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Toggle Summary Vertex Announces European Commission Approval for KALYDECO® (ivacaftor) to Treat Patients with Cystic Fibrosis Aged 12 to <24 months with Certain Mutations in the CFTR Gene
Ivacaftor is the first and only approved medicine in Europe to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis in these young patients LONDON --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 29, 2018-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Europe) Limited today announced that the European Commission has granted approval of the label
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Toggle Summary Two Phase 3 Studies of the Triple Combination of VX-659, Tezacaftor and Ivacaftor Met Primary Endpoint of Improvement in Lung Function (ppFEV1) in People with Cystic Fibrosis
-Mean absolute improvement in ppFEV 1 of 14.0 percentage points from baseline at week 4 in people with one F508del mutation and one minimal function mutation compared to placebo (p
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Toggle Summary Vertex Receives European CHMP Positive Opinion for ORKAMBI® (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) for Treatment of Children with Cystic Fibrosis Aged 2 to 5 Years Old with Most Common Form of the Disease
- If approved, lumacaftor/ivacaftor will be the first medicine in Europe to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis for approximately 1,500 young children with two copies of the F508del mutation - LONDON --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 16, 2018-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Europe) Limited today
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Toggle Summary Vertex Announces European Authorization for Third Cystic Fibrosis Medicine SYMKEVI® (tezacaftor/ivacaftor), to be used in combination with ivacaftor (KALYDECO®), for People with CF Aged 12 and Older with Certain Mutations in the CFTR gene
- A new treatment option for patients with two copies of the F508del mutation, the most common mutation in cystic fibrosis - - First medicine in the EU to treat the CFTR protein defect in patients who have one copy of the F508del mutation and one copy of one of 14 mutations that result in residual
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Toggle Summary Vertex Receives European CHMP Positive Opinion for KALYDECO® (ivacaftor) to Treat Patients With Cystic Fibrosis Aged 12 to <24 months With Certain Mutations in the CFTR Gene
If approved, ivacaftor will be the first and only medicine to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis for these young children LONDON --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 19, 2018-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Europe) Limited today announces that the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal
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Toggle Summary Vertex Data Presented at North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference (NACFC) Demonstrate Rapid Progress Toward Expanding and Enhancing Options for Treating the Underlying Cause of Cystic Fibrosis
- Phase 2 results of VX-659 and VX-445 triple combination regimens concurrently published in The New England Journal of Medicine - - Phase 3 ARRIVAL data support treating the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis with KALYDECO ® (ivacaftor) as early as six months of age - - Patient-reported outcomes
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Toggle Summary Vertex Announces Access Contract in Denmark for Current and Future Cystic Fibrosis Medicines
- First-of-its-kind contract with the Danish pharmaceutical and procurement organization, Amgros, is effective from today - - Vertex also announces reimbursement in Austria for ORKAMBI ® (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) to treat patients ages 6 through 11 with two copies of the F508del mutation - LONDON
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Toggle Summary Vertex Appoints Katharine Jensen as Head of Corporate Social Responsibility
-- Ms. Jensen to oversee global CSR efforts and lead The Vertex Foundation -- BOSTON --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 10, 2018-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) today announced that Katharine Jensen has been appointed Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In this role, Ms.
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Toggle Summary Vertex Completes Enrollment of Two Phase 3 Studies of VX-659 in Triple Combination with Tezacaftor and Ivacaftor for the Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis
-Data expected in late 2018 from Phase 3 studies of VX-659, tezacaftor and ivacaftor in people with one F508del mutation and one minimal function mutation and in people with two F508del mutations- -Enrollment of two Phase 3 studies of VX-445 in triple combination with tezacaftor and ivacaftor
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Toggle Summary Vertex Announces Reimbursement Agreement in Australia for ORKAMBI® (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) for People with Cystic Fibrosis Ages Six Years and Older with Two Copies of the F508del Mutation
- Approximately 1,300 patients in Australia join the thousands of patients worldwide who already have access to lumacaftor/ivacaftor - - A pathway to access for future Vertex CF medicine, tezacaftor/ivacaftor, has also been established - LONDON --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep.
