History and Heritage

Innovation Timeline

Discover our rich history of innovation and commitment to the science of laboratory diagnostics.

1972

  • Abbott launches its first hepatitis test
  • Abbott introduces ABA-100 blood chemistry analyzer to determine enzyme levels and analyze blood components

1974

  • Abbott launches a non-radioactive hepatitis screening test called Auscell.
  • Abbott introduces Ausria II, an improved hepatitis test that allows hospitals and blood banks, for the first time, to supply blood for transfusion the same day it is drawn.

1978

  • Abbott introduces a commercial product for the diagnosis of hepatitis A.

1979

  • Quantum II, an automated immunoassay system employing a new enzyme immunoassay (EIA) technology is introduced. Quantum enabled Abbott to convert its hepatitis product line from radioactive tests to enzyme immunoassays.

1981

  • Introduced therapeutic drug monitoring system, (TDx)

1985

  • Abbott receives FDA approval of the first licensed antibody test to identify HIV virus in blood, helping to secure the safety of the blood supply. This is one of our greatest achievements and the first significant medical victory against what had, until then, seemed an unstoppable threat.

1986

  • Abbott develops TestPack, a self-contained diagnostic test that allows doctors to perform blood-sophisticated immunoassay tests while the patient is in the office.

1988

  • Abbott introduces IMx, a bench-top immunoassay system.

1991

  • Abbott develops an automated test for monitoring prostate specific antigen (PSA).

1992

  • Abbott enters the hematology market with the acquisition of Sequoia Turner Corporation.

1994

  • Abbott launches AxSYM which combines immunoassay technologies employed in the IMx and TDx systems.
  • Abbott introduces the Global Surveillance Program to detect and monitor emerging HIV and hepatitis strains around the world.

1995

  • Abbott develops ABBOTT PRISM the first fully automated, high-volume blood screening platform.

1997

  • Abbott launches a combination test for HTLV-I and HTLV-II.

1998

  • Abbott launches a large number of new systems, including Alcyon and Aeroset, two clinical chemistry analyzers, and Determine, a line of self-performing assays. The company also broadens its product offering with the acquisition of International Murex Technologies Corp., adding microtiter-based immunoassays and microbiology products.

1999

  • Abbott introduces the ARCHITECT i2000, the first in a planned series of analyzers for the clinical laboratory.

2001

  • Abbott acquires Vysis, Inc, a leading genomic diagnostics company that develops and markets clinical laboratory products, which provide information critical to the evaluation and management of cancer, prenatal disorders and other genetic diseases.

2004

  • As a part of the Global Surveillance Program, Abbott identifies and characterizes a rare Group N virus — only 1 of only 2 institutions in the world to have done so.

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2005

  • The ABBOTT PRISM, high-volume blood bank screening platform is launched in the U.S.
  • Manufacturing capacity is expanded at several European locations, including Dartford, England, Sligo and Longford, Ireland, and Wiesbaden, Germany. The new and expanded sites help Abbott meet the increasing global demand for diagnostic testing in areas such as infectious diseases, cancer, thyroid and cardiovascular.
  • CELL-DYN Sapphire, an automated, high-volume hematology instrument, is introduced.

2006

  • Abbott launches the automated, mid-volume analyzer CELL-DYN RUBY hematology instrument.
  • Abbott receives approval for a test for Hepatitis B surface antigen for its ABBOTT PRISM system.
  • Abbott introduces Labs Are Vital, a multi-year global program designed to strengthen the role of the clinical laboratory and its professionals. Numerous professional associations align with Labs Are Vital, including the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine.

2007

  • Abbott receives approval for the ARCHITECT CORE-M (anti-HBc IgM) assay.
  • Abbott launches ARCHITECT c16000 and ARCHITECT ci16200 to expand Abbott's premier immunoassay and clinical chemistry platform for large-volume needs.
  • Abbott receives approval for its automated Hepatitis B test for use on ARCHITECT immunoassay analyzers.

2008

  • Abbott launches the ARCHITECT i1000SR immunochemistry analyzer, expanding its ARCHITECT family of diagnostics instrument systems for clinical laboratories.
  • Abbott receives approval of a test for HTLV-I/HTLV-II for use on the ABBOTT PRISM instrument.

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2009

  • Abbott receives CE Mark (Conformite Europeene) for the ARCHITECT NGAL assay.
  • Abbott receives approval for the ABBOTT PRISM HIV O Plus assay.
  • Abbott partners with the University of California in San Francisco to form the UCSF-Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center, which uses deep sequencing and ultra-rapid pathogen identification technologies to identify and characterize novel human viruses.

2010

  • Abbott receives approval for first U.S.-approved HIV Combo test, the ARCHITECT HIV Ag/Ab Combo Assay, to detect virus earlier.
  • Abbott receives clearance for the ARCHITECT HE4 Assay.
  • Abbott receives approval for the ABBOTT PRISM Chagas test.
  • Abbott celebrates 25 years of HIV diagnostics.

2011

  • Abbott receives clearance for the ARCHITECT 25-OH Vitamin D assay.

2012

  • Abbott introduces Onelab, an integrated web-based software platform to manage laboratory information.

2013

  • Abbott launches the ARCHITECT STAT High Sensitive Troponin-I (hsTnI) test for heart attack
  • Abbott globally launches the ACCELERATOR a3600, a next generation automation solution, to help laboratories address the need to process tests faster while handling increased volume.

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