Basho, aPriori, Savitz VC Fund, & More Boston Deals News

7/18/12Follow @xconomy

Acquisitions, investments, new VC funds, and strategic partnerships have made up the New England deals news in the last week.

—Shareaholic, a Cambridge, MA-based maker of software for sharing and discovering Web content, closed a $3 million round of funding led by Kepha Partners, and joined by returning angel investors, General Catalyst Partners, NextView Ventures, and 500 Startups.

—Waltham, MA-based life sciences company Thermo Fisher Scientific signed an agreement to buy California-based transplant diagnostics technology company One Lambda for $925 million in cash, in a deal expected to close fourth quarter of this year. Analyst firm ISI Group said Monday that the deal should add about $200 million in high-growth revenues for Thermo Fisher in fiscal year 2013.

—APriori said it pulled in another $5 million in funding from return backer Sigma Partners. The money will help the Concord, MA-based maker of cost management software for manufacturers expand its sales efforts in Europe and Asia and build up its supplier network.

— founder and former CEO Scott Savitz announced the launch of his new $50 million Boston-based venture capital fund, Data Point Capital. The fund is “stage agnostic” and will invest in startups in mobile, gaming, social networking, online payment solutions, comparison shopping, and e-commerce, according to the release.

—Bedford, MA-based iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT) nabbed a $7.7 million order from the U.S. Navy for updates to its military PackBots.

—Cambridge-based Zipcar (NASDAQ: ZIP) continues to expand its global reach, acquiring Austria-based Denzel Mobility CarSharing.

—Database software maker Basho Technologies of Cambridge received a $6.1 million investment through a strategic partnership deal with Yahoo Japan subsidiary IDC Frontier. The company will sell Basho’s database and cloud storage technology as part of its computing platform throughout the Asia Pacific region.