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When the Minneapolis-based company General Blood LLC launched in 2010, it came with a promise that it could revolutionize the market for blood. Founders Ben Bowman and David Mitchell wanted their company to connect the blood donation centers across the country to hospitals and labs, getting them blood quicker and cheaper.
But according to a lawsuit filed last month in Hennepin County District Court, getting through to parts of that market hasn't been so simple. And that's led to a feud in court between General Blood and one of its suppliers, the Oklahoma Blood Institute, showing the world the inner workings of the complicated business of buying and selling blood.
The Business of Blood