Abbott Reports 17.4 Percent Sales Growth and 12.3 Percent Ongoing Earnings-Per-Share Growth in First Quarter

April 20, 2011

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

  • Diluted earnings per share, excluding specified items, were $0.91, reflecting 12.3 percent growth. Diluted earnings per share under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) were $0.55, including costs associated with acquisition integration, cost-reduction initiatives and acquired in-process R&D.
  • Worldwide sales increased 17.4 percent to more than $9 billion, including a favorable 1.3 percent effect of foreign exchange, which was driven by double-digit growth in each of Abbott’s three major business categories.
  • Durable Growth Business sales increased 24.3 percent, driven by strong Established Pharmaceuticals sales growth, including the contribution from the Solvay Pharmaceuticals and Piramal Healthcare Solutions acquisitions, and International Nutritionals sales growth of 15.8 percent.
  • Proprietary Pharmaceuticals sales increased 11.7 percent, including strong performance across several major global brands.
  • Innovation-Driven Device Business sales increased 10.7 percent, driven by double-digit growth in Vascular and Molecular Diagnostics.
  • Emerging markets sales were $2.3 billion, up 38.4 percent from the prior year, with strong growth across all of Abbott’s operating divisions and including the impact of acquisitions.
  • Abbott is confirming ongoing earnings-per-share guidance for the full-year 2011, reflecting double-digit growth over 2010 at the midpoint of the range.

“Stronger-than-expected sales helped us deliver 12 percent ongoing earnings-per-share growth in the first quarter,” said Miles White, chairman and chief executive officer. “Growth was balanced across our three key strategic business categories – Durable Growth, Proprietary Pharmaceuticals and Innovation-Driven Devices, reflecting healthy performance across our global operations, including continued rapid growth in emerging markets.”

The following is a summary of first-quarter 2011 sales by major business category.

                                                           % Change vs. 1Q10
                                    Sales ($ in millions)
                                    U.S.  Int'l     Total   U.S.
                                    ----  -----     -----   ----

    Total Sales                     3,517 5,524      9,041    8.1
                                    ----- -----      -----

    Durable Growth:

        Nutritionals                  637   786      1,423   (0.8)

         Pharmaceuticals(a)            -- 1,295      1,295  n/a

        Core Laboratory Diagnostics   154   659        813    4.6

        Diabetes Care                 129   196        325    5.3

        Point of Care Diagnostics      55    16         71    6.5
                                      ---   ---        ---

           Subtotal                   975 2,952      3,927    1.2
                                      --- -----      -----

    Proprietary Pharmaceuticals     1,926 1,857      3,783   12.7
                                    ----- -----      -----

    Innovation Driven Devices:

        Vascular                      389   456        845   (6.0)

        Medical Optics                 99   169        268   (2.0)

        Molecular Diagnostics          45    54         99    2.0
                                      ---   ---        ---

           Subtotal                   533   679      1,212   (4.7)
                                      ---   ---      -----

    Other Sales(b)                     83    36        119  n/m
                                      ---   ---        ---

                                      % Change vs. 1Q10
                                          Int'l                Total
                                          -----                -----
                                    Operational Reported Operational Reported
                                    ----------- -------- ----------- --------

    Total Sales                            22.1     24.3        16.1     17.4

    Durable Growth:

        Nutritionals                       11.9     15.8         5.8      7.8

         Pharmaceuticals(a)                77.8     80.7        77.8     80.7

        Core Laboratory Diagnostics         5.4      7.1         5.2      6.6

        Diabetes Care                      12.4     13.9         9.4     10.3

        Point of Care Diagnostics          12.4     14.9         7.8      8.3

           Subtotal                        31.7     34.4        22.4     24.3

    Proprietary Pharmaceuticals             9.7     10.7        11.2     11.7

    Innovation Driven Devices:

        Vascular                           33.4     36.9        11.5     13.1

        Medical Optics                      1.4      5.6         0.1      2.7

        Molecular Diagnostics              24.7     25.5        13.1     13.5

           Subtotal                        23.1     26.6         9.0     10.7

    Other Sales(b)                          4.5      4.0     n/m        n/m

             1) See "Consolidated Statement of Earnings" for more
    Notes:   information.
             2) "Operational" growth reflects percentage change over the
             prior year excluding the impact of exchange rates.

