At Variant Bio, ethics is a priority, not an afterthought.
We are a mission-driven company, dedicated to strong ethics, benefit sharing, and improving global health. Our research model is based on respect for the people and communities who work with us.
An independent ethics advisory board, composed of indigenous community members, bioethicists, and genetic counselors, advises us on every project. We prioritize the needs and values of our research partners. Variant will protect the privacy and other rights of all participants, both individually and as a group. To learn more, read our framework and key principles for ethics and community engagement.
2. Benefit Sharing
Variant Bio is committed to sharing tangible benefits with our research partners, both in the short and long term. For details, refer to our formal pledge, or this summary of it.
In the short term, benefits can include support for local healthcare, sustainable development, education, research, and capacity-building initiatives.
In the long term, Variant Bio will share 4% of revenue plus 4% of our equity value with partner communities that have shared their DNA and health information with us.
4. Corporate Responsibility
As a company, we are committed to making a positive difference in the world, from reduced environmental impact to an inclusive and welcoming work culture:
Though our work requires global travel, we aim to minimize our impact on the environment. To that end, we purchase carbon offsets for every flight we take.
We guarantee a work environment that respects and encourages diversity around gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, socioeconomic status, religion, ethnicity, race, and culture.