MARKETS & INVESTING | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Shanghai-based heart implant maker mulls Hong Kong IPO

Microport Scientific Corp could raise about US$200m in a share sale.

Bloomberg reports that Shanghai-based medical device maker Microport Scientific Corp. is said to be mulling a Hong Kong IPO of its transcatheter aortic valve replacement business.

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The company, which develops artificial valve implants to address the narrowing of the aortic valve opening, could raise about US$200m in a share sale.

If the company decides to push through with the listing, it will join a host of at least 16 other biotech firms lining up for an IPO after the bourse operator relaxed rules allowing biotech firms with no track record of profitability to list.

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The biotech sector was chosen as initial focus in widening market access as they make up a majority of companies in the pre-revenue stage seeking a Main Board listing and clinical trials tend to be highly regulated under the previous regime.

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