During the last five years, Abbott has spent nearly $9 billion on research and development. The responsibility for turning those investment dollars into life-changing health innovations falls, in part, to the leaders who sit on the Scientific Governing Board. The board’s 14 members include the heads of R&D from all of Abbott’s businesses, from diabetes care to neuromodulation and rapid diagnostics to nutrition. Together they represent decades of experience in the health technology and science industries. They use that knowledge to help guide the company's long-term research outlook. Every month when the board meets, topics are frequently centered on health technology trends and points of collaboration across the company's four core businesses – medical devices, diagnostics, nutrition and medicines. The goal? Making the best use of Abbott’s deep bench of scientific and engineering expertise.