About the COPD Foundation

The COPD Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization created in 2004, with offices in Washington, D.C. and Miami, FL.

The COPD Foundation was established to speed innovations which will make treatment more effective and affordable, to undertake initiatives that result in expanded services for COPD patients, and improve the lives of patients with COPD and related disorders (through scientific research, education & awareness) that will lead to prevention and a stop in the progression of COPD.

COPD, Bronchiectasis and NTM Lung Disease

The prevalence of Bronchiectasis in patients with COPD is high, especially in advanced stages of COPD. Additionally, the incidence and prevalence of NTM lung disease continues to increase in the U.S. with a significant overlap between COPD and NTM (52% of NTM diagnosis in a US healthcare survey had COPD, 37% had bronchiectasis) as reported by Winthrop et al. in February 2020 Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

In an effort to meet the needs of the Bronchiectasis and NTM communities, the COPD Foundation has created the Bronchiectasis and NTM Initiative, which comprises of BronchandNTM360social, educational information and materials, and research programs such as the Bronchiectasis and NTM Research Registry.


The COPD Foundation COPD360° framework mobilizes partnerships between patients, caregivers, health care professionals, researchers, academic institutions, government agencies and industry leaders with a common mission of preventing COPD and related lung disorders including Bronchiectasis and NTM lung disease, improving the lives of those affected and stopping the progression of disease.

Partnership with NTM Info & Research

The COPD Foundation partners with NTM Info & Research (NTMir) on programs of the Bronchiectasis and NTM Initiative. NTMir is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated specifically to nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease for the purposes of patient support, medical education and research. In addition to its website and printed resources for patients, healthcare professionals and researchers, NTMir engages in advocacy and medical education, and assists in recruiting for clinical trials and studies.

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