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Boston-Power Expands Series E Round, Storwize Scooped Up By IBM, PerkinElmer Acquires VisEn, & More Boston-Area Deals News

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In the last week, we’ve seen acquisitions in both the life sciences and IT spaces, as well as an IPO and startup funding.

—Curt Schilling’s Maynard, MA-based video game company, 38 Studios, attracted $75 million in loan guarantees from the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, according to media reports. In exchange, the company has pledged to move its headquarters to Rhode Island, and says it will bring 450 direct jobs to the state by the end of 2012.

—Andover, MA-based JAZD Markets, a provider of business-to-business, directory-powered marketing platforms, grabbed $4 million in equity funding. The company, which is backed by Commonwealth Capital Ventures and Pilot House Ventures, raised $8 million in 2008.

IBM acquired Marlborough, MA-based Storwize, a maker of technology for the real-time compression of data. The companies didn’t disclose the financial terms of the transaction, which is slated to close third quarter 2010, though other reports pegged the deal at $140 million. Storwize investors include Bessemer Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, Tenaya Capital, Tamares Group, and Tokyo Electron Device Limited.

—Wilmington, MA-based Charles River Laboratories International (NYSE: CRL), a provider of lab mice and drug research materials, has terminated its planned acquisition of contract research firm WuXi PharmaTech. It’s paying China-based WuXi (NYSE: WX) a $30 million fee for ending the deal.

—SiGe Semiconductor, an Andover-based maker of radio frequency chips for wireless communications, registered for an initial public offering worth $143.8 million. The company, whose chips enable wireless connectivity for products like personal computers and home entertainment centers, had accrued a deficit of $114.9 million as of January 1 of this year.

—Avedro, a startup developing technology for using thermal energy to correct vision, raised $4.6 million of a planned $5 million round of equity-, debt-, and options-based funding. The bridge financing comes from Waltham, MA-based Avedro’s existing investors: Borealis Ventures, De Novo Ventures, Echelon Ventures, Flagship Ventures, and Prism Venture Partners.

—Boston-Power, the Westborough, MA-based maker of advanced lithium-ion batteries, added another $6.4 million to its $60 million Series E round of funding. The initial $60 million growth equity round, led by Foundation Asset Management and Oak Investment Partners, was the Bay State’s biggest startup deal in June, when venture equity investing totaled $307 million.

—Bedford, MA-based health management software maker Casenet pulled in $2 million in debt- and rights-based funding. It raised a $5 million debt financing last May, and a $7.5 million Series B funding in 2007, led by HLM Venture Partners.

PerkinElmer, a Waltham-based maker of research and diagnostics technologies, acquired Bedford-based VisEn Medical for an undisclosed sum. Flagship Ventures and Merck Capital Ventures are among the venture backers for VisEn, which makes in vivo fluorescence imaging products.