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Abbott Donates Diagnostic Instruments As Part of the 'Labs Are Vital(TM)' Initiative
Date:7/30/2008

WASHINGTON, July 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Abbott today announced the recipients of the Labs Are Vital(TM) instrument donation program today at the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Meeting.

Recipients were Northern Michigan University, Marquette Mich.; University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nev.; University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt., Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, Reading Area Community College, Reading, Penn., Southeastern Community College, Whiteville, N.C.; and Western Technical College, LaCrosse, Wis.

Donated instruments included Abbott's AxSYM(R) automated immunoassay analyzer, CELL-DYN(R) hematology instruments and the i-STAT(R) hand-held point-of-care system.

To date, Abbott has donated more than $3 million in instruments, reagents and service to accredited clinical laboratory education programs across the country. Fifty educational programs, impacting 3,000 students in 29 states within the U.S., received state-of-the-art equipment including immunoassay analyzers, hematology systems, and handheld point-of-care diagnostic instruments.

About Labs Are Vital(TM)

"Labs Are Vital(TM)" is a multi-pronged, multi-year global education and awareness initiative designed to highlight the critical role that laboratory professionals play in health care and to address the issues facing laboratories today. The program -- which includes a public awareness campaign, an instrument donation program and a variety of web-based resources for laboratory professionals -- focuses attention on the life-saving work medical laboratory scientists provide in diagnosing disease and improving health outcomes. For more information on the "Labs are Vital(TM)" program, please visit http://www.labsarevital.com.

The AACC Annual Meeting is a global meeting that attracts nearly 20,000 attendees from more than 100 countries.

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