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Abbott recoignized as top employer in industry

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LIBERTYVILLE TOWNSHIP -- Abbott Laboratories was named one of the Top 20 Employers by the journal Science.

Based on the views of working scientists, the annual survey identifies the most respected employers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry.

Abbott ranked 15 overall, receiving high marks for important, quality research, social responsibility and employee loyalty. The complete rankings are available online and in the Oct. 19, 2012 issue of Science. This is the ninth time Abbott has been ranked among the top companies in the survey.

"Scientific innovation is the driving force behind Abbott's mission to discover new ways to help patients manage their health," said John Leonard, M.D., senior vice president, Pharmaceuticals, Research and Development at Abbott. "We strive to create an environment that values invention, creativity and collaboration, which helps top scientists to conduct important work while building interesting and meaningful careers at Abbott. We are honored by this recognition from the scientific community as a benchmark of our success."

Scientists working at Abbott are given opportunities to succeed, lead and grow in their careers through training, mentoring, networking groups and development programs. In addition, a number of internal recognition efforts, including chairman's awards, president's awards and patent/inventor awards, work to highlight scientific excellence and contribution throughout the company.

The company recognizes its most distinguished scientists and engineers with induction into the Volwiler Society. Established in 1985 and named for the late Ernest H. Volwiler, Ph.D., an internationally recognized scientist and former Abbott president and chairman of the board, the society encourages professional growth, and is meant to spur, recognize and showcase scientific innovation at Abbott. Each year, the Volwiler Society issues "Outstanding Research" awards to the Abbott scientists and teams who have made significant contributions to their fields.

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