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Steve Burrill, a leading venture capitalist in the life science and biotechnology industries, speaks during a meeting Friday at the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

They abound for local angel investors in the life sciences


WILLMAR -- A California company has developed a patented stem-cell technology for treating arthritis in dogs and horses, using stem cells derived from the animal's own fat tissue.

Now Vet-Stem Inc. is looking to open a new laboratory and start marketing itself directly to American pet owners.

"We just need money and gas in the tank," Dr. Robert Harman, the company's chief executive, explained Friday to a local group at the

MinnWest Technology Campus.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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