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Clinical Trials

How Clinical Trials Work

Vertex is focused on developing innovative medicines so people with serious diseases can lead better lives. To do this, we conduct clinical trials to assess the safety and effectiveness of investigational medicines, which, if established, will help us obtain approvals from regulatory authorities. These approvals, in turn, are required before medicines can be made widely available to patients.

Consistent with our mission, we encourage awareness of and participation in clinical trials. Clinical trials are controlled research studies in humans designed to determine if an investigational medicine is safe and effective. Vertex believes that participating in clinical trials is the best way for patients to access investigational medicines prior to regulatory approval. We encourage patients to speak first with their physician about their eligibility to enroll in a clinical trial.

For physicians interested in a clinical trial at Vertex, please contact



Additional Resources:

Clinical Trials
National Institutes of Health