    (a) Established Pharmaceuticals includes sales of branded generics
     outside of the United States.
    (b) Includes sales primarily from Contract Pharmaceutical
     Manufacturing and Animal Health.

    n/a = Not applicable
    n/m = Not meaningful

The following is a summary of first-quarter 2011 sales for select products.

                                                   % Change vs. 1Q10
                                  Sales ($ in
                            U.S.  Int'l     Total   U.S.
                            ----  -----     -----   ----

     HUMIRA                  630  1,016      1,646    16.2

     Pediatric Nutritionals  309    446        755    (0.1)

     Adult Nutritionals      324    340        664     1.9

     Coronary Stents         235    289        524    (9.9)

      (fenofibrate)          289     83        372     3.8

     Kaletra                  64    184        248   (10.4)

     Niaspan                 226     --        226    10.6

     Lupron                  119     65        184    10.7

     Synthroid               117     28        145    19.1

                                  % Change vs. 1Q10
                                     Int'l                    Total
                                     -----                    -----
                            Operational  Reported  Operational  Reported
                            -----------  --------  -----------  --------

     HUMIRA                        18.5      18.9         17.6      17.8

     Pediatric Nutritionals        10.2      14.1          5.6       7.8

     Adult Nutritionals            14.3      18.2          7.7       9.6

     Coronary Stents               43.7      49.0         13.0      15.3

      (fenofibrate)             n/m         n/m           27.8      27.7

     Kaletra                      (16.7)    (16.5)       (15.2)    (15.0)

     Niaspan                    n/a         n/a           10.6      10.6

     Lupron                        (1.7)      1.0          6.1       7.1

     Synthroid                      4.9      11.5         16.2      17.5

             1) See "Consolidated Statement of Earnings" for more
    Notes:   information.
             2) "Operational" growth reflects percentage change
             over the prior year excluding the impact of exchange

    n/a = Not applicable
    n/m = Not meaningful

    Business Highlights

           Presented Data at the American College of Cardiology's (ACC)
           Meeting:  Presented late-breaking two-year data from the
           EVEREST II clinical trial, demonstrating that two years after
           treatment with Abbott's MitraClip system, patients with
           significant mitral regurgitation continue to demonstrate
           sustained clinical improvements versus surgery. Data from the
           study were also simultaneously published in the New England
    --     Journal of Medicine.

      Presented one-year clinical and imaging data for the ABSORB(TM)
       bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS), which demonstrated low major
       adverse cardiac events (MACE), no blood clots and low late loss.
       ABSORB is designed to slowly metabolize and eventually be absorbed
       by the body after providing support to the vessel during the healing

      The XIENCE V(R) Everolimus Eluting Coronary Stent System was featured
       in a pooled analysis of two-year data from the SPIRIT II, III, IV
       and COMPARE trials. Data from the 7,000-patient analysis
       demonstrate that use of XIENCE V results in significantly lower
       clinical event rates following a stent procedure. An independent
       analysis also confirmed XIENCE V's low late stent thrombosis rate of
       0.7 percent.
           Presented Data at the European Association for the Study of the
           Liver (EASL) Meeting:  Phase 2 results were presented at the
           EASL meeting for Abbott's protease inhibitor, ABT-450, which
           demonstrated that 92 percent of patients (22 of 24) taking ABT-
           450/r once daily, in combination with standard of care, achieved
    --     complete early virologic response at 12 weeks.
           Announced Positive Decision of HUMIRA(R) Appeal:  Abbott won its
           appeal to overturn a $1.67 billion jury verdict previously won
           by Johnson and Johnson related to HUMIRA. The Federal Appeals
           Court found that J&J's patent failed to describe fully human
      --   high-affinity anti-TNF antibodies.
           Abbott's TREK(R) Coronary Balloon System Now Available in the
           United States and Japan:  Received approval in the United States
           and Japan for TREK and MINI-TREK(TM) Coronary Dilatation Catheters
           for the treatment of coronary artery disease. The TREK system is
           used in angioplasty procedures and is designed to enable
           interventional cardiologists to open patients' narrowed coronary
           arteries. The TREK system received CE Mark and was launched in
      --   Europe in May 2010.
           Introduced Biothreat Assay for PLEX-ID(TM) System:  Introduced the
           PLEX-ID Biothreat Assay, which is designed to detect and
           distinguish 17 different biothreat pathogens. This non-clinical
           assay enables rapid and accurate detection of potentially
           dangerous microorganisms that could pose serious threats to
      --   human health, food, water and other resources.
           Launched Three CE Marked Molecular Diagnostics Tests in Europe:
           Launched three new infectious disease assays for the m2000
           molecular diagnostics platform in Europe. Abbott's new
           qualitative HIV-1 assay expands the way caregivers can collect
           and test patient samples. The company's new CMV assay will help
           physicians monitor for a virus common in transplant recipients.
           And, Abbott's HBV Sequencing test identifies genomic sequences
      --   of the hepatitis B virus to help better monitor and treat HBV.
           Introduced New Wireless i-STAT(R)  System:  Received FDA clearance
           for the i-STAT 1 Wireless handheld, a new wireless version of
           the i-STAT point of care testing system. The new handheld
           analyzer allows real time transmission of diagnostic test
      --   results directly from the patient bedside.

Abbott confirms ongoing earnings-per-share outlook for 2011

Abbott is confirming ongoing earnings-per-share guidance for the full-year 2011 of $4.54 to $4.64. The midpoint of this guidance range reflects growth of 10 percent over 2010.

Abbott forecasts specified items for the full-year 2011 of approximately $0.84 per share, primarily associated with acquisition integration/cost reduction initiatives and in-process R&D. Including these specified items, projected earnings per share under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) would be $3.70 to $3.80 for the full-year 2011.

Abbott declares quarterly dividend

On Feb. 18, 2011, the board of directors of Abbott declared the company’s quarterly common dividend of 48 cents per share, an increase of 9 percent over the prior year. The cash dividend is payable May 15, 2011, to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 14, 2011. This marks the 349th consecutive dividend paid by Abbott since 1924.

About Abbott

Abbott 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 nearly 90,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.

Abbott’s news releases and other information are available on the company’s Web site at www.abbott.com. Abbott will webcast its live first-quarter earnings conference call through its Investor Relations Web site at www.abbottinvestor.com at 8 a.m. Central time today. An archived edition of the call will be available after 11 a.m. Central time.

Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 –

A Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Some statements in this news release may be forward-looking statements for purposes of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Abbott cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Economic, competitive, governmental, technological and other factors that may affect Abbott’s operations are discussed in Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” to our Annual Report on Securities and Exchange Commission Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2010, and are incorporated by reference. Abbott undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to forward-looking statements as a result of subsequent events or developments.

                         Abbott Laboratories and Subsidiaries
                          Consolidated Statement of Earnings
                      First Quarter Ended March 31, 2011 and 2010
                         (in millions, except per share data)
                                                   2011    2010  % Change
                                                   ----    ----  --------

    Net Sales                                    $9,041  $7,698      17.4
                                                 ------  ------

    Cost of products sold                         3,859   3,335      15.7  1)
    Research and development                        930     730      27.4
    Acquired in-process research and development    100      --     n/m
    Selling, general and administrative           2,851   2,162      31.8
                                                  -----   -----
    Total Operating Cost and Expenses             7,740   6,227      24.3
                                                  -----   -----

    Operating earnings                            1,301   1,471     (11.5)

    Net interest expense                            124      89      39.7
    Net foreign exchange (gain) loss                (33)     70     n/m    2)
    Other (income) expense, net                     141     (10)    n/m    3)
                                                    ---     ---
    Earnings before taxes                         1,069   1,322     (19.2)
    Taxes on earnings                               205     319     (35.8)
                                                    ---     ---
    Net Earnings                                   $864  $1,003     (13.9)
                                                   ====  ======

    Net Earnings Excluding Specified Items, as
     described below                             $1,419  $1,267      12.0  4)
                                                 ======  ======

    Diluted Earnings per Common Share             $0.55   $0.64     (14.1)
                                                  =====   =====

    Diluted Earnings Per Common Share, Excluding
     Specified Items,
      as described below                          $0.91   $0.81      12.3  4)
                                                  =====   =====

    Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding
     Plus Dilutive
         Common Stock Options and Awards          1,559   1,561

           2011 Cost of products sold includes approximately $400
    1)     million of non-cash intangible amortization.

           2010 Net foreign exchange (gain) loss included the one-
           time cost of the devaluation of the Venezuelan bolivar
    2)     on balance sheet translation.

