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Abbott Honored as One of The Deal's Most Admired Corporate Dealmakers
Date:11/12/2008

ts leadership position in diabetes care with the purchase of TheraSense.

"Abbott has taken a deliberate approach to acquisitions, identifying and pursuing transactions that either complement our existing portfolio or allow us to enter new innovation-driven markets with leadership potential," said Miles D. White (http://tinyurl.com/5fa29a), chairman and chief executive officer, Abbott. "This strategic approach, combined with our internal R&D efforts, has enabled Abbott to consistently deliver industry-leading performance and generate double-digit returns for our shareholders."

The Deal's readers rated Abbott best on all four of its award criteria: choice of targets and strategy; price paid (or received) compared to value; execution, including integration; and overall quality of the deal team. Companies considered for the survey have a market capitalization of $5 billion or more as of June 30, 2008, and closed the highest number and dollar value of acquisitions and divestitures in the past three years.

About Abbott

Abbott (NYSE: ABT) is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs more than 68,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.

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