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FCB Health Honored with Awareness Award at the 2017 COPD Foundation's Annual Awards Ceremony

Press Release - New York, 02 November 2017

The COPD Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to curing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), has honored FCB Health network with the COPD Awareness Award. Honorees selected have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the COPD Foundation’s mission of preventing and curing the disease and improving the lives of all those affected. The COPD Annual Awards Celebration was held on November 2, 2017, at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

The Foundation drives its mission through research, education and advocacy programs that will lead to prevention and, someday, a cure for this disease. The ceremony, hosted by COPD Foundation Board Chairman Dr. Byron Thomashow, pays tribute to individuals and organizations whose work has paved the way for COPD advocacy, research and community building in 2017.

“We reached a number of critical milestones: the launch of the first-ever COPD National Action Plan with NIH, the growth of our patient-led COPD Patient-Powered Research Network and COPD360social platforms, the expansion of our global initiatives, and so much more,” said Craig Kephart, CEO of the COPD Foundation. “As the year comes to a close, we want to emphasize our commitment to raising the patient voice in all arenas – whether it is research, advocacy or care delivery. We are proud to serve as the link between the various COPD community stakeholders, and we look forward to increasing the dialogue and deepening our collaborations as we advance our mission into the future.”

Honorees recognized at the Annual Awards include:

  • COPD Awareness Award: FCB Health
  • COPD Advocacy Award: Karen Deitemeyer
  • John W. Walsh Visionary Award: Gerard M. Turino, M.D.
  • Champion for COPD Award: Constance J. Milstein

As an advocate for COPD awareness, FCB Health was also recently honored with gold awards in the Branded Consumer Websites and Product Launch categories at the 2017 MM&M Awards for their work with Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) for Stiolto Respimat, an inhalation spray used in the treatment of COPD. The FCB Health team’s insight-driven creative work effectively conveyed the relief Stiolto’s treatment can give patients living with the chronic illness.

“FCB has long sought to provide our clients with insight-based, highly creative advertising focused on driving the success of their brands and products. And now to be able to do this for such a worthy cause as COPD is really an honor,” said Brendan Ryan, former CEO of FCB Worldwide.

Awardees come from the COPD patient and healthcare communities, media, research and policy/advocacy fields. The COPD Awareness Award recognizes individuals and organizations who have lent their creative and strategic assets to the COPD community in an effort to raise the public profile of the largely invisible disease.

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About FCB Health

FCB Health is one of the world’s most awarded communications networks, focused on creating game-changing marketing solutions for consumers, patients and healthcare professionals. With specialized units covering a wide range of wellness practices, FCB Health employs more than 1,500 people across an extensive global network, delivering multichannel capabilities that include DTC and HCP communications, professional education, branding, scientific services, strategic planning and media services. Its integrated agency offering includes Area 23, Neon, FCBCURE, FCB Halesway, ICC, ProHealth, Hudson Global, Trio, Mosaic Group and FCBVio. The FCB Health network was named “Agency of the Year” by Med Ad News in 2006, 2009, 2015 and 2017, and by Medical Marketing & Media in 2007, 2010, 2015 and 2017. In seven of the past eight years, an FCB Health company has received “Most Creative Agency” honors, and its Area 23 unit was named “Healthcare Agency of the Year” in 2017 by Cannes Lions, the world’s preeminent annual creative awards festival.


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