           Other (income) expense, net for 2011 includes a charge
           of $137 million for the impact of Abbott's change to a
           calendar year end for the international operations
           that were previously reported on a November 30 year-
           end. This is being treated as a specified item as
    3)     noted below.

           2011 Net Earnings Excluding Specified Items excludes
           after-tax charges of $81 million, or $0.05 per share,
           associated with the acquisition of Solvay
           Pharmaceuticals, $103 million, or $0.07 per share, for
           previously announced restructuring in the
           pharmaceutical business, $58 million, or $0.04 per
           share, for previously announced cost reduction
           initiatives and other, $137 million, or $0.09 per
           share for the 2009 and 2010 impact of the change to a
           calendar year end for international operations, $100
           million, or $0.06 per share, relating to acquired in-
           process research and development related to the Reata
           collaboration, and $76 million, or $0.05, for
    4)     litigation reserves.

      2010 Net Earnings Excluding Specified Items excludes after-
       tax charges of $115 million, or $0.07 per share, for the
       one-time impact of the devaluation of the Venezuelan
       bolivar on balance sheet translation, $60 million, or
       $0.04 per share, for specific health care reform impact on
       deferred tax assets, $53 million, or $0.04 per share,
       relating primarily to closing and other costs associated
       with the acquisition of Solvay and other recent
       acquisitions, and $36 million, or $0.02 per share, for
       cost reduction initiatives and other.

    NOTE: See attached questions and answers section for
     further explanation of Consolidated Statement of Earnings
     line items.

    n/m = Percent change is not meaningful.

Questions & Answers

Q1) What drove the strong sales growth?

A1) We have characterized Abbott’s major businesses into three categories, based on their underlying attributes. These include:

  • Durable Growth Businesses, including Nutritionals, Established Pharmaceuticals, Core Laboratory Diagnostics, Diabetes Care and Point of Care Diagnostics. These businesses are less dependent on significant R&D investment, have minimal patent risk, and operate in generally stable markets, with many products paid for directly by the consumer.
  • Proprietary Pharmaceuticals, including our U.S. and international proprietary pharmaceutical products. We recently globalized this business, creating one division to allow for streamlined commercial efforts and coordination between functions.
  • Innovation-Driven Device Businesses, including Vascular, Medical Optics and Molecular Diagnostics. These businesses have a relatively lower patent risk, and require a moderate level of R&D spend, resulting in new products that generate more significant revenue and profit contribution.

Durable Growth Businesses sales grew 24.3 percent, driven by strong sales growth in Established Pharmaceuticals and steady sales growth in Core Laboratory Diagnostics, Diabetes Care and Point of Care Diagnostics businesses. Established Pharmaceuticals sales, which include sales of our branded generics pharmaceuticals outside of the United States, were approximately $1.3 billion, including the contribution from the Solvay and Piramal acquisitions. Worldwide Nutritional products sales growth was 7.8 percent, with 15.8 percent growth in international nutritionals. Nutritional sales in the United States during the quarter were negatively impacted by the infant nutrition recall that was announced in September 2010, as previously forecasted.

Proprietary Pharmaceuticals sales increased 11.7 percent, driven by U.S. pharmaceutical sales growth of 12.7 percent. U.S. sales growth of HUMIRA was 16.2 percent and International sales growth for HUMIRA was 18.9 percent. U.S. TRILIPIX/TriCor franchise sales growth was 3.8 percent. U.S. Niaspan sales growth of 10.6 percent significantly exceeded the growth rate of the overall cholesterol market.

Growth in Innovation-Driven Device Businesses was driven by double-digit growth in Worldwide Vascular sales, including strong international performance, as well as emerging market growth of 45 percent. Abbott’s Molecular Diagnostics businesses continued to grow double digits.

Q2) What were emerging markets sales?

A2) Emerging market sales within each division were as follows (dollars in millions):

                               1Q11 Emerging
                              Markets Sales*
                           Reported      %
                             Sales    Growth
                             -----    ------
     Pharmaceuticals           $726     117.4
    Nutritionals               $589      18.3
     Pharmaceuticals           $422      21.1
    Core Laboratory
     Diagnostics               $310      12.8
    Vascular                   $144      45.0
    Other                      $157      10.7
                               ----      ----
    Total                    $2,348      38.4

         Emerging markets sales include
         revenues from all countries and
         regions excluding the developed
         world: United States, Canada, Western
    *    Europe, Japan and Australia.

