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Abbott: The Global Fight Begins Here

For Mary Rodgers, an Abbott senior scientist who spends her work life hunting viruses as part of the company's diagnostics business, it's her calling to do her part to keep the world's blood supply safe.

Who are the Virus Hunters? It's a fun way to describe a serious job. These are our scientists who work to identify, catalog, track and test mutating strains of HIV, hepatitis viruses, and other bugs.


For Mary Rodgers, an Abbott (No. 10 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) senior scientist who spends her work life hunting viruses as part of the company's diagnostics business, it's her calling to do her part to keep the world's blood supply safe.

She does that as a member of Abbott's Global Surveillance Program, built on a one-of-a-kind collection of HIV and hepatitis virus strains from around the world. It includes more than 60,000 samples collected over 20 years from 40 countries on six continents. If a new strain is discovered, our scientists make sure that our blood screening and diagnostic tests can detect it. And this is important, considering that Abbott tests are used to screen more than half of the world's blood supply.

That program in turn helps further the capabilities of many of Abbott's diagnostics tools. Because if a virus can't be found in testing, it can't be treated. That's how outbreaks happen.

"It's not easy to tackle new viral threats as they occur in real-time," said John R. Hackett, Jr., Ph.D., divisional vice president, Applied Research and Technology, for Abbott's diagnostics business. "With diagnostics and ongoing vigilance, we're getting better at rapidly identifying the cause of these outbreaks, which could lead to quicker response and better treatment."

The battle is constant. Viruses are always evolving. It's their fight for survival as much as humanity's.

"We need to stay on top of current epidemics like HIV, HCV, HBV. And part of what's involved in that is understanding (genetic) sequences, because as these viruses evolve, the means of detecting them has to keep pace," said Michael Berg, an Abbott senior scientist who works on the new virus discovery program and with Rodgers and Hackett on the global surveillance program.

Abbott's Diagnostic portfolio is a leader in the industry, in part because of the range of accurate tests our devices have the capability to execute. Our instruments and tests screen more of the world's blood than any other company.

Because, as Hackett rightly points out, "How far do we go to ensure that there is a safe blood supply? I'm always sitting there thinking, 'You never know. You never know who's going to need it.'"

We're doing our part to accurately, precisely track and test for these deadly viruses, to speed treatment development and patient care.

The global fight starts here. We are The Virus Hunters.

Abbott: Top Internship for Healthcare and Tech

Interns have spoken: Abbott is the top college internship program for healthcare and tech & engineering.

Originally Published by Abbott.

Abbott recognizes the need to develop its future leaders early, and has been named the top healthcare and tech & engineering internship program by Vault.

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New Study Shows Abbott's Novel Diagnostic Test Could Help Rule Out Heart Attacks Earlier

Preliminary research indicates that a diagnostic test currently in development, that is done at the patient's side in minutes, has similar accuracy to a high-sensitive troponin test for early rule out of a heart attack .

Originally Published by Abbott.

For someone experiencing cardiac symptoms in the emergency room, every minute matters as physicians determine whether someone is having a heart attack. New data, published online in JAMA Cardiology, found a new blood test under development that is done right at the patient's side in as little as 15 minutes could identify nearly three-fifths (56.7 percent) of people at low-risk of experiencing a heart attack, similar to the results of a High Sensitive Troponin-I blood test done in the laboratory setting.

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Abbott: Partnering for a Healthier Future

Abbott supports the First Ladies of Africa in the fight to end AIDS in children and keep mothers healthy.

Originally Published by Abbott.

In countries around the world, Abbott is working across its businesses and in partnerships with others to create healthier futures for families. One example: since 2014, Abbott's diagnostics business has supported the work of the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA – pictured above) to fight the AIDS epidemic in Africa, particularly among pregnant women and children – who are among the most vulnerable populations impacted by the disease.

At an OAFLA meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York City, Abbott and several other organizations are being recognized by OAFLA for longstanding partnership and support, including public-private partnerships that bring together technical, financial and other resources to focus on a global health challenge such as HIV/AIDS.

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Abbott: DRG Stimulator, A Life Changing Technology for Chronic Pain.

The new technological DRG therapy may be the key to easing daily tasks for those with chronic pain.

Originally Published by Abbott.

Living with chronic pain affects not just your body but also your mind. It can make getting around and getting along equally difficult.

But with innovation in health technology comes hope. Abbott has developed a new device found to be more effective than traditional therapy at relieving chronic pain.

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Abbott: Expediting Blood Testing With i-Stat

The portable, handheld i-STAT Alinity delivers quick blood test results anywhere you are.

Originally Published by Abbott.

Every day, countless blood samples are tested all around the world for one purpose: to help diagnose and treat medical conditions. From the couple eagerly awaiting the results of a pregnancy blood test to a worried cancer patient hoping for more answers, diagnostic blood tests give vital insight into what's happening underneath the skin.

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Abbott: Freestyle Libre 14 Day, Now FDA Approved

Abbott's flash glucose monitor now FDA-approved for two weeks of use in U.S. between sensor changes.

Originally Published by Abbott.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved FreeStyle Libre 14 day— Abbott's revolutionary continuous glucose monitoring system. In the U.S., you can wear the sensor up to 14 days with high accuracy.

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At Abbott, You Look Like An Engineer

Decades before #ILookLikeAnEngineer, Abbott paved the way for a non-profit dedicated to diversity in STEM.

Originally Published by Abbott.

#ILookLikeAnEngineer.

Remember this? A few years ago, a young software engineer was featured in a recruiting advertisement, only to be accused of not being an actual engineer. Frustrated with the assertion, Isis Wenger started a movement to break the stereotype of what an engineer should look like.

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Abbott Receives FDA Approval for Next-Generation MitraClip Device to Treat People with Leaky Heart Valves

MitraClip is the gold-standard minimally invasive alternative to open-heart surgery for people needing mitral valve repair.

Originally Published by Abbott.

Abbott announced it received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a next-generation version of its leading MitraClip® heart valve repair device used to repair a leaky mitral valve without open-heart surgery. The transcatheter clip-based therapy, now on a third generation of product innovations, has been used to treat more than 65,000 patients worldwide over the last ten years.

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