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Cells are often called the building blocks of life — they make up every living being. Unlocking the therapeutic potential in these building blocks by creating cell therapies has been a turning point in medicine. At Vertex Pharmaceuticals, we’re researching potential cell therapies that could treat the underlying cause of serious diseases.

What are cell therapies, and how do they work?

Cell therapies are designed to replace or repair diseased or damaged cells or tissue within a person’s body to help treat a disease or condition. Many different types of cells can be used for a potential cell therapy, from blood cells to neurons and pancreatic islet cells. In this animation, learn more about the two different types of cell therapies and the potential to be used for curative therapies in the future.

At Vertex, we aim to create transformative treatments by continually pursuing cutting-edge science. Science is at the core of everything we do, and the unmet need for patients motivates us to keep going. With cell therapies as a tool, we hope to change the lives of people with serious diseases.

About this video series

This series shares the science behind some of the tools and technologies we use in our research and clinical development. As our scientists continue to make progress, we want to spread awareness about the innovative technology used behind the scenes in our labs. Check out some of the other tools in our toolbox that we are using to advance toward our goals: