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Caring for our people; Helping improve lives
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Chief Human Resources Officer Stephanie Franklin discusses Vertex’s inclusive benefits and how they are helping Vertexians.

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Our future journey in cystic fibrosis
2 min read

Guided by our uncompromising commitment to patients, we are committed to going the distance in cystic fibrosis. Learn more about what we're focused on as we continue our journey.

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A nephrologist’s perspective on APOL1-mediated kidney disease
2 min read

Dr. Ogo Egbuna leads clinical development for our genetic kidney disease programs. Learn more about APOL1-mediated kidney disease from a nephrologist’s perspective.

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Minimizing our environmental footprint
2 min read

We’re committed to carefully managing our environmental footprint. Learn more from Charlie Wagner, our Chief Financial Officer, about the progress we’re making to conserve water and to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Vertex researchers win Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
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We are relentless in our quest to improve the lives of people living with serious diseases. Thanks to the dedication of teams led by Paul Negulescu, Sabine Hadida and Fred Van Goor, our medicines have profoundly impacted the cystic fibrosis community, earning recognition such as the prestigious Breakthrough Prize.

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A culture of sustainability
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Sustainability is both a priority and a team effort. Learn more about how we're dedicated to being responsible global citizens from Executive Director Katharine Jensen.

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Research and beyond: Our commitment to the beta thalassemia community
3 min read

We’ve been working with the beta thalassemia community since the inception of our research program in 2015. Learn more about our efforts and commitments around the globe.

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Apply now! Vertex Foundation Scholarship applications open
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The Vertex Foundation Scholarship helps eligible people with cystic fibrosis and their families in the U.S. and Canada pursue higher education degrees. Recipients will be awarded $5,000 USD/CAD toward the 2024-2025 academic year. 

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Game changers
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Diana Cruz Solash, Vice President of Talent and ID&E, shares game-changing insights from our seventh annual ID&E Week.

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New data shed light on health inequities in sickle cell disease
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Individuals living with severe sickle cell disease report higher exposure to health care prejudice, according to new research by our Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) team.

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We are with you: A message to the sickle cell community
3 min read

Vertex is committed to the sickle cell disease community. Beyond our science, it’s about showing up and locking arms with the community to work together toward meaningful change.

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Inside the lab: Sheila Namirembe’s day at Vertex Pharmaceuticals
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Though they come from different backgrounds, our scientists share a passion and dedication to pushing our science forward. Meet the people driving innovation at Vertex.

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Unraveling the hidden impacts of sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia
4 min read

Understanding the real-life impacts of managing SCD and TDT.

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Living our culture, delivering for patients
2 min read

Chief Human Resources Officer Stephanie Franklin discusses our unique culture at Vertex and how we bring our culture to life.

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Behind the curtain, a look into the lives of people living with serious illness
3 min read

Learn how we explore the daily lives of those living with debilitating disease to help inform our mission.

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Genetic testing as a tool for kidney health
3 min read

Vice President of Clinical Development Dr. Ogo Egbuna shares why it’s important to raise awareness about APOL1-mediated kidney disease (AMKD). 

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Vertex Forward: Our journey in cystic fibrosis
1 min read

Learn more about cystic fibrosis and how we are committed now more than ever to discovering new therapeutic advances for all people living with the disease.

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More than career growth — Shaping Vertexians’ tomorrows
2 min read

Learn why the Vertex Pharmaceuticals approach to career growth is unique from Chief Human Resources Officer Stephanie Franklin.

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Summer camps are serious about fun
3 min read

Unique summer camp experiences dedicated to the siblings of children with a serious illness? Sign us up! Having a child with a serious illness impacts the whole family, and sibling camp is just one way the Vertex Foundation supports healthy families across the globe. 

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Catalysts for change
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ID&E Week is our annual opportunity to press pause and listen, learn and reflect. This year’s theme, “Catalysts for Change,” was also a call to action for Vertexians to ignite actionable change. Hear from Vice President Diana Cruz Solash on key takeaways from our sixth annual ID&E Week. 

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Giving back is in our DNA: Vertex’s 14th annual Global Day of Service
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Giving back is part of our culture, so much so that we say it’s in our DNA. Vertex’s 14th annual Global Day of Service was our most impactful to date, with 57% employee participation across 20 countries and more than 6,000 hours of service contributed to our communities. 

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My life’s mission: Pursuing innovative ways to manage pain
3 min read

September is Pain Awareness Month in the U.S., dedicated to raising public awareness around pain, pain management and the work that pain professionals do every day. Hear from Vice President Jim Jones on why his career led him to clinical development for our pain program. 

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A new Partnership to ignite change for sickle cell disease
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The Sickle Cell Disease Partnership is a multistakeholder coalition, launched in June, which works to improve care and access for people living with sickle cell disease. Here, Chief Patient Officer Amit Sachdev discusses the partnership, its goals and the reasons it was founded.

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The Vertex Foundation: Supporting healthy families
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Supporting healthy families is one focus of the Vertex Foundation. Executive Director Katharine Jensen shares how the Foundation is expanding its partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities in new and innovative ways.

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Vertex’s inclusion, diversity and equity priorities
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Our commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity (ID&E) is longstanding and achieving our ambition takes collective action and shared ownership. Learn more about our approach from Vice President of Talent and ID&E Diana Cruz Solash.

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Global Clinical Trials Day: Innovating in clinical trials
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Working together to address disparities in rare diseases
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Recognizing a milestone: Happy birthday to our first cystic fibrosis medicine
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Vertex Forward: Diving into type 1 diabetes
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The evolution of global STEAM education at Vertex
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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Vertex Forward: Navigating Duchenne muscular dystrophy
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Rethinking education and the future of work
5 min read
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Vertex Forward: Innovating in pain research
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Teacher Appreciation Week
Celebrating teachers and cultivating a pipeline to strengthen their workforce
3 min read
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Virtual onboarding: Lessons learned at Vertex
3 min read
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Vertex Forward: Exploring APOL1-mediated kidney diseases
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Supporting Disaster Relief Efforts
The Vertex Foundation: Supporting disaster relief efforts
2 min read
Vertex Forward: Illustrating Our Scientific Strategy
Vertex Forward: Illustrating our scientific strategy
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Launching a virtual red balloon for World Duchenne Awareness Day
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Camp Sunshine
Summer camp reimagined
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STEAM goes virtual at Vertex this summer
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Introducing the Vertex Virtual Lab Tour
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Bridging the Gap: At the Intersection of Data Science and Health Care
Bridging the gap: At the intersection of data science and health care
2 min read
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The Vertex Foundation: Helping employees give and coming together as a global community
2 min read
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STEM Week brings hands-on learning to future scientists in San Diego
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Three key ingredients to building a culture of innovation
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Setting the Foundation for the Vertex Foundation
Setting the foundation for the Vertex Foundation
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Patients inspiring researchers: The story of our patient flask
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