Fast Company has honored us as its 2020 World Changing Company of the Year.

FastCompany Award

Apr 28 2020

Fast Company has named Abbott as the 2020 World Changing Company of the Year in honor of the company's innovative efforts to improve lives.

According to Fast Company, honoring Abbott "recognizes a range of devices and projects to improve global health – from a new implant to keep babies' hearts healthy, to fighting malaria, to advancing the careers of underrepresented people in STEM."

World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs that focuses on ideas and innovation that can lead to societal benefit.

For Abbott, the award showcases the impact of technology and programs that have helped people around the world. One example: Abbott's Amplatzer Piccolo Occluder, a device to treat premature babies and newborns with an opening in their heart was named a finalist for Health and Wellness. This technology is helping people like Irie Felkner.

Born premature at 27 weeks with her twin brother Judah, an echocardiogram showed an opening in Irie’s heart had grown too large. A life-threatening congenital defect called a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) — an opening between two blood vessels leading from the heart that is also present in normally developing fetuses — had failed to close, making it difficult for her to breathe normally with the increased flow of blood to the lungs. With our Amplatzer Piccolo Occluder, Irie’s doctors were able to successfully close her PDA. She was able to breathe on her own within three days and taken off her ventilator. She’s now home, thriving.

“There seems no better time to recognize organizations that are using their ingenuity, resources, and, in some cases, their scale to tackle society’s biggest problems,” said Stephanie Mehta, editor in chief of Fast Company.

For U.S. Important Safety Information about the Amplatzer Piccolo Occluder, please click here.


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