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July 24, 2007 at 4:12 PM

Saving Man’s best friend from blindness

Healionics, a Redmond medical materials start-up, wants to put its technology at the service of canines prone to glaucoma.

Through a partnership with a veterinary biomaterials maker from Scottsdale, Ariz., Healionics will focus on creating devices that can be implanted in dogs’ eyes, the company said Tuesday. Healionics specializes in implant materials that are not rejected by the body.

The announcement comes as Americans spend more than ever in care for their pets. The New York Times said Sunday:

Nationally, spending on veterinary care is expected to reach $9.8 billion in 2007, up from $7.2 billion five years ago, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. A survey released by the group last month found that 47 percent of dog owners say their pet sleeps in a family member’s bed.

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