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John FrelsVice President, Research and Development, Abbott Core Diagnostics


John Frels, PhD is Abbott’s Vice President, Research and Development, Core Diagnostics. John’s responsibilities include all aspects of assay and instrument systems development, early-stage research and Medical and Clinical Affairs oversight. 

Throughout his 28-year career with Abbott Diagnostics, John has held numerous R&D and Technical Operations leadership roles in the US and Europe, spanning all our immunochemistry product lines. 

John serves as the chair for the Abbott Scientific Governing Board that sponsors scientific leadership development, cross-business collaborations and innovation initiatives and serves on Advisory Boards for Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

John earned a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Northwestern University. 

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