The firm will combine its China Gateway businesses – which make active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) for small and large molecule drug developers - with its various Chemparter contract research units in China, the US and Europe.
Shangpharma said restructuring wil allow it to “better serve its clients, expand its global presence and access new markets.”
The firm plans to float Shanghai Chempartner by merging it with a company that is already listed, but did not provide further information when contacted by in-Pharmatechnologist.com
Shangpharma was last a public company in 2010 when it listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
ShangPharma employs more than 2,000 people and is China’s third biggest contract research organisation (CRO) behind WuXi Apptec - which recently announced plans to list its biologics and contract research units in China - and Pharmaron.
The firm's manufacturing business comproses China Gateway Pharmaceutical development - which makes APIs for small molecule drug developers - and China Gateway Biologics, which provides large molecule drug production services.
Last year Shangpharma added peptide chemistry to its offering, buying production technology and investing in discovery firm Circle Pharma.
All-in-one vs split
Shangpharma's plan to combine its manufacturing and research businesses prior to taking them public contrasts with the approach taken by rival Wuxi.