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BOSTON, MA (April 12, 2019) — As part of its mission to inspire the next generation of critical thinkers and to transform the nation’s relationship with science and technology, the Museum of Science recognized Vertex Pharmaceuticals for its outstanding support of innovation and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education in Boston at its annual Stars of STEM Celebration on April 11th. As one of the most successful biotech companies in the industry, Vertex is a special partner in this mission and is committed to inspiring and equipping students from all backgrounds to become STEM leaders.
The Stars of STEM Celebration supports the Museum of Science’s mission to increase accessibility to STEM education to everyone. The event is the Museum’s largest fundraising event of the year, raising more than $500,000 annually to support STEM education for exhibits, programming and curricula. This year the event raised over $679,000 for the Museum’s Field Trip Fund, a critical initiative that helps support school groups from low-income communities to enjoy field trips at the Museum.
“Through all of our work, the Museum aims to encourage and inspire the next generation of STEM problem solvers,” said Annette Sawyer, Vice President, Education Division, at the Museum of Science. “In working toward this mission, we are grateful for the support of other organizations, such as Vertex, in helping to create open access to education, programming, and events that will empower young learners to enter the STEM field.”
Vertex Pharmaceuticals is committed to inspiring and equipping under-resourced students to become the next generation of scientific leaders. Through relationships with local education leaders, schools, and students, they have developed programs to provide students with hands-on learning opportunities and explore science in the real world. The Thomas. M. Menino Vertex Learning Lab is a 3,000-square-foot classroom and laboratory space, which houses on-site STEM programs for Boston Public School students. Through the Learning Lab, the Vertex Science Leaders Scholarship, summer camps, and more, Vertex is working to support students throughout their educational journey.
“Like most of my scientist friends, I got hooked on science early by my outstanding 5th grade teacher. Developing the next generation of leaders in STEM is all about capturing the imagination of kids early and showing them how much fun science can be,” said Dr. Jeffrey Leiden, Chairman, President and CEO of Vertex. “We share a common goal with the Museum to make sure that every student in our community has the opportunity to participate in hands-on STEM activities and look forward to continuing our partnership to expand these programs to many more students.”
Past Stars of STEM honorees have included GE in 2018, MathWorks in 2017, The Deshpande Foundation and Google in 2016, Microsoft in 2015, Biogen Idec and the Biogen Idec Foundation in 2014, Liberty Mutual, Dr. Pendred Noyce and The Noyce Foundation in 2013, Governor Deval Patrick, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, and Intel in 2012, and Genzyme Corporation and Raytheon in 2011.
About the Museum of Science, Boston
One of the world's largest science centers and New England's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces more than 1.4 million visitors a year to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through the world-class hands-on exhibits, programs and pre-K-12 curricula of its William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center. An extraordinary variety of learning experiences span the Hall of Human Life, Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 4-D Theater, and Butterfly Garden. The Science Behind Pixar, created with Pixar Animation Studios, is touring internationally. The Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® has transformed STEM education nationally and internationally through advocacy, standards and assessment reforms, teacher professional development, and curriculum development. The Museum’s pre-K-12 curricula, including its award-winning Engineering is Elementary®, have reached an estimated 18 million students and 185,000 educators. Visit: http://www.mos.org.
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, Australia and Latin America. 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 nine years in a row.
For additional information and the latest updates from the company, please visit www.vrtx.com.
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