MicroPort<sup>®</sup> Firehawk<sup>®</sup> Appears at the High-level Meeting on China-Africa Health Cooperation

Beijing, China – Recently, the High-level Meeting on China-Africa Health Cooperation, which was focused on "Intensifying China-Africa Health Cooperation, Jointly building a Silk Road of Health" and organized by National Health Commission of China, took place together with the 3rd Beijing Forum for Global Health and the 27th China International Medical Equipment Exhibition & Scientific Conference (China-Hospeq 2018) at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, China. The meeting featured in-depth discussions on the topics such as the building of disease control in Africa and China-Africa public health cooperation, the training of medical specialists, and innovation in China-Africa health cooperation models, so as to promote the matching of the policies of China and African countries.
 
On August 17 afternoon, a separate session organized by the Chinese Medical Doctor Association, namely the China-Africa Medical Talents Cultivation Symposium, was held. Representatives from the United Nations agencies, international non-government organizations, mainstream research institutes and nearly 100 medical experts from China and African countries were invited to the symposium. Professor Junbo Ge, who is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and head of Department of Cardiology of Zhongshan Hospital Affiliated to Fudan University, mentioned MicroPort® while introducing the Belt and Road cardiovascular intervention training program during the symposium. Early August, Professor Ge along with several other famous Chinese cardiologists and the Africa Aid Work Group of MicroPort® teamed up in a Chinese Africa Aid Goodwill Medical Mission to Republic of Ghana and provided short-term medical aids in the African country.
 
Professor Ge completed a PCI case with a Firehawk® Rapamycin Target Eluting Coronary Stent System ("Firehawk®"). This case was assisted by Francis Agyekum, who is the first ever Chinese-trained Ghanaian surgeon capable of independently performing PCI procedure. Afterwards, MicroPort® donated a number of cardiovascular interventional products to Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in the capital city of Accra to support the medical development in Ghana. The hospital is the biggest medical center in Ghana. The contribution by MicroPort® to the Belt and Road cardiovascular intervention training program was well received by the experts and scholars in attendance.
 
On August 18 afternoon, Lei Sun, head of Center for Medical Device Evaluation of China State Drug Administration, and others visited the MicroPort® booth during the concurrent 27th China International Medical Equipment Exhibition & Scientific Conference (China-Hospeq 2018). Sun paid special attention to the product features and clinical proofs of the world's third generation coronary drug-eluting stent of Firehawk® system, as well as the development, current business and diversified product lines of MicroPort® in details. Thus far, a total of 14 products of MicroPort® or its related companies have been granted entry into the special review and approval procedure for innovative medical devices ("the Green Path"). Mr. Sun said that it was not only a recognition of the independent innovation of MicroPort®, but would also expedite the marketing progress of the products and benefit more patients.
 
The MicroPort® products have entered the markets of over 10 countries included in China's Belt and Road Initiative, including India, Pakistan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Poland, Romania, Korea and Turkey, continuously making positive contributions to the realization of a Silk Road for Health. The MicroPort® employees firmly believe that everyone is born with equal rights to medicine, health, and the pursuit of a longer life. Moreover, the MicroPort® employees will continue to deepen the bilateral healthcare cooperation with the pivotal countries included in the Belt and Road Initiative and devote themselves into a common destiny with the countries' patients and doctors, so as to actively create the revolutionary medical technologies to allow global citizens to enjoy the above rights. The vision of MicroPort® is that the people are the most essential aspect of building a leading, globalized medical corporation, where the patient always comes first, in the area of high-technology therapies embodied by minimally invasive and other emerging medical technologies. The mission of MicroPort® is that MicroPort® innovates relentlessly to commercialize the best, yet affordable, therapeutic solutions to save and reshape patients' lives, or to improve their quality of life. The centerpiece of the vision and mission of MicroPort® is to develop the highest-tech medical technologies in the world to bring health and longevity to every corner, community, family and patient of the world in the most fair and equitable way.