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Vertex Awards Two College Students Full Scholarships to the University of Massachusetts

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-- Boston Public High School Students Nora Nguyen and Sonny Mei
Receive Vertex Science Leaders Scholarship to Pursue STEAM Degrees at
UMass --

Vertex today announced the recipients of the annual Vertex Science
Leaders Scholarship, a four-year, full-ride scholarship to pursue an
education in science, technology, engineering, art or math (STEAM) at
any University of Massachusetts campus. The scholarship is part of
Vertex's 10-year, $500 million corporate giving commitment focused on
expanding our commitment to STEAM education; providing patient and
caregiver support including access to our medicines; developing young
physicians and scientists; and investing in our communities.

This year's scholarship recipients are Nora Nguyen from Boston
International Newcomers Academy and Sonny Mei from John D. O'Bryant
School of Mathematics and Science. Both students are passionate about
applying their education to solve some of society's most pressing health
care and environmental challenges, and will study at the University of
Massachusetts Amherst this fall.

"As a leading biotech company that has grown up in Massachusetts'
thriving innovation ecosystem, we need to do our part to provide the
next generation of scientists and researchers with the opportunities
they need to reach their full potential," said Jeffrey Leiden, M.D.,
Ph.D., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vertex. "We're
incredibly proud to support Nora and Sonny as they take this next step
in their journey to pursue their passions and explore a future career in
STEAM."

Before they head to college, Nora and Sonny are spending their summers
as Vertex interns, alongside more than 30 other Boston Public High
School (BPS) students. During their internships, Nora and Sonny spend
mornings in the lab and the rest of the day in other functional
departments within the business for professional development.

"I want to thank Vertex for creating this opportunity for graduates of
Boston Public Schools," said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "This
annual scholarship has provided young Bostonians with a path to college
and is an investment in the future of our City. To Nora and Sonny,
congratulations, I'm proud of you, and I can't wait to see what your
future has in store."

"We are thrilled to welcome Nora and Sonny to the University of
Massachusetts and congratulate them for their accomplishments," said
UMass President Marty Meehan. "We commend Vertex for their efforts to
connect talented Boston Public Schools students with the transformative
opportunities at UMass, which is the largest contributor of STEAM
graduates to the Commonwealth's economy."

Vertex has so far awarded nine full Science Leaders Scholarships to BPS
students. In addition to receiving financial support, scholars have
access to Vertex's summer internships and formal mentorship programs, as
well as support from Bottom Line, an organization Vertex partners with
to ensure students have the support they need to succeed during their
college years and beyond.

"Nora and Sonny are exemplary young leaders with promising futures ahead
of them," said BPS Interim Superintendent Laura Perille. "I am so
grateful for the Vertex Science Leaders Scholarship program, which
continues to recognize the vast talent within our district by providing
financial support, critical professional experience, and invaluable
mentoring programs for our students."

In 2017, Vertex made a 10-year, $50 million commitment to STEAM
education that includes an ongoing partnership with BPS and a number of
core programs aimed at expanding hands-on learning opportunities for
students of all ages. In addition to the Science Leaders Scholarship,
these programs include:

  • Thomas M. Menino Learning Lab - A 3,000-square-foot classroom
    and laboratory space that provides local students the opportunity to
    work alongside Vertex scientists to conduct experiments with
    cutting-edge technologies. The Learning Lab also hosts professional
    development workshops for teachers and provides mentorship
    opportunities for students. More than 1,000 students attended science
    classes or workshops in the Learning Lab this year.
  • High school and college internships - Students gain real-world
    professional experience and exposure to careers in STEAM. This summer,
    approximately 35 high school students and 190 college students joined
    us for internships in our labs and across the business.
  • Community partnerships - Over the last six years, Vertex has
    developed strong relationships with organizations like Bottom Line,
    Hack.Diversity and i2 Learning to expose students to STEAM
    opportunities at every point along their educational journey — from
    grade school to graduate school. Most recently, Vertex launched the
    Vertex Discovery Camp, a two-week summer camp, in partnership with
    i2Learning and BPS, where more than 100 girls and underserved youth
    from a handful of BPS middle schools learned how to code and perform
    crime scene investigations as a way to engage in STEAM concepts.

About Vertex
Vertex is a global biotechnology company that
invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for
people with serious and life-threatening diseases. In addition to
clinical development programs in CF, Vertex has more than a dozen
ongoing research programs focused on the underlying mechanisms of other
serious diseases.

Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Mass., Vertex's headquarters is now
located in Boston's Innovation District. Today, the company has research
and development sites and commercial offices in the United States,
Europe, Canada and Australia. Vertex is consistently recognized as one
of the industry's top places to work, including being named to Science
magazine's Top Employers in the life sciences ranking for eight years in
a row.

For additional information and the latest updates from the company,
please visit www.vrtx.com.

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