Abbott total company emerging markets sales grew 38.4 percent in the quarter, reflecting strong growth across all divisions and including the impact of acquisitions. Excluding the impact of the acquisitions, emerging markets sales growth exceeded 20 percent, underscoring the importance of these markets to Abbott’s growth profile. In our Established Pharmaceuticals business, which includes the contribution from the Solvay and Piramal acquisitions, we saw strong performance in Russia, India and China. In Nutritionals, we saw particularly strong growth in Asia and Latin America, where we are expanding our presence and gaining share with the introduction of new products.

In our Diagnostics business, we continue to perform well in China, where we are placing new ARCHITECT systems and continuing to penetrate the market. And, in our Vascular business, we saw strong growth across all key emerging markets, driven by double-digit procedure volumes in these markets, as well as Abbott market share gains.

Q3) What drove the increase in the gross margin ratio?

A3) The gross margin ratio before and after specified items is shown below (dollars in millions):

                                               Cost of     Gross     Gross
                                               -------     -----     -----
                                               Products   Margin    Margin
                                               --------   ------    ------
                                                 Sold                  %
                                                 ----                 ---
    As reported (GAAP)                           $3,859    $5,182      57.3%
    Adjusted for specified item:
    Restructuring/integration (acquisitions/
     cost reductions)                             ($107)     $107       1.2%
    As adjusted                                  $3,752    $5,289      58.5%
                                                 ------    ------      ----

The adjusted gross margin ratio of 58.5 percent increased 110 basis points from the prior year when the adjusted gross margin ratio was 57.4 percent, due to improved product mix. The favorable comparison to the prior year was partially offset by additional rebates under U.S. health care reform, the carryover effect of 2010 pharmaceutical pricing actions by European governments, and an unfavorable impact from foreign exchange rates on the ratio.

Q4) What drove SG&A and R&D investment?

A4) Both SG&A and R&D investment increased strong double-digits, reflecting Abbott’s continued investment in programs to drive future growth, as well as increases associated with the addition of Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Piramal Healthcare Solutions and pharmaceutical fee associated with U.S. health care reform. R&D expense reflects continued investment in Abbott’s broad-based pipeline, including programs in vascular devices, immunology, neuroscience, oncology and HCV.

Q5) What was the tax rate?

A5) The ongoing tax rate this quarter was 15.7 percent, in line with Abbott’s previous forecast, and reconciled below (dollars in millions):

                           Pre-Tax   Taxes on    Tax
                            Income   Earnings    Rate
    As reported              $1,069      $205     19.2%
    Specified items            $614       $59      9.6%
                               ----       ---      ---
    Excluding specified
     items                   $1,683      $264     15.7%

Q6) How did specified items affect reported results?

A6) Specified items impacted first-quarter results as follows:

    (dollars in millions, except earnings-
     per-share)                                  Earnings
                                              Pre-   After-    EPS
                                              ----   ------    ---
                                              tax      tax
                                              ---      ---
    As reported (GAAP)                       $1,069    $864   $0.55
    Adjusted for specified items:
     (acquisitions/cost reductions)            $287    $242   $0.16
    Change to calendar year reporting
     (one-month lag)                           $137    $137   $0.09
    Acquired in-process research and
     development                               $100    $100   $0.06
    Litigation reserves                         $90     $76   $0.05
                                                ---     ---   -----
    As adjusted                              $1,683  $1,419   $0.91

Restructuring/integration (acquisitions/cost reductions) is associated with restructuring and integration costs for the Solvay Pharmaceuticals acquisition and a previously announced restructuring in our pharmaceuticals business. This item also includes previously announced cost reduction initiatives to improve efficiencies in the vascular and core laboratory diagnostic businesses. Change to calendar year reporting (one-month lag) recorded in the other (income)/expense line item of the P&L as noted below, reflects the impact of Abbott’s change to a calendar year end for international operations previously on a November 30 year end. Acquired in-process research and development is related to the agreement with Reata to develop and commercialize bardoxolone methyl outside the United States, excluding certain Asian markets. Litigation reserves relates to settlements reached in principle for which reserves were established during the quarter.

