Vertex has initial success in new diabetes project

Remarkably positive insulin results have arrived from Vertex's first patient in the phase I/II trial of its stem cell therapy against type 1 diabetes.

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The results from the first patient to receive Vertex's treatment for type 1 diabetes, VX-880, a therapy derived from stem cells, have been a cause for celebration for the Boston-based biotech company, it reports in a press release.

The patient's need for daily insulin doses has drastically decreased after they were injected with Vertex's synthetic insulin-producing cell therapy in combination with an immunosuppressive therapy.

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