Vestek, an investment research company of San Francisco, is trying to convince mutual funds that they can build their distribution with innovative research to give their brokers.

Since last fall, when it started selling its new Vestek Select fund research product, the company has signed on 80 mutual fund clients representing 55 percent of all U.S. mutual fund assets. Two of its newest clients are Scudder Kemper Investments of Boston and Warburg Pincus Assets Management of New York.

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