Limb Lab founder Brandon Sampson at the Manova Global Summit on the Future of Health in Minneapolis on Monday

Rochester-based Limb Lab founder Brandon Sampson spoke at the Manova Global Summit on the Future of Health in Minneapolis on Monday.

Six years ago, "a farm kid from Lyle" eagerly opened a new business called Limb Lab in downtown Rochester, wondering if his young company would make it.

This week that same "farm kid" —  Brandon Sampson — stood at the podium duringa high-profile health conference in Minneapolis to talk about "Radical Attentiveness as a Path to Innovation in Orthotic and Prosthetic Clinical Care."

He followed up his Monday appearance at prestigious Manova Global Summit on the Future of Health by opening the doors of his fourth Limb Lab office on Tuesday. His latest prosthetic and orthotics clinic hosted a grand opening at 1206 Harmon Place in downtown Minneapolis.

"We share a parking lot with Lunds & Byerlys. That was a big criteria for us. Having a ground-level parking lot for accessibility for our clients," he said.

The Minneapolis location fills a 5,500-square-foot space, almost double the size of the original Rochester office.

Limb Lab also has locations in Mankato and La Crosse, Wis. as well as Rochester at 400 S. Broadway, where the company is still headquartered.

He started with just three people, and now Limb Lab has 30 employees. Sampson said finding or attracting the right kind of innovative employees is what has spurred his company's growth.

"Our growth plan was never just to build buildings and fill them with people. We find good, talented people and build business around them," he said.

In that vein, Limb Lab plans to open a fifth location in Lincoln, Neb. yet this fall.

Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in Heard on the Street. Send tips to or via Twitter to @whereskiger. You can call him at 285-7798.

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