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San Diego VC Activity at Ebb Tide in 2011 and Top 10 Local Deals

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nearly 20 percent gain in dollars, but a 28 percent slide in deals compared with the same quarter last year, when $225 million was invested in 32 companies throughout the San Diego area.

Quarterly venture activity in San Diego tends to be erratic, however. Over the past decade, the MoneyTree Report shows that the $419.5 million was invested in San Diego during the fourth quarter of 2007 fell to $185.1 million in the same quarter a year later—and swung back to $341 million in 2009.

Here’s our list of San Diego’s top 10 venture deals during the fourth quarter, based on the MoneyTree data:

Razer USA   $50 million

AnaptysBio   $33.9M

Elevation Pharmaceuticals   $30M

Rempex Pharmaceuticals   $25M

Legend 3D   $19M

Anaphore   $15M

SG Biofuels   $15M

BeneChill    $14M

CoDa Therapeutics   $14M

Ophthonix   $14M

The MoneyTree list of venture deals did not include the $85 million that San Diego-based DriveCam raised in November. It ranks as the biggest deal in San Diego during the last three months of 2011, and it’s unclear why it wasn’t included. DriveCam described it at the time as a private equity investment.

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