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Labs Are Vital(TM) Announces Winners of 2009 National Video Contest to Highlight Careers in Lab Sciences
Date:7/21/2009

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Labs Are Vital 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, advocate development initiatives and a variety of Web-based resources for laboratory professionals with almost 7,000 registered supporters in the United States, focuses attention on the life-saving work medical laboratory scientists provide that aid in diagnosing disease and improving health outcomes.

Labs Are Vital also continued its commitment to help prepare students for careers in clinical laboratory science by maintaining donated diagnostic instruments, supplies and service for 50 clinical laboratory education programs across the United States.

For more information on Labs are Vital, or to view the winning videos, visit www.labsarevital.com.

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Abbott Diagnostics is a global leader in in vitro diagnostics and offers a broad range of innovative instrument systems and tests for hospitals, reference labs, blood banks, physician offices and clinics. With more than 69,000 institutional customers in more than 100 countries, Abbott's diagnostic products offer customers automation, convenience, cost effectiveness and flexibility. Abbott has helped transform the practice of medical diagnostics from an art to a science through the company's commitment to improving patient care and lowering overall costs. The history of Abbott Diagnostics is filled with examples of first-of-a-kind products and significant technological advancements, including the development of the very first diagnostic test to detect HIV.

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