|Headquarters||North Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Richard A. Gonzalez, Chairman & CEO|
|Revenue||$4.926 billion (2Q14)|
|$1.1 billion (2Q14)|
Number of employees
On October 19, 2011, Abbott Laboratories announced that it planned to separate into two publicly traded companies. One retained the Abbott name, and focuses on diversified medical products including medical devices and medical tests. The other was named AbbVie, Inc. and specializes in research-based pharmaceuticals.    The separation was effective January 1, 2013 and AbbVie was officially listed on the New York Stock Exchange (ABBV) January 2, 2013.
AbbVie is led by Richard A. Gonzalez, a 30-year Abbott veteran who served previously as Executive Vice President of Pharmaceuticals. He also served as Abbott’s President and Chief Operating Officer, prior to a brief retirement in 2007. AbbVie features Humira, a medicine that has exceeded $10 billion in global sales.
On June 20, 2014 Reuters reported that AbbVie had attempted to acquire Shire for $46.5 billion (£27.3 billion or £46.11 per share); however, this offer was rejected. On July 8, AbbVie raised this offer to $51.5 billion. On July 11 2014, it emerged that Shire had begun negotiating with AbbVie. One aspect of the potential deal would allow AbbVie to move its tax domicile from Illinois to the United Kingdom, reducing the company's liable tax rate from 22% to 13%. On July 14, Bloomberg reported that AbbVie would back a fifth offer, increasing it to $53.7 billion.
On July 18, 2014 it was announced that AbbVie would acquire Shire for $54.8 billion. As part of the deal AbbVie would acquire a series of rare-disease drugs, including Elaprase for Hunter syndrome and Replagal for Fabry disease. On October 15, news broke suggesting AbbVie was reconsidering their proposed takeover deal due to changes in US "Tax Inversion" law and on October 16, AbbVie's board recommended that shareholders vote against the deal.
On October 21, 2014 the merger was called off.
In September 2014, it was announced that AbbVie would join Infinity Pharmaceuticals in co-developing and commercializing Infinity's phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitor, duvelisib (IPI-145). This deal could net up to $805 million for Infinity through upfront and milestone based payments.
In September 2014 it was announced that AbbVie would collaborate with Calico (an abbreviation of California Life Sciences LLC), a Google company, as it creates a $1.5 billion R&D site in San Francisco Bay. The collaboration is aimed at developing new treatments for neurodegeneration and cancer.
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