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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Announces Aptalis Pharma as Title Sponsor of its Premier Cycling Event for 2011

July 6, 2011

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation today announced that Aptalis Pharma will be the 2011 national title sponsor for its premier cycle series — Aptalis CF Cycle for Life.

The event features one-day bike tours held in 46 U.S. cities throughout the summer and fall. Thousands of cyclists will come together to raise money to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis, a rare and fatal genetic disease.

Aptalis is the new name of a company formed from the merger of Axcan Pharma and Eurand. Its sponsorship includes a donation that supports vital cystic fibrosis programs and research.

“Aptalis is proud to once again sponsor the CF Cycle for Life, as we did in 2010,” said Ruth Thieroff-Ekerdt, M.D., chief medical officer of Aptalis Pharma. “This is a great event that affords cyclists with all levels of expertise, from all over the U.S., the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of an outstanding one-day tour while raising funds and awareness for a very worthy cause.”

Last year’s inaugural CF Cycle for Life raised nearly $1 million, with approximately 1,000 cyclists participating.

“The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is grateful to Aptalis for its generosity in sponsoring CF Cycle for Life for the second consecutive year,” said Robert J. Beall, Ph.D., president and CEO of the CF Foundation. “Because of the support and commitment of partners like Aptalis, the CF Foundation is achieving significant milestones in the fight against CF and bringing us closer to the goal of one day having a cure for this terrible disease.”

The cycling event has expanded to an additional 29 cities, including Jacksonville, Brooklyn, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. Other major cities returning this year include Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. For more information on tour locations or other details, visit

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau.