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Establishing an Integration Management Office (IMO) for M&As in the Life Sciences Industry

This guide outlines the best practices in establishing an Integration Management Office (IMO) to guide post-merger integration of companies in the life sciences industry. Read an overview of what you’ll find in the guide below and download the full guide here.

The integration of two entities post-merger is a complex task that calls for strategic coordination and careful planning. Post-merger integration is particularly complicated in the life sciences industry due to the myriad of operational, developmental, and regulatory business elements at play. Hence, it’s essential to have an IMO, a dedicated unit responsible for coordinating and facilitating integration efforts.  

General Nature and Responsibilities of the IMO 

Integrations are complicated endeavors that require meticulous planning and execution, especially in the research and regulatory environment of the life sciences industry, thus requiring a leadership team diverse enough to comprehend every aspect of the project in detail. The IMO should be a leadership team capable of cross-functional collaboration and clear communication. If properly arranged, the IMO should draw personnel from many divisions of the integration effort, including members of the selling party, bringing together a range of perspectives and expertise that will create well-rounded and informed decision-making 

The general responsibilities of the IMO include: 

  • Strategic Planning: Develop a thorough integration strategy that aligns with the overarching goals of the merger. 
  • Project Management: Oversee and coordinate various integration workstreams, ensuring the efficient allocation of resources and timely execution of tasks.  
    • Use a consistent set of tools and templates for enhanced efficiency and simplified key performance indicator (KPI) reporting. 
  • Bi-Directional Communication: Offer clear communication from leadership and pursue honest feedback from the wider team. 
  • Risk & Resolution Management: Identify potential risks and devise mitigation strategies to minimize disruptions. 

A Guide to Standing Up an IMO

The IMO plays a crucial role in orchestrating the many moving – and changing – parts inherent to life sciences post-merger integrations. Serving as both a provider and recipient of information, the IMO can greatly facilitate cross-functional communication and effectiveness.  In this download, we outline the following core principles for how to arrange the IMO for success, delving into one of Clarkston’s integration success stories within the life sciences industry. This guide outlines key steps and highlights important case study examples.

  1. Leadership and Governance 
  2. Timeline Development and Management 
  3. Cultural Stewardship 
  4. Operational Openness and Flexibility
Download the IMO Guide Here


For further guidance on standing up a successful Integration Management Office for post-merger integration, connect with one of our experts today.  

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