Calibrate, Inc. Supports “Team InterMune” Fundraising for Bike 4 Breath 2010

Calibrate donates to six-time sponsor of Bay Area charity bike ride to promote lung health.

Research Triangle Park, NC, July 08, 2010 --( Calibrate, Inc., a leading provider of on-site and mail-in pipette calibration services, today announced it will support InterMune as a corporate sponsor of Breathe California’s 19th annual Bike 4 Breath, a charity bike ride that helps raise funds to fight lung disease, advocate for clean air, and promote public health in the greater Bay Area. Bike 4 Breath is Breathe California’s largest and best attended fundraising event and will take place July 10 outside of the Life Technologies building in Foster City, California.

“InterMune has taken an active role in not only researching and developing innovative therapies in pulmonology, but also in helping to win the fight against lung disease. Over the last five years, InterMune has raised almost $300,000 in support of Breathe California’s education and advocacy efforts,” said Kyrus Caldwell, captain of “Team InterMune.” “We rely on the support of vendors like Calibrate, our business partners, and other friends in helping us reach this year’s fundraising goal of $50,000.”

“Calibrate is committed to supporting health-related programs and events that are important to our customers and stakeholders,” said Erin Lenhardt, director of marketing for Calibrate, Inc. “Team InterMune has gone above and beyond by helping with fundraising and providing riders and volunteers for Bike 4 Breath. Calibrate is proud to contribute to InterMune’s efforts knowing that lung health and disease prevention awareness is being spread effectively throughout the community.”

The event is expected to draw over 500 riders, including several well-known Bay Area residents who have been affected by lung disease such as “Team Second Wind” Captains Anabel and Isabel Stenzel, CBS5’s Roberta Gonzales, and KFOG Morning DJ Irish Greg. Bike 4 Breath features four routes on the San Francisco Peninsula ranging from a 10 mile route to a 62 mile route for advanced bikers. Riders are rewarded with scenic views and rest stops along the way and afterward can enjoy an EXPO area with music, food and other family-friendly activities.

“We are thrilled that InterMune has been a huge supporter of the Bike 4 Breath ride. Their efforts and contributions will help us continue to offer important local programs to educate kids about smoking, promote air quality issues, and assist those suffering from lung disease,” said Nicole Villanueva, special events manager at Breathe California. “This event is only as successful as the participation of our riders, donors, and volunteers so we could never do it without them.”

InterMune employees will be participating in the ride, volunteering, and collecting donations on the day of the event. To make a contribution online to Bike 4 Breath on behalf of InterMune’s team, visit the Pledge/Donate tab on the Bike 4 Breath website. Contributions are fully tax deductible and will be matched dollar-for-dollar by InterMune. For more information about Bike 4 Breath activities, course routes, and ways to get involved, please visit the Bike 4 Breath website.

About Breathe California

Breathe California is a non-profit organization that has worked to reduce the impact of lung disease through prevention, education, advocacy, and patient services since 1908. Breathe California offers programs and services that address critical lung health issues such as asthma, tobacco use, emphysema, lung cancer, air pollution and tuberculosis. For more information about Breathe California’s advocacy, programs, and events, visit the Breathe California website.

About InterMune

InterMune is a biotechnology company focused on the research, development and commercialization of innovative therapies in pulmonology and hepatology. InterMune has an R&D portfolio addressing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. The pulmonology portfolio includes pirfenidone for which InterMune has completed a Phase 3 program in patients with IPF (CAPACITY). A Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) is under review by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The hepatology portfolio includes the HCV protease inhibitor compound danoprevir (also known as RG7227 or ITMN-191, partnered by Roche) that entered Phase 2b in August 2009 and a second-generation HCV protease inhibitor research program. For additional information about InterMune and its R&D pipeline, please visit the InterMune website.

About Calibrate, Inc.

Calibrate, Inc. is the largest and oldest independent pipette calibration, repair, and documentation services provider in North America. ISO 17025 accredited by A2LA since 2004, Calibrate provides quality customer-driven services. Customers have the option of on-site or mail-in service and can choose between Six Levels of Service, each of which can be customized to meet specific needs. Visit the Calibrate, Inc. website or call 919-240-4089 for more information or to get a complimentary quote.

Calibrate, Inc.
Christine Pahl