Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Jan 9, 2011

Vertex Announces Key Business Objectives To Support Planned Launch of Telaprevir in Hepatitis C and Continued Progress in Other Serious Diseases

-Hepatitis C: Submission of New Drug Application complete for telaprevir-

-Cystic Fibrosis: First Phase 3 data for VX-770 expected in first quarter 2011-

-Additional ongoing trials in HCV, CF, epilepsy and rheumatoid arthritis-

-Vertex enters 2011 with cash and cash equivalents position of more than $1 billion-

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 9, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: VRTX) today announced its 2011 business objectives in conjunction with the 29th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco. Matthew Emmens, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vertex, will discuss these objectives as part of a live webcast presentation, which will be available on Vertex's website,, on Monday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m. PT (12:30 p.m. ET).

"2011 will be a landmark year for Vertex as we prepare for the expected launch of telaprevir in hepatitis C and advance other new therapies in development," said Mr. Emmens.

"Our commercial team is in place and prepared for the planned launch of telaprevir this year. We believe that telaprevir will dramatically change the treatment of hepatitis C and establish Vertex as a company capable of discovering, developing and launching transformative medicines to treat serious diseases.

"We are in a unique position, as just behind telaprevir is VX-770, a medicine in development that aims to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis. We will soon obtain data from the Phase 3 registration program of VX-770 that may support the planned submission of a New Drug Application to the FDA in the second half of this year.

"We also expect to receive important data from multiple ongoing Phase 2 trials this year, including those evaluating new combination regimens for hepatitis C and cystic fibrosis, which may provide further development opportunities," Mr. Emmens concluded.

Hepatitis C: Preparing for Launch of Telaprevir

Submission of New Drug Application Completed in November 2010 with Request for Priority Review

Phase 3b Study of Twice-daily Dosing of Telaprevir to Support Supplemental NDA by end of 2012

Cystic Fibrosis: Phase 3 Registration Program for VX-770 Nears Completion

VX-770 NDA Submission Planned for Second Half of 2011

Opportunities to Further Advance Future Treatment of Hepatitis C and Cystic Fibrosis

Interim Data from Phase 2 Study of Telaprevir and VX-222 Expected in First Quarter of 2011

Additional Trials of Telaprevir to Advance Leadership Position in Hepatitis C

Combination of Two CFTR Modulators for the Treatment of People with the Most Common Mutation of Cystic Fibrosis

Additional Phase 2 Trials and Continued Productivity in Research for Other Serious Diseases

Data from Phase 2 Trials in Epilepsy and Rheumatoid Arthritis Expected in 2011

Continued Investment in Research to Support Discovery of Future Medicines

As of December 31, 2010, Vertex had more than $1 billion in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities. The company also recently entered into a $100 million commercial line of credit from Bank of America for a term of 18 months.

Vertex anticipates a GAAP net loss for 2010, including certain charges, of approximately $750 million. Vertex anticipates a 2010 non-GAAP loss, excluding certain charges, of approximately $600 million.

Vertex will report full-year 2010 financial results on February 3, 2011.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this press release, Vertex's financial results are provided both in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) and using certain non-GAAP financial measures. In particular, Vertex provides guidance for its full-year 2010 loss, excluding stock-based compensation expense, restructuring expense and expenses related to certain September 2009 financial transactions, which results in a non-GAAP financial measure. These results are provided as a complement to results provided in accordance with GAAP because management believes these non-GAAP financial measures help indicate underlying trends in Vertex's business and are important in comparing current results with prior period results. Management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures to establish budgets and operational goals that are communicated internally and externally to manage the Vertex's business and to evaluate its performance.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including the statements made by Mr. Emmens in the second through fifth paragraphs of the press release, and statements regarding (i) Vertex's planned launch of telaprevir in 2011; (ii) the expectation that the first Phase 3 data for VX-770 will be available in the first quarter of 2011; (iii) the expectation that Vertex will obtain a response from the FDA regarding its request for Priority Review in January 2011 and the FDA's goal for completion of its review of NDA submissions granted Priority Review; (iv) the preparedness of the field-based employees to support the future use of telaprevir; (v) the timing of SVR data from OPTIMIZE and the potential Supplemental NDA for telaprevir; (vi) the status of the VX-770 registration program and the possibility that if the results from the Phase 3 program are positive the company could submit an NDA for VX-770 in the second half of 2011; (vii) expectations regarding the timing of data from the Phase 2 studies of (a) telaprevir and VX-222, (b) VX-770 and VX-809, © VX-765 and (d) VX-509; (viii) the anticipation that enrollment in the three-drug treatment arm of the VX-222/telaprevir clinical trial will begin in the first quarter of 2011; (ix) planned clinical trials of telaprevir that aim to expand the future patient population and the potential for these trials to support further trials and/or a supplemental NDA; (x) the expectation that additional development candidates will emerge in 2011; and (xi) the anticipation that Vertex's projected GAAP and non-GAAP 2010 annual loss and year-end cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities balance will be as set forth above. While the company believes the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are accurate, there are a number of factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Those risks and uncertainties include, among other things, that the outcomes for each of its planned clinical trials and studies may not be favorable, that regulatory authorities may require supplemental clinical trials in order to support the registration of telaprevir and/or VX-770, that planned or potential clinical trials may be delayed or may not be conducted, that the company may not be able to successfully develop telaprevir, VX-770, VX-509, VX-765 or combination therapies involving telaprevir and VX-222 or VX-770 and VX-809, that the company's expectations regarding its 2010 GAAP and non-GAAP net loss may be incorrect, and other risks listed under Risk Factors in Vertex's annual report and quarterly reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available through the company's website at The company disclaims any obligation to update the information contained in this press release as new information becomes available.


Vertex Pharmaceuticals will webcast its corporate presentation at the 29th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference on January 10, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. PT (12:30 p.m. ET). A link to the live webcast will be available via Vertex's website,, in the Events & Presentations section. An archived webcast of the presentation will be available on Vertex's website through January 24, 2011.

About Vertex

Vertex creates new possibilities in medicine. Our team aims to discover and develop innovative therapies so people with serious diseases can lead better lives.

Vertex scientists and our collaborators are working on new medicines to cure or significantly advance the treatment of hepatitis C, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy and other life-threatening diseases.

Founded more than 20 years ago in Cambridge, MA, we now have ongoing worldwide research programs and sites in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.

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