$2.6M Helps Healionics Heal, Uptake Takes In $3M, BlueKai Gets $10.5M Boost, & More Seattle-Area Deals News

12/16/08Follow @gthuang

Maybe it’s because everyone is trying to get their deals announced before the holidays, but it was a busy week in the Northwest, with plenty of activity in mobile software, online media, and medical devices.

—Bellevue, WA-based BlueKai, an Internet marketing firm, raised $10.5 million in Series B funding, led by Waltham, MA-based Battery Ventures. Existing investor Redpoint Ventures also contributed to the round. BlueKai is creating a marketplace for online consumer data.

—Luke reported that Seattle-based Uptake Medical, a maker of medical devices, raised $3 million to carry out a pair of clinical trials for a technique to treat emphysema and other deadly lung-obstructing diseases. The capital was raised from all of Uptake’s previous investors, including Prism VentureWorks, Onset Ventures, and WRF Capital.

—Seattle-based mobile startup Zumobi teamed up with outdoor retailer REI to release a free software application, called the REI Snow Report, for getting instant information on ski-resort conditions. The application is available on the iPhone, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile devices.

—Seattle startup Yapta, an online travel service that tracks airfares for consumers, raised $2.7 million from undisclosed sources. The funding round is still open, so that figure could change in the coming weeks.

—Digital-music startup Melodeo, based in Seattle, has partnered with the Salvation Army to deliver a software application for the iPhone that streams a selection of holiday tunes to your phone. The application costs $2.99, with proceeds going to the charity.

—Redmond, WA-based Healionics, which develops bioengineered materials to promote healing around implantable medical devices, raised $2.6 million in its second round of angel financing, as Luke reported. The funding comes from the Alliance of Angels, Bellingham Angels, Keiretsu Forum, and other investors.

—SplashCast, an online content-syndication startup in Portland, OR, has partnered with video service Hulu to distribute TV shows and other content on Facebook and MySpace. SplashCast’s software will syndicate new episodes directly to viewers’ social-network pages. Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

—Portland, OR-based Ontier, a startup developing software for business communication, landed new investors and board members Les Fahey of Fahey Ventures and Paul Gulick, the co-founder of InFocus. The amount of the investment was not disclosed.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com or call him at 617-252-7323. Follow @gthuang

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