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Corporate Friends

Find out who are the corporate friends of the Academy.

Abbott Laboratories Ireland Limited

Abbott is a diverse, global healthcare company which creates and distributes products that address the full range of healthcare needs – from disease prevention and diagnosis to treatment and cure. With nearly 70,000 employees worldwide and global sales of approximately $22 billion in 2014, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries. The company is headquartered in the United States, in north suburban Chicago, Illinois. In Ireland, Abbott employs almost 3,000 people across 11 sites and serves the Irish market with a diverse range of health care products including diagnostics, medical devices and nutritionals. Abbott has been operating in Ireland since 1946.


Xilinx is the world’s leading provider of all programmable FPGAs, SoCs, MPSoCs and 3D ICs, enabling the next generation of smarter, connected, and differentiated systems and networks. With over 3,500 patents and 60 industry firsts, Xilinx is known for its historic achievements including the introduction of the first FPGA and the inception of the fabless model. Xilinx has a history of developing programmes for its employees and surrounding communities that provide a social impact through outreach, volunteerism, teambuilding and philanthropy. Areas of focus include education, health, arts and social services. 

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