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Abbott Testifies Before U.S. Congress on Role of Private Sector in Advancing Science Education
Date:7/30/2009

WASHINGTON, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- In a hearing today of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Research and Science Education, part of the larger Committee on Science and Technology, Abbott (NYSE: ABT) testified on its contributions as a private sector company in a multi-stakeholder, systems approach to improving kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

"At Abbott, we believe that one of the most valuable contributions we can make is providing students with access to our research and development facilities and our scientists, who engage one-on-one with students," said Kathy Pickus, division vice president, Global Citizenship and Policy, Abbott, and vice president, the Abbott Fund. "Some of today's science and engineering students will grow up to become the inventors and innovators of tomorrow's medicines and medical devices."

Abbott's Approach to Advancing Science Education

Abbott supports numerous approaches to encourage young people's interest in science and innovation. Abbott employees actively volunteer their time and share their passion for science through community schools and programs. The Abbott Fund, Abbott's non-profit philanthropic foundation, has contributed $23 million during the last five years in the U.S. in support of programs that advance STEM education at the K-12 and collegiate levels in the Chicago area, as well as in other Abbott communities.

In her testimony, Pickus explained that Abbott's approach involves supporting programs that are:

  • Built around strong partnerships, with existing educational organizations with proven records of success, such as After School Matters, which helps teens take part in engaging activ
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