2013 Heroes of Chemistry

Vertex - KalydecoTM

The American Chemical Society honors twelve scientists from Vertex for KalydecoTM, the first medicine to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF). KalydecoTM is the first available treatment that targets the defective cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein, and helps to improve lung function and other aspects of cystic fibrosis in patients with the G551D mutation.

In this video, Vijayalaksmi Arumugam, Brian Bear, Peter Grootenhuis, Sabine Hadida, Anna Hazlewood, Adam Looker, Jason McCartney, Bobbianna Neubert-Langille, Michael Ryan, David Willcox, Zhifeng Ye and Jinglan Zhou of Vertex were honored as Heroes of Chemistry in 2013 by the American Chemical Society for the development of Kalydecoâ„¢.

The Vertex Team

Image of Vijayalaksmi Arumugam

Vijayalaksmi Arumugam, a
Research Scientist at Vertex
Pharmaceuticals

Image of Sabine Hadida

Sabine Hadida, a Research
Fellow at Vertex Pharmaceuticals


Image of Jason McCartney

Jason McCartney, a
Research Scientist at Vertex
Pharmaceuticals

Image of David Willcox

David Willcox, a Research Fellow
II in Chemical Development
at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Image of Brian Bear

Brian Bear, a Senior Research
Scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Image of Anna Hazlewood

Anna Hazlewood, formerly a
Research Scientist I in the
Medicinal Chemistry group
at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Image of Bobbianna Neubert-Langille

Bobbianna Neubert-Langille,
a Senior Scientist at Vertex
Pharmaceuticals

Image of Zhifeng Ye

Zhifeng Ye, a Senior Technical
Operation Manager at Vertex
Pharmaceuticals

Image of Peter Grootenhuis

Peter Grootenhuis, the Senior
Director of Drug Innovation
at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Image of Adam Looker

Adam Looker, the Associate
Director of Chemical
Development at Vertex
Pharmaceuticals

Image of Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan, a Scientist I
in Chemical Development at
Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Image of Jinglan Zhou

Jinglan Zhou, a Senior Research
Scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals


Congratulations to the 2013 ACS Heroes from Vertex!