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Vertex Pharmaceuticals

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Vertex got its start ­making a hepatitis C drug, but it has more recently homed in on medicine that treats symptoms of cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that afflicts 75,000 people worldwide. Its two bestselling drugs, Orkambi and Kalydeco, account for 87% of its $2.6 billion in revenue. And in February, Vertex received approval of a third CF drug, Symdeko, which earned $186 million in its first quarter on the market—more than twice what analysts expected. The success of the drugs has helped Vertex more than double its revenue in three years.

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Overall Score

4.6

Sector

Health Care

Industry

Biotechnology

CEO

Jeffrey M. Leiden

Employees

2,300

HQ Location

Boston

Revenues ($M) (Past 12 Months)

$2,623

Profits ($M) (Past 12 Months)

$415

Market Value as of Oct. 10, 2018 ($M)

$45,088

Revenue and net income for 12 months ended June 30, 2018. Sources: Bloomberg; S&P Global.

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