Cardiac startup may have saved VC's life while pitching for cash

April 27, 2011 by MedCity News

A funding pitch by AUM Cardiovascular's founder may have saved a venture capitalist from a heart attack.

AUM Cardiovascular

Steve Kiemele got a taste for what early detection of coronary heart disease means – not at the doctor’s office, but in an attorney’s office in downtown Minneapolis during an investor presentation.

Kiemele, the CFO of the North Dakota life sciences fund Linn Grove Ventures, was in Minneapolis in January to listen to a pitch by Marie Johnson, the founder of AUM Cardiovascular.

The Farmington, Minn.-based company is developing a non-invasive handheld device to assess risk of coronary heart disease.

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