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For more than a century, Abbott Laboratories has been working to improve health care for people around the world by providing high quality, safe and effective products.

Abbott Ireland Diagnostics Division, PO Box 9244, Dublin 4,
Telephone:01 218 6866
Fax:01 218 6886
Founded by a young Chicago physician, Dr. Wallace Calvin Abbott, in 1888, Abbott Laboratories has evolved into a diversified health care company that discovers, develops, manufactures and markets innovative products and services that span the continuum of care - from prevention and diagnosis to treatment and cure. Headquartered in north suburban Chicago, Abbott helps people around the world in the more than 130 countries.

The history of Abbott Diagnostics Division has an impressive record of innovation. Abbott products have helped transform the practice of medical diagnosis from an art to a science, virtually creating the modern diagnostics industry through the company's commitment to improving patient care and lowering overall costs. Abbott's history is filled with examples of first-of-a-kind products and significant technological advancements. This tradition of innovation has been sustained through a consistent commitment to diagnostic research and development.

Abbott Ireland was established in 1946 with it's commercial operation. In 1974 Abbott Ireland set up it's first manufacturing facility and now employs approximately 1,600 staff. Headquartered in Sligo, we are one of the largest overseas subsidiaries of the company. Five of Abbott's Manufacturing Divisions are represented across six sites in Ireland - Diagnostics in Sligo and Longford, Hospital Products and Pharmaceuticals in Sligo, Nutritionals in Cavan, Cardiovascular in Galway - as well as a Sales and Marketing Division in Dublin.

Abbott Ireland Diagnostics Division (AIDD)
Established in Ireland in 1994, 2003 saw the announcement of a Euro115 million investment by AIDD in a greenfield site in Longford and expansion to the existing facility in Sligo creating a total of approximately 850 new jobs across all disciplines over the next five years.

Image of AIDD Site Sligo Completion December 2004
Image of AIDD Site, Sligo
Completion December 2004

Image of AIDD Site Longford Completion January 2005
Image of AIDD Site, Longford
Completion January 2005

Abbott Ireland Diagnostics Division - Sligo
Established in 1994 AIDD Sligo has grown to employ over 360 staff in June 2004, this will increase to approximately 600 by 2006. We currently manufacture blood-screening products in an ISO9001: 2000 and ISO 13485:2003 certified environment. Manufacturing is divided into two key areas - Bulk Reagent Operations (BRO) and Diagnostic Reagent Operations (DRO). The BRO process involves large-scale production of Haematology screening and diluent buffers for use on the Abbott CELL DYN'¥ and AxSYM'¥instruments.

The DRO process manufactures Hepatitis and Retrovirus diagnostic detection kits for Hepatitis A, B & C and HIV for use in Abbott AxSYM'µ and IMx'µ instrument platforms. As a result of the further growth in Sligo, the product portfolio will expand to include additional Hep/Retro products and new diagnostic kits for the identification of viral markers associated with Congenital defects and for Cancer markers associated with prostate, testicular, breast, ovarian and digestive tract cancers. These assays will introduce the Abbott Architect'¥ platform to the Sligo site.

Abbott Ireland Diagnostics Division - Longford
The Longford Diagnostic facility is currently under construction and is due to commence manufacturing in January 2005. By the end of 2004 the plant will employ over 140 employees growing to approximately 600 people by 2008. Until the manufacturing facility is complete staff are based in temporary offices located at Garrycastle IDA Business Park, Dublin Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

The Longford facility will manufacture diagnostic reagent products in an ISO9001: 2000 and ISO 13485:2003 regulated environment, focusing solely on Diagnostic Reagent Operations (DRO). The product portfolio will include diagnostic kits for Thyroid Function, Fertility & Pregnancy, Cardiology and Metabolic markers as well as Therapeutic Drug Monitoring. The assays that will be transferred to the new site are used on various Abbott instruments including the AxSYM'µ, IMx'µ and Architect'µ platforms. These instruments are used in various clinical environments including hospital and reference laboratories and blood banks. Preparation and filling of these reagents takes place in a clean room environment under stringent GMP and GLP controls.

Career Opportunities
More than 55,000 employees around the world have devoted their careers to advancing the practice of health care with Abbott. We are proud of our talented employees who have shared the commitment of achieving our ambitious mission by developing leading-edge science and delivering the highest quality in every product. As such, Abbott prides itself on providing competitive salaries and attractive benefits, a relocation package where applicable and workplace diversity. We have partnered with the IT Sligo and Athlone IT in developing innovative training methods within a state of the art simulated training facilities, which will provide a comprehensive training programme for our Scientific Services and Quality staff.

Abbott Ireland Diagnostics Division offers unprecedented opportunities for talented, experienced professionals from the Diagnostic, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare industries in the following areas.

Scientific Services
Quality Supply Chain
Engineering Manufacturing
Finance Human Resources

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With a population of over 20,000 residents, Sligo is the capital of the North West region, the centre of Yeats' Country and one of Ireland's largest towns. Sligo offers an excellent quality of life with a wide range of sport and recreational facilities available. Championship golf courses compliment Sligo's extraordinary array of out door amenities. There are well developed GAA, Soccer and Rugby complexes. Other pursuits within the greater Sligo area include world-class surfing, sailing, scuba diving, sea and fresh water fishing and mountaineering. Sligo Airport also hosts one of Ireland's most active flying clubs. Sligo boasts a very vibrant nightlife with a selection of nightclubs, live entertainment theatres and cultural attractions that offer variety and opportunity to meet all tastes.

Longford town is situated in the heart of Ireland on the south bank of the river Camlin and on the main Dublin to Sligo road. It is a progressive town and the County administrative centre. It is also a convenient crossroads for Belfast, Mayo, Galway or Limerick routes and is ideally placed as a tourist centre for the Lakeland District of Ireland's Midlands and the beautiful Shannon River. There are activities to suit all tastes with excellent angling in both the river Shannon and Erne and surrounding lakes, quality golf and numerous restaurants with a wide variety of cuisine.