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Toggle Summary Vertex and Genomics plc Establish Collaboration to Use Human Genetics and Data Science to Advance Discovery of Precision Medicines
Multi-year collaboration combines expertise in genomics, machine learning and drug discovery to identify novel targets for innovative medicines BOSTON &amp; OXFORD, United Kingdom --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 30, 2018-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) and Genomics plc today announced a
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Toggle Summary Vertex Appoints Ludovic Fenaux as Senior Vice President, International Commercial Operations
– Ludovic Fenaux to lead Vertex’s expanding International organization – – Simon Bedson announces retirement – LONDON --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 23, 2018-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) today announced that Ludovic Fenaux has been appointed Senior Vice President, International
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Toggle Summary Vertex Receives a Positive PBAC Recommendation for Reimbursement of ORKAMBI® (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) to Treat Australians Ages Six and Over with Cystic Fibrosis and Two Copies of the F508del Mutation
- PBAC recommendation moves approximately 1,300 patients in Australia closer to access to lumacaftor/ivacaftor and Vertex is now working with the Australian Government to finalize a reimbursement agreement as soon as possible - LONDON --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug.
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Toggle Summary Vertex Awards Two College Students Full Scholarships to the University of Massachusetts
-- Boston Public High School Students Nora Nguyen and Sonny Mei Receive Vertex Science Leaders Scholarship to Pursue STEAM Degrees at UMass -- BOSTON --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 16, 2018-- Vertex today announced the recipients of the annual Vertex Science Leaders Scholarship, a four-year, full-ride
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Toggle Summary FDA Approves KALYDECO® (ivacaftor) as First and Only Medicine to Treat the Underlying Cause of CF in Children Ages 12 to <24 Months with Certain Mutations in the CFTR Gene
-Data from Phase 3 ARRIVAL study support treatment with KALYDECO in children ages 12 to
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Toggle Summary FDA Approves ORKAMBI® (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) as First Medicine to Treat the Underlying Cause of Cystic Fibrosis for Children Ages 2-5 Years with Most Common Form of the Disease
- Approximately 1,300 people in the U.S. ages 2 through 5 years have two copies of the F508del mutation, the most common genetic form of the disease - BOSTON --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 7, 2018-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) today announced the U.S.
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Toggle Summary Vertex Receives European CHMP Positive Opinion for SYMKEVI® (tezacaftor/ivacaftor) for People with Cystic Fibrosis Aged 12 and Older with Certain Mutations in the CFTR Gene
If approved, SYMKEVI ® (tezacaftor/ivacaftor) will be Vertex’s third medicine to treat the CFTR protein defect in patients with cystic fibrosis – a rare life-shortening disease LONDON --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 27, 2018-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Europe) Limited , today announced that the European
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Toggle Summary Health Canada Approves PrSYMDEKO™ (tezacaftor/ivacaftor and ivacaftor) to Treat the Underlying Cause of Cystic Fibrosis in People Ages 12 and Older with Certain Mutations in the CFTR Gene
-SYMDEKO is Vertex’s third medicine to treat the underlying cause of CF- -Approximately 2,000 people in Canada are ages 12 and older and have two copies of the F508del mutation or at least one mutation in the CF gene that is responsive to treatment with SYMDEKO- BOSTON --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun.
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Toggle Summary Vertex’s Paul Negulescu Awarded the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize for Pioneering Discoveries in Cystic Fibrosis
BOSTON --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 21, 2018-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) today announced that Senior Vice President Paul Negulescu has been named one of the winners of this year’s Warren Alpert Foundation Prize for “transformative discoveries in the fields of genetics,
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Toggle Summary Vertex Opens Expanded Research Site in San Diego
BOSTON --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 18, 2018-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: VRTX) today announced the opening of its new 170,000 square foot research facility in Torrey Pines , San Diego . The new site represents a significant expansion of the Company’s research presence in the area, and
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Toggle Summary Vertex Announces Long-Term Access Agreement in Sweden for Cystic Fibrosis Medicine ORKAMBI® (lumacaftor/ivacaftor)
- The agreement allows for reimbursement of ORKAMBI for people with cystic fibrosis who have two copies of the F508del mutation from July 1 - - A framework for assessment and access to our future cystic fibrosis medicines is included as part of the agreement - LONDON --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun.
