Each year, we present the Vertex Outstanding Research Award to a person on our research team who in the prior year made the most outstanding innovative contribution that solved a critical scientific problem, set the cornerstone for a medicine that could ultimately transform lives of patients and/or enabled rapid progress in relevant disease or technology areas within Vertex and the broader scientific community globally.
Innovative science is at the heart of creating our medicines, yet often, a brilliant insight or a key experiment happens years before a medicine may reach a patient. At Vertex, we believe that it is important to acknowledge these moments of scientific accomplishment, which may be less visible than project successes but are just as vital to the invention of important medicines.
This year, for the first time, we recognized a team rather than an individual. The recipients of this year’s Vertex Outstanding Research Award were three scientists from our San Diego site, who received this award for their work to better understand the folding pathway of the defective CFTR protein that is the cause of cystic fibrosis (CF).
This honor came with a financial award and the opportunity to take a 3-month research sabbatical where the winners work on an exciting scientific problem in a lab of their choice, anywhere in the world.
“Each year as we think about who should receive this award, I’m reminded of how exceptional our scientists are and how passionate they are about pursuing science that can translate into potential medicines for patients,” said Paul Negulescu, Ph.D., Vice President of North American Research and Head of the San Diego site. “These scientists have done and continue to do great work. One of the best things about this research is that the work lays the foundation for future scientific advances as we deepen our understanding of how proteins such as CFTR are processed by the cell.”
Science and innovation are at the core of what we do at Vertex, and we’d like to thank this team, along with all of our scientists, for their contributions to our team.