A look at the history of Vertex Pharmaceuticals
John Thomson worked for Vertex when it was just a small start-up with great ambitions. He worked for Merck & Co. in the mid-1980s when Vertex founder Joshua Boger started up Vertex and signed on as an antiviral researcher, eventually heading the team that would discover telaprevir. Even now, he still works for Vertex, which has grown from a small group of scientists to a large team in all fields of work, as the vice president for strategic research and development networks, because of the company's value for research.
"As you grow, you lose the feeling of being a little club," he said. "You don't know everyone in the organization... But we've retained the ideology where innovation is meaningful."