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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I set up an account to submit my innovation?

    You will need to create an account before you can submit an innovation to the site. To register as a new user, click the ‘Create Account’ button in the upper right corner of the home page and complete the form.

  2. I am submitting on behalf of a group or team – can I set up a group account?

    It is not possible to set up a group account, one member of your team can create an account and submit on behalf of the group.

  3. Are there any restrictions on who can submit an innovation to the site or respond to an Abbott Innovation Challenge?

    The website is open to good ideas from anyone anywhere in the World!

  4. Can I submit more than one idea?

    Yes, you can submit as many ideas as you like. You will have to create a separate submission for each idea. You can track the status of each of your submissions in the “My Submissions” section of the site.

  5. Where can I learn more about Abbott and its medicines business?

    To learn about Abbott and our diverse healthcare businesses please visit our website at http://www.abbott.com

  6. What does Abbott do with the personal information I provide with my submission?

    Abbott uses your information only to communicate with you about your submission. We would like to update you from time to time on new innovation challenges – you can opt out of these updates by contacting admin.innovation4medicine@abbott.com. We will not use your information for any other purpose. For more information on our commitments to protecting your information please read our privacy policy and terms of use.

  7. Will Abbott provide a reason if it chooses not to pursue my idea?

    Unfortunately, it is not possible to provide detailed feedback on each submission receive. Some of the most common reasons that we would not progress a submission include:

    • You’ve submitted confidential information which we are unable to review
    • Your idea does not match our current business needs or priorities
    • Your idea is too similar to something we are already working on
  8. How can I increase my chances for success in submitting my innovation idea to Abbott?

    A good place to begin is by reviewing our Current Needs and core focus areas. You should also make sure that you include all of the information we request in the submission form, along with any additional information you feel will help us better understand your submission, including:

    • A concise description of your innovation, including its unique benefits compared to existing solutions that are already in the market
    • The results of any testing you’ve done (safety, consumer, efficacy, etc)
    • A copy of any relevant patent(s) and detailed illustrations and photos (if applicable)
    • Lastly, please do not submit any confidential information as Abbott will be unable to review your submission.
  9. Should I only submit ideas that match one of Current Needs listed on the site?

    While we are always interested in ideas that are relevant to our current needs and strategic priorities, we’re always open to other opportunities as well.

  10. What ideas are we looking for?

    The idea needs to be unique and disruptive, which solves a critical unmet need in the healthcare space. The idea can be at any stage of development: from ideation to proof of concept to full commercial availability – whatever the stage of development, the innovation should be relevant to our business and have clearly defined growth potential.

  11. Can ideas be submitted offline?

    No, ideas can only be submitted through the online portal.

  12. Whom to contact if I face technical issues related to idea submission?

    If you have trouble submitting your idea through our form you can contact us at support.innovation4medicine@abbott.com for further assistance.

  13. What happens if my idea is a fit for Abbott?

    If your submission is a fit for our innovation needs we will contact you by email to follow up.

  14. If I have a question that’s not answered here who should I contact and how?

    Please contact us at support.innovation4medicine@abbott.com if you have any questions (including your submission ID if you have one).

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