Mirati participates as the largest corporate team in Padres Pedal the Cause 2021

Mirati’s mission to discover, design and deliver breakthrough therapies to transform the lives of patients with cancer and their loved ones is well aligned with the Padres Pedal mission of a world without cancer.

For patients with cancer and their families, the Padres Pedal annual event creates connections and shared experiences for survivors, family members and supporters as they raise critical funding to accelerate the search for a cure for cancer.

Cancer research and treatment advances have led to improvements in patient outcomes over the last several years, but more progress is needed to increase long-term survival and improve quality of life.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to many things, Mirati’s collective fight against cancer did not miss a beat. In 2021, Padres Pedal the Cause announced their annual event would be held virtually. Employees had the option to participate by joining a spin, yoga, or strength class offered by local fitness studios or by committing to the 100 percent challenge. Employees could also take part in an activity of their choice for 100 reps, 100 minutes or 100 miles, or any other challenge that was important to them. Mirati pledged 75 percent of its employees would participate with a total fundraising goal of $50,000.

Although virtual, the Mirati team found ways to collaborate and motivate one another to support the effort, including technological collaboration tools, weekly discussions to share engagement strategies and creative activities, including a silent auction. Most Mirati employees hiked, rode bikes, or swam to complete their 100 percent challenge.

Until each person with cancer has a therapy targeted to their disease, we will pursue our research with relentless focus for the next breakthrough.

“I am proud of Mirati’s efforts for this year’s Padres Pedal the Cause to support funding local cancer research,” Charles M. Baum, M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, Mirati Therapeutics, Inc. “As we work to bring life-changing medicines to patients with cancer, we are deeply committed to making a difference in the lives of patients and their families, our employees, and the communities with whom we collaborate and the neighborhoods where we live. Until each person with cancer has a therapy targeted to their disease, we will pursue our research with relentless focus for the next breakthrough.”

Mirati was named the largest corporate team of 2021 with 204 members, exceeding our employee participation goal, and raising over $74,000 for the event.

Mirati was the featured corporate sponsor in the Padres Pedal the Cause 2021 Honor Video, a video memorial composed of photos from cancer fighters, survivors and family members. Mirati was also named the largest corporate team of 2021 with 204 members, exceeding our employee participation goal, and raising over $74,000 for the event.

“On behalf of Padres Pedal, I am so thankful to Mirati for its outstanding partnership with our organization. One hundred percent of funds raised by Team Mirati and all other participants will go directly to fund life-saving cancer research in our community,” said Anne Marbarger, executive director, Padres Pedal. “Thank you, team Mirati, for honoring loved ones touched by cancer and fighting to improve outcomes for patients.”

I wanted to do more to help patients fight cancer

Early in my career at a world-renowned cancer center, I had the opportunity to work on patient-reported outcomes, which meant that I sat with patients in waiting areas and supported them in filling out health-related questionnaires. One woman in particular inspired me. She was a breast cancer patient in her early thirties. She sat there with a bandanna around her head after losing her hair to chemotherapy, but she had a huge smile on her face. She was determined to beat cancer so she could see her new baby’s first step and see her child grow up and grow old. I remember, at that moment, knowing that I wanted to commit myself to patients in order to do more to help them achieve long-term survival and win their battle with cancer.

I think of patients as warriors. They are ready to put up a fight in the face of a devasting diagnosis. And here at Mirati, we’re doing everything we can to help them.

Part of my responsibility at Mirati is to lay the foundation for and support the company’s clinical assets by identifying and providing evidence to highlight the unmet medical needs across a variety of cancers. My team and I seek to understand what the treatment environment looks like, referencing published data, in an effort to clearly articulate the value we bring to patients with our new medicines.

I also work with patient advocacy groups where I build relationships on behalf of Mirati. Our goal is to work with patient communities to better understand and identify the unmet needs and ensure that the voices/perspectives of patients are incorporated across all activities from trial design to development and, eventually, through commercialization. Patients and caregivers are at the heart of everything we do here at Mirati, and for those reasons, we want to ensure that we are working together to achieve our common goals through awareness and education.

I think of patients as warriors. They are ready to put up a fight in the face of a devasting diagnosis. And here at Mirati, we’re doing everything we can to help them.

The people and the science at Mirati are truly unique and are what I’m most proud to be a part of. The investment in innovative and potentially life-changing science allows Mirati to attract and retain amazing talent. The initial team that built Mirati from the ground up spent a tremendous amount of time, effort and energy putting us on the course we’re on today. As a result, we have an excellent team of scientists, and that excellence continues to attract incredibly talented people across a broad range of functions as the organization continues to grow, develop and expand.

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