Volume 94 Issue 35 | pp. 28-29 | C&EN Talks With
Issue Date: September 5, 2016

C&EN Talks with Frank Witney, an executive with a knack for building and selling life science tool businesses

After selling Dionex and Affymetrix to Thermo Fisher, Witney talks about what it takes to build a successful scientific instrument firm
Department: Business
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: business, scientific instruments, diagnostics, company management, acquisitions

In 2009, Frank Witney became chief executive officer of the fast-growing ion chromatography expert Dionex. Two years later, he sold Dionex to Thermo Fisher Scientific for $2.1 billion. Witney then joined the struggling genetics microarray maker Affymetrix, where he helped engineer a turnaround. In March, he sold Affymetrix for $1.3 billion to a company he knew well: Thermo Fisher.

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