Cystic fibrosis

A portrait of Emily Schaller from Rock CF


Every day, people living with serious diseases strive to be more than their disease — to be defined by what they can dream and hope and achieve, not by what limits them. Our commitment to people with serious diseases is uncompromising and goes beyond our research and development (R&D) and medicines.

Our cystic fibrosis journey

Alongside the cystic fibrosis (CF) community, we have spent more than 20 years doing what was once thought impossible — discovering and developing medicines that target the underlying cause of this devastating disease. Our success is a testament to our partnership with the CF community and the dedication of our team at Vertex. 

We've set a high bar, and we will continue to push ourselves to discover potential treatments that could work for all people living with CF. As we continue our CF journey, we’re committed to expanding access to our existing medicines and researching a potential medicine for the approximately 5,000 people who do not produce the CFTR protein and remain ineligible for modulator therapy. 



Working with the cystic fibrosis community

We’ve established programs, and we're proud to work with organizations that help people with cystic fibrosis (CF) live active, full lives. 

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Vertex Foundation Scholarship 

Through the Vertex Foundation, we award more than 80 scholarships that help people with CF and their immediate family members in the U.S. and Canada pursue two-year, four-year or graduate degrees.

Learn more about our scholarships


A smiling young boy on an indoor sports field
Team IMPACT CF Project, sponsored by Vertex

Team IMPACT is a nonprofit organization in the U.S. that matches courageous children living with rare diseases with college athletic teams. Our sponsorship has helped give more than 100 children a team, including virtual support during COVID-19.

See Team IMPACT in action


An image of a group of Vertexians in purple shirts attending the Great Strides walk

Team Vertex joins the CF community at the annual Boston Great Strides walk in 2023.

CF advocacy organizations

We love to show up and show our support for CF advocacy organizations. From sponsoring events to walking and running to raise awareness, we’re the team in purple.

Examples of organizations we support include:

Additional community resources



Learn about our work in cystic fibrosis

To learn more about our cystic fibrosis studies in the U.S., visit the clinical trials website. For information about non-U.S. sites, visit