Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

company_name = Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
company_type = Corporation (NASD: [ VRTX] )
foundation = 1989
location = Cambridge, Massachusetts
key_people = Joshua Boger, Ph.D., President, Chairman, CEO;|John J. Alam, M.D., Executive Vice President, Medicines Development and Chief Medical Officer industry = Pharmaceuticals (Biopharmaceuticals & Biotherapeutics) []
products = [ Product Pipeline]
revenue = profit $250 million USD (2006)
homepage = []

Vertex Pharmaceuticals is a biotechnology company with activities spanning the length of the pharmaceutical product pipeline, from target identification through to clinical trials and marketing. Most of their activity has been in collaboration with much larger pharmaceutical firms, though some of their recent work has been done independently. Vertex was founded in 1989 by Josh Boger; one of the main reasons for Vertex's success. He was an outstanding fund raiser and able to manage the company's cash flow very well. Vertex was one of the first bio-tech firms to use an explicit strategy of rational drug design rather than combinatorial chemistry. Vertex went about understanding a disease and then tried to develop a process to cure it. In 2004, their product pipeline focused on viral infections, inflammatory and autoimmune disorders and cancer. Their capital investments include a headquarters facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts and two research facilities, in San Diego, California and Oxford, United Kingdom. The company was profiled by Barry Werth in the book "Billion Dollar Molecule".



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