“I am proud to work for a company that places such a high value on inclusion and diversity.” – Karen Gütekunst This week at Illumina HQ we raised the Pride Flag in solidarity with our employees of the LGBTQ community. This year the Philadelphia Pride Flag was chosen because this flag contains both a brown and a black stripe in addition to the other rainbow colors to draw specific attention to the issues facing LGBTQ people of color. Visit our news center to read a special by-lined article from Karen Gütekunst, VP of regulatory affairs, on what Pride means as an employee of Illumina. #linkinbio 🏳️🌈
June Nineteenth “Juneteenth” signifies the effective end of slavery in the US following the Emancipation Proclamation. While slavery officially ended, racism and inequities did not. Today is an opportunity to continue to foster awareness and education, but most importantly it’s an opportunity to take action. Together, we celebrate freedom with the motivation to reinforce diversity, inclusion and fairness in all we do.
“Over the past few days, we’ve struggled with the brutal and senseless killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. This latest horror in a long history of racism, social injustice and violence against African Americans provokes pain, grief, fear and outrage. It highlights the work that still needs to be done to eliminate the discrimination faced every day by marginalized groups, and to create a society that is fair and inclusive. We have to do more than witness these injustices – from the tragic violence against African Americans to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. We must confront ignorance with knowledge, hatred with love, and complacency with action for equality. And each of us needs to acknowledge our own biases and privilege and create change from within. Every voice raised against racism chips away at its power. At Illumina, our commitment to diversity, inclusion and respect for all is a core part of our culture. We also recognize there is much work that still needs be done to create a fair and inclusive society. To support our employees, we are connecting with our employee resource groups, establishing a platform for more executive round table discussions, connecting our teams to our Employee Assistance and wellness programs, and reviewing programmatic opportunities. To support equality and fairness in our communities, The Illumina Corporate Foundation is donating to the Equal Justice Initiative and offering a 200% match on all employee donations to organizations committed to justice and lasting social change. We know these are small steps on the journey and we’ll continue to build on them going forward. Please be kind to yourselves and each other.“ - Illumina CEO Francis deSouza
At Illumina, we are on a mission to bring genomics into the classroom. Since classrooms are currently at home, we are bringing the classroom to each of you. Dive into our Genomics 101: At Home series where Illumina employees answer many questions like “What is DNA?”, “How does DNA make us different?” and “Where can you see genomics in the world around us?” Watch all of these video at the link in our bio.
It’s never been a more exciting time to be in genomics as sequencing technology opens the door for more breakthroughs than ever. Meet the scientists, researchers and leaders using next generation sequencing to discover the answers to the world’s biggest questions. Learn more about NGS and the NextSeq 2000 at Illumina Access, our 24-hour virtual event featuring some of the brightest minds in genomic research and engineering. Register at IlluminaAccess.com #illuminaaccess #genomics24 #genomics
In an era of amazing breakthroughs, genomics is playing a starring role. See what all the excitement is about at Illumina Access, our 24-hour virtual event featuring thought-provoking sessions with genomics leaders around the world. Global sessions include talks on NextSeq 2000’s groundbreaking applications, genomics for kids, how genomics can help in the fight against COVID-19, and the innovations shaping our future. Register today at IlluminaAccess.com #illuminaaccess #genomics24
This year, hand hygiene is more important than ever. When hand sanitizer supplies started running low in March due to the #COVID19 outbreak, a group of Illumina employees took matters in their “own hands.” Following a recipe from the World Health Organization, our Reagent Development Services Pilot Plant team partnered with our Environmental Health and Safety group to create batches of Illumina hand sanitizer for our employees to use. Thank you to this innovative team for helping to keep our employees safe. #IlluminaProud #handhygieneday #handhygiene
Even though we are all apart right now, DNA connects us all. 🧬🧬 Celebrate #DNADay2020 by learning more about DNA and downloading our special coloring page! #linkinBio #dnaday
Thank you to all healthcare heroes for keeping the world safe and healthy. We appreciate what you do - each and every day. #WorldHealthDay