June 19, 2015 / 6:55 AM / 2 years ago

PureTech raises $171 million in latest London health listing

LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) - Boston-based PureTech Health kicked off its London listing on Friday, raising $171 million to fund further product development in the latest life sciences float in Britain.

The U.S. health technology firm, which has on its board Pearson's former chief executive Marjorie Scardino and former Sanofi chief executive Chris Viehbacher, said its listing valued the firm at 364 million pounds ($578 million).

The offer price was set at 160 pence per share.

The group specialises in building a portfolio of early-stage science and technology ideas in the healthcare sector, typically from academia and nurturing them into commercially viable businesses.

The focus is particularly on the convergence of new technologies in healthcare. Many traditional tech companies, such as Google and Apple, are now investing in health, leading to new opportunities for merging different approaches to treating patients.

The move to list in London follows a similar decision by California-based biotech firm Verseon to raise $100 million in London earlier this year.

Allied Minds also floated in London a year ago. It raised about 76 million pounds ($120.6 million) in a listing priced at 190 pence a share, giving the company a market value of nearly 400 million pounds at the time. The shares trade around 550 pence today.

$1 = 0.6303 pounds Reporting by Kate Holton. Editing by Jane Merriman

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