Acme Packet Packs Up Covergence, Thermo Buys Biolab, Q1 Was Kind to Mobile, & More Boston-Area Deals News

5/1/09

I’ve got several acquisitions to report this week, and some other interesting New England tech and life sciences deals as well.

Mobile Monday Boston released figures indicating that the first quarter of 2009 was the best in the last five quarters in terms of investment in Boston-area mobile technology companies. Eleven companies raised a total of $215 million in the quarter—although $175 million of it came from a 17.4 million-share stock sale by Nuance Communications (NASDAQ: NUAN) of Burlington, MA.

—Atlas Venture of Waltham, MA, joined with Conshohocken, PA-based SR One, the venture arm of GlaxoSmithKline, to co-lead a €14.1 million ($18.4 million) Series B round of financing for Austrian startup ProtAffin. The funding will help support development and Phase I testing of ProtAffin’s lead drug, an anti-inflammatory.

—Waltham, MA-based Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE:TMO) agreed to pay about $120 million for NewZealand-based Biolab, a maker or analytical instruments, lab equipment, and research materials.

—Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ALNY) of Cambridge, MA, inked a deal to get access to single-stranded RNA interference (ssRNAi) technology developed by Carlsbad, CA-based Isis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ISIS). Alnylam will pay up to $31 million in upfront fees and milestone payments, as well as royalties on any drugs that may be developed using the technology.

—Waltham, MA-based North Bridge Venture Partners was the main investor in a deal that added $5 million to the Series B round of Active Endpoints, a Waltham-based provider of systems that help enterprises and developers automate business processes.

—Waste management company Clean Harbors (NYSE: CLH) of Norwell, MA, agreed to acquire Edmonton, Alberta-based Eveready—a provider of maintenance, lodging, and exploration services for the oil and gas, chemicals, paper, manufacturing, and power generation businesses—for $387 million in cash, stock, and assumed debt.

—Burlington, MA-based Internet communications firm Acme Packet (NASDAQ:APKT) acquired Maynard, MA-based communications software firm Covergence for about $22.2 million in Acme common stock and $600,000 in cash.

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