The impact of specified items by Consolidated Statement of Earnings line item is as follows (dollars in millions):

                                  Cost of   R&D  Acquired   SG&A    Other
                                  -------   ---  --------   ----    -----
                                  Products        IPR&D           (Income)/
                                  --------       -----
                                    Sold                           Expense
                                    ----                           -------
    As reported (GAAP)              $3,859  $930     $100  $2,851       $141
    Adjusted for specified items:
     reductions)                     ($107) ($61)      --   ($116)       ($3)
    Change to calendar year
     reporting (one-month lag)          --    --       --      --      ($137)
    Acquired in-process research
     and development                    --    --    ($100)     --         --
    Litigation reserves                 --    --       --    ($90)        --
    As adjusted                     $3,752  $869       --  $2,645         $1

Q7) What are the key areas of focus in Abbott’s broad-based pipeline?

A7) We continue to advance our broad-based pipeline. In proprietary pharmaceuticals, we expect to have nearly 20 new molecular entities and indications in Phase 2 or 3 development by the end of 2011. We also expect numerous new trial starts and new data presentations throughout the year. Following are select highlights from breakthrough research across pharmaceuticals, medical products and nutritionals pipelines:

  • Hepatitis C
    • Abbott’s antiviral program is focused on developing treatments for hepatitis C (HCV), a disease that affects more than 180 million people worldwide, with approximately 3 to 4 million people newly infected each year. Abbott’s broad-based HCV programs include its partnership with Enanta Pharmaceuticals to discover protease inhibitors, as well as its internal programs focused on additional viral targets.
    • Abbott currently has four HCV compounds in Phase 2 clinical trials, including protease, polymerase and NS5A inhibitors. Abbott is well positioned to explore combinations of these compounds, both with and without the current standard of care, a strategy that has the potential to markedly transform current treatment practices by shortening therapy duration, improving tolerability and increasing cure rates.
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
    • Bardoxolone, an investigational treatment for chronic kidney disease (CKD), is a first-in-class anti-inflammatory that activates Nrf2, a pathway involved in the progression of CKD. A Phase 2b study was recently completed and initiation of a global Phase 3 trial is targeted to begin in the coming months. Abbott’s agreement with Reata Pharmaceuticals includes international rights to bardoxolone, excluding certain Asian markets.
  • Women’s Health
    • Abbott’s collaboration agreement with Neurocrine to develop and commercialize elagolix for the treatment of endometriosis-related pain and fibroids brings Abbott a novel, first-in-class oral gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist. A Phase 2 study in endometriosis was recently completed, and planning for the Phase 3 program is ongoing.
  • Neuroscience / Pain
    • Abbott is conducting innovative research in neuroscience, where it has developed compounds that target receptors in the brain that help regulate mood, memory and other neurological functions. Abbott has more than a dozen new molecular entities in clinical trials for conditions such as schizophrenia, pain, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS). This includes three compounds in development for Alzheimer’s.
    • Abbott’s neuroscience pipeline includes a novel, next-generation antibody, daclizumab, which entered Phase 3 development in 2010 for relapsing remitting MS (RRMS), the most common form of the disease. We expect to present data from the Phase 2 SELECT trial later this year.
    • Abbott is pursuing compounds that could provide relief across a broad spectrum of pain states, such as chronic back pain, postoperative pain and cancer pain.
  • Oncology
    • Abbott’s oncology pipeline includes therapies that represent promising, unique scientific approaches to treating cancer. Abbott is focused on the development of targeted treatments that inhibit tumor growth and improve response to common cancer therapies. Abbott currently has nine new molecular entities in human trials.
    • The oncology pipeline includes: ABT-263, a Bcl-2 family protein antagonist; ABT-869, a multi-targeted kinase inhibitor; and ABT-888, a PARP-inhibitor. Each is being studied in a variety of cancers. Additionally, Abbott is evaluating a number of promising mechanisms in its pre-clinical pipeline, including work on an early-stage cMET antibody biologic for cancer.
    • The acquisition of Facet Biotech brought several oncology collaborations, including elotuzumab, a late-stage compound in development for multiple myeloma. We recently initiated the Phase 3 clinical program with our partner company.
  • Immunology