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Toggle Summary The Vertex Foundation and Employees Donate $1 Million Through Matching Gift Program
BOSTON --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 14, 2018-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) today announced that Vertex employees and The Vertex Foundation have together donated over $1 million through the Company’s new dollar-for-dollar matching gift program.
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Toggle Summary Vertex Data Presented at European Cystic Fibrosis Society (ECFS) Conference Demonstrate Early and Long-Term Disease-Modifying Potential of Treating the Underlying Cause of CF
- Data from KALYDECO ® (ivacaftor) studies show the potential to modify the long-term progression of the disease - - Interim analysis of the ongoing extension study of tezacaftor/ivacaftor combination (approved in the U.S. as SYMDEKO TM ) continues to demonstrate consistent safety and sustained
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Toggle Summary CRISPR Therapeutics and Vertex Provide Update on FDA Review of Investigational New Drug Application for CTX001 for the Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease
BOSTON and ZUG, Switzerland and CAMBRIDGE, Mass. , May 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CRISPR Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CRSP) and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:VRTX) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed a clinical hold on the Investigational New Drug
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Toggle Summary Vertex Awards $400,000 in Scholarships to People Living with Cystic Fibrosis and Their Immediate Family Members
All in for CF Scholarship Program Doubles to Help 80 Recipients Pursue Higher Education BOSTON --(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 1, 2018-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) today announced the recipients of scholarships as part of its second All in for CF Scholarship program.
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Toggle Summary Vertex Initiates Phase 3 Studies of VX-445, Tezacaftor and Ivacaftor as a Triple Combination Regimen for People with Cystic Fibrosis
-VX-445 triple combination regimen is the second of two different triple combination regimens to enter Phase 3 development in 2018- -Phase 3 study in approximately 360 patients with one F508del mutation and one minimal function mutation designed to support New Drug Application based on 4-week
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Toggle Summary Vertex Appoints Kimberly A. White as Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
BOSTON --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) today announced that Kimberly A. White has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. Ms. White will begin her role with Vertex on May 21, 2018 , and will report to Michael J.
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Toggle Summary Vertex Initiates Phase 3 Study of VX-659, Tezacaftor and Ivacaftor as a Triple Combination Regimen for People with Cystic Fibrosis Who Have Two Copies of the F508del Mutation
-Global Phase 3 study to enroll approximately 100 patients with the most common genetic form of the disease- -Phase 2 data showed mean absolute improvement in ppFEV 1 &nbsp;of 9.7 percentage points when VX-659 was added in people with CF who have two F508del mutations who were already receiving
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Toggle Summary Vertex Initiates First Phase 3 Study of VX-659, Tezacaftor and Ivacaftor as a Triple Combination Regimen for People with Cystic Fibrosis
-Global Phase 3 study to enroll 360 patients with one F508del mutation and one minimal function mutation- -Study designed to support submission of New Drug Application in the U.S. based on 4-week primary efficacy endpoint and 12-week safety data- BOSTON --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals
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Toggle Summary Vertex Announces Treatment with the NaV1.8 Inhibitor VX-150 Showed Significant Relief of Acute Pain in Phase 2 Study
-VX-150 was generally well tolerated and showed statistically significant relief of acute pain compared to placebo; study included an active reference arm of the opioid pain medicine hydrocodone+acetaminophen to support evaluation of VX-150 treatment effect- -Phase 2 study in acute pain is the
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Toggle Summary FDA Approves SYMDEKOTM (tezacaftor/ivacaftor and ivacaftor) to Treat the Underlying Cause of Cystic Fibrosis in People Ages 12 and Older with Certain Mutations in the CFTR Gene
- SYMDEKO is Vertex's third medicine to treat the underlying cause of CF - - SYMDEKO to begin shipping to pharmacies this week - BOSTON --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved SYMDEKO ™
