs showing the feasibility and benefit of its Surge antibody discovery and engineering platform for rapid monoclonal antibody discovery. GigaGen was recently ranked as one of the “Best Places to Work in the Bay Area” by the San Francisco Business Journal.

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