    • Abbott’s scientific experience with the anti-TNF biologic HUMIRA serves as a strong foundation for its continuing research in immunology. In its pipeline, Abbott continues to explore additional indications for HUMIRA and is working to advance development of its early discovery programs, including oral DMARD therapies, as well as other potential biologic targets. We recently submitted U.S. and European regulatory applications for HUMIRA as a treatment for ulcerative colitis.
    • Additionally, Abbott’s proprietary DVD-Ig technology represents an innovative approach that can target multiple disease-causing antigens with a single biologic agent. This technology could lead to combination biologics for complex conditions such as cancer or rheumatoid arthritis, where multiple pathways are involved in the disease. We expect this program to move into Phase I clinical trials by year end.
  • Molecular Diagnostics
    • Abbott expects to launch more than 12 new molecular diagnostic products over the next two to three years, including several novel oncology and infectious disease assays. In 2010, Abbott received FDA approval to market the Abbott RealTime HBV assay for measuring viral load or the amount of hepatitis B virus in a patient’s blood, as well as a new sensitive molecular diagnostic test and instrument to simultaneously detect two of the nation’s most prevalent sexually transmitted diseases, gonorrhea and chlamydia. Abbott has submitted a hepatitis C viral load test for FDA review, as well as a number of oncology-related assays.
  • Diagnostics
    • In 2010, Abbott launched a number of key assays on its ARCHITECT immunochemistry platform, which will significantly broaden its industry-leading menu. These tests include assays to assess Chagas disease, ovarian cancer and the first HIV combination assay approved for use in the United States, which detects the virus days earlier than current U.S. tests, as well as the ARCHITECT Vitamin D assay in Europe.
    • Abbott expects to launch several more products this year and is researching dozens of novel biomarkers focusing on important areas such as diabetes, infectious disease, and neuroscience disorders, as well as developing next-generation systems.
  • Vascular Devices
    • Abbott has one of the industry’s most robust vascular pipelines and expects to deliver more than 10 coronary technologies over the next five years. Abbott is working on well-staged incremental advances, and truly game-changing technologies that have the ability to restate the market.
    • ABSORB Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) – Abbott recently received CE Mark in Europe for the world’s first drug-eluting BVS for the treatment of coronary artery disease. ABSORB restores blood flow by opening a clogged vessel and providing support to the vessel until it dissolves, leaving patients with a treated vessel free of a permanent metallic implant. Abbott has the most advanced BVS clinical program in the industry.
    • MitraClip - Presented two-year data for the MitraClip system from the pivotal trial, EVEREST II, at the ACC conference in April. The MitraClip system continued to demonstrate the safety and sustained meaningful clinical benefits for the treatment of mitral regurgitation. Abbott’s MitraClip system is on the market outside the United States and is currently under FDA review.
    • Next-generation DES – Abbott has several next-generation DES platforms in development. This includes XIENCE PRIME, our next-generation drug-eluting stent (DES) that offers improved deliverability, especially in long lesions. XIENCE PRIME is on the market in Europe with an expected U.S. launch in 2012. XIENCE 2.25 for small vessels is on the market in Europe with an expected U.S. launch this year. Our ultra thin DES is also in development. It’s designed to improve clinical outcomes by reducing vessel injury upon deployment, enabling faster healing and improving deliverability in complex anatomy.
    • Core Coronary products – Abbott is continuing to expand its position in the more than $2 billion core coronary market. Abbott launched its next-generation balloon dilatation catheter, TREK, in Europe last year and in the United States and Japan in early 2011.
  • Vision Care
    • Abbott expects 20 new products and technology advancements over the next five years, including the launch of a new contact lens solution that is underway in Europe and the United States. In its market-leading LASIK business, Abbott is expanding its proprietary laser platform into new vision correction applications, including cataract surgery. Abbott also continues to expand its premium and standard intraocular lenses (IOL), including Synchrony, its next-generation IOL approved in Europe and other countries around the world. Synchrony is currently under FDA review in the United States.
  • Nutrition
    • Abbott is focused on improving six areas through nutrition: immunity, cognition, lean body mass, inflammation, metabolism and tolerance. We expect to launch approximately 20 new products and formulations to consumers in 2011 and are currently conducting 30 well-controlled clinical trials to demonstrate proven clinical outcomes with our nutrition innovation. In 2010, Abbott introduced several new products, including Ensure with Revigor and PediaSure SideKicks.


Source: newswire

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