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Toggle Summary Vertex Selects Two Next-Generation Correctors, VX-659 and VX-445, to Advance into Phase 3 Development as Part of Two Different Triple Combination Regimens for People with Cystic Fibrosis
- Phase 2 data showed mean absolute improvements in ppFEV 1 of up to 13.3 and 13.8 percentage points for VX-659 and VX-445, respectively, in triple combination with tezacaftor and ivacaftor in people with CF who have one F508del mutation and one minimal function mutation (F508del/Min); triple
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Toggle Summary Vertex Receives EU Approval for ORKAMBI® (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) in Children with Cystic Fibrosis Ages 6-11 with Two Copies of the F508del Mutation
- In Europe, there are approximately 3,400 children ages 6-11 who have two copies of the F508del mutation - - Existing reimbursement agreements in countries like Ireland will enable rapid access to ORKAMBI; country-by-country reimbursement processes will now begin in other countries- LONDON
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Toggle Summary Vertex and CRISPR Therapeutics to Co-Develop and Co-Commercialize CTX001 as CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Edited Treatment for Sickle Cell Disease and β-Thalassemia
-Vertex selects CTX001 as first gene edited treatment to be developed as part of collaboration with CRISPR Therapeutics - -Clinical Trial Application for CTX001 submitted in Europe to support initiation of Phase 1/2 clinical study in β-thalassemia in 2018- -Preclinical data for CTX001 presented
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Toggle Summary Vertex Announces Positive Results from Open-Label Phase 3 Study of KALYDECO® (ivacaftor) in Children with Cystic Fibrosis Ages 1 to 2 Years
-Study met primary safety endpoint and showed improvements across multiple endpoints, including measures of pancreatic function- -Potential to modify the course of CF in children as young as one year of age- -Results support FDA and EMA filings in the first quarter of 2018- BOSTON --(BUSINESS
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Toggle Summary Vertex Receives CHMP Positive Opinion for ORKAMBI® (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) for the Treatment of Children with Cystic Fibrosis Ages 6-11 with Two Copies of the F508del Mutation in the European Union
- In Europe, there are approximately 3,400 children ages 6-11 who have two copies of the F508del mutation - BOSTON --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) today announced that the European Union Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) issued a positive
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Toggle Summary Vertex Announces Presentations of Data at North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference that Demonstrate Important Progress Toward Goal of Helping All People with CF
- Data from ongoing extension study of ORKAMBI ® (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) in children ages 6-11 and real-world KALYDECO ® (ivacaftor) data demonstrate long-term safety and other benefits of these medicines - - New data from ongoing extension study of tezacaftor/ivacaftor combination demonstrate
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Toggle Summary Phase 3 Studies of the Tezacaftor/Ivacaftor Combination Treatment in People with Cystic Fibrosis Ages 12 and Older Published in the New England Journal of Medicine
- Data showed significant improvements in lung function (ppFEV 1 ) with a favorable safety profile across multiple patient groups - - Tezacaftor/ivacaftor currently under review by the FDA and EMA; FDA Priority Review action date of February 28, 2018 - BOSTON --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Vertex
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Toggle Summary Vertex Announces New $750,000 Program to Support the Work of the Next Generation of Cystic Fibrosis Researchers
The Vertex Research Innovation Award (RIA) Program Will Now Provide up to $10M in Grants Over the Next Five Years to New Postdoctoral and Faculty Researchers from Around the World BOSTON --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated  (Nasdaq: VRTX) announced today a new $750,000 program
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Toggle Summary Vertex Doubles Scholarship Program to Support the Academic and Professional Advancement of People Living with Cystic Fibrosis and Their Families
Now Accepting Applications for the "All in for CF" Scholarship Program Through Jan. 3, 2018 BOSTON --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) has doubled the number of scholarships for people living with cystic fibrosis (CF) and their immediate family members.
