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DRIVE4COPD is a multi-year public health initiative to screen the millions of people who may be at risk for COPD. COPD affects 24 million individuals in the US, but over half of those people remain undiagnosed. Sponsors and Partners of the DRIVE4COPD campaign are working with the COPD Foundation to create awareness and find the missing millions!

DRIVE4COPD was launched by its Founding Sponsor, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in 2010. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc group, one of the world's 20 leading pharmaceutical companies, has a strong history in helping people with lung diseases. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 138 affiliates in 47 countries and approximately 41,300 employees. Since it was founded in 1885, the family-owned company has been committed to researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing novel products of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine.

Since 2010, the COPD Foundation has been working as a partner on the DRIVE4COPD with Boehringer Ingelheim, along with several other organizations interested in helping identify and improve the lives of people with COPD.

In 2012, the COPD Foundation took the lead of the DRIVE4COPD campaign. Boehringer Ingelheim will continue as a founding sponsor and financial contributor to DRIVE4COPD as the campaign shifts its focus to include not only screenings but also continued sharing of health-related information with those at risk.

“We're honored that the campaign organizations, most especially Boehringer Ingelheim, felt that the COPD Foundation's established credibility and proven performance in implementing programs to support COPD education, awareness and research uniquely qualified us to lead DRIVE4COPD,” says John Walsh, president and co-founder of the COPD Foundation.“I view this as an incredible opportunity to vastly expand COPD awareness to identify the millions of Americans that remain undiagnosed and make certain that they have access to the support and education needed to improve their lives.”

Through continuing relationships with US businesses, the COPD Foundation hopes to increase awareness among employees, families and health care providers about COPD and its potential for prevention, early identification and treatment.

If you are interested in partnering with DRIVE4COPD, please contact Sara Latham, DRIVE4COPD campaign director at or click here to request more information.


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