MitoKor: Buy, sell, buy

Back-to-School Issue: The M&A game

Lesson: Piecing a company together through M&A can be untidy, and take unexpected directions. Thus it pays to be opportunistic after a deal, as well as before.

Shortly after Walter Moos joined MitoKor Inc. as chairman and CEO in January 1997, he told the board that he planned to grow the company both organically and by acquisitions. Having worked at Chiron Corp. and Warner-Lambert Co., both of which did a lot of their growing through acquisitions, Moos was used to doing things that way.

“We’ve probably talked to 150 companies since I joined,”

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