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Toggle Summary Vertex Announces 10-Year, $500 Million Corporate Giving Commitment
Dedicates $50M to science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education for underserved students and establishes The Vertex Foundation Expands global efforts for providing patient and caregiver support including access to our medicines; developing young scientists and physicians; and
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Toggle Summary Vertex Announces Upcoming Presentations of Data at 2017 North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference
-Eleven abstracts from Vertex's CF program accepted for presentation- -Late-breaking abstract submitted with data from three different triple combination regimens in CF patients- BOSTON --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) today announced that 11 abstracts from its
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Toggle Summary Vertex Appoints Tom Graney as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
BOSTON --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) today announced the appointment of Tom Graney to the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. Graney will begin his role with Vertex on September 13, 2017 and will report to Executive Vice
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Toggle Summary Vertex Announces Acceptance of its Applications for Review of the Tezacaftor/Ivacaftor Combination Treatment in People with Cystic Fibrosis by the FDA and EMA
- FDA grants Priority Review of the application and sets action date of February 28, 2018 - -Applications supported by positive results from two global Phase 3 studies in people with CF ages 12 and older who have two copies of the F508del mutation or one F508del mutation and one residual function
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Toggle Summary FDA Approves KALYDECO® (ivacaftor) for More Than 600 People Ages 2 and Older With Cystic Fibrosis Who Have Certain Residual Function Mutations
BOSTON --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved KALYDECO ® (ivacaftor) for use in more than 600 people with cystic fibrosis (CF) ages 2 and older who have one of five residual function
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Toggle Summary Vertex and Concert Pharmaceuticals Complete Asset Purchase Agreement for CTP-656
BOSTON &amp; LEXINGTON, Mass. --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: VRTX) and Concert Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNCE) today announced the completion of their previously announced asset purchase agreement. Under the completed agreement, Vertex now has worldwide
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Toggle Summary Vertex Announces Positive Phase 1 & Phase 2 Data from Three Different Triple Combination Regimens in People with Cystic Fibrosis Who Have One F508del Mutation and One Minimal Function Mutation (F508del/Min)
-Phase 2 data showed mean absolute improvements in ppFEV 1 of 9.7 and 12.0 percentage points for VX-152 and VX-440, respectively, in triple combination with tezacaftor and ivacaftor in F508del/Min patients; Initial data from Phase 1 study showed mean absolute improvement in ppFEV 1 of 9.6
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Toggle Summary Vertex Awards Two First-Generation College Students Full Scholarships to the University of Massachusetts
Boston Public High School Students Hannah Mei and Sayed Shah Receive Vertex Science Leaders Scholarship to Pursue STEM Degrees at UMass BOSTON --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Vertex , Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the University of Massachusetts today announced the recipients of the annual Vertex Science
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Toggle Summary Vertex Announces Reimbursement Agreement in Italy for ORKAMBI® (Lumacaftor/Ivacaftor), the First Medicine to Treat the Underlying Cause of Cystic Fibrosis in People Ages 12 and Older with Two Copies of the F508del Mutation
- Effective immediately, agreement enables hundreds of people in Italy to access this important medicine - - Recent pricing and reimbursement agreements have enabled broad access to ORKAMBI for thousands of eligible patients in multiple European countries; negotiations continue in a number of other
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Toggle Summary Vertex Announces Nine Presentations of Data on ORKAMBI® (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) and KALYDECO® (ivacaftor) at the European Cystic Fibrosis Society (ECFS) Conference
- Presentation of data from a Phase 3 study of ORKAMBI in children ages 6-11 with two copies of the F508del mutation demonstrated improvements in lung function and sweat chloride; study also published online in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine today - - ECFS data presentations demonstrate that
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