Sanofi-Aventis Backs Mass Life Sciences Center, Redline Raises $7.45M, Swipely Launches with $7.5M, & More Boston-Area Deals News

We saw a few contributions in the life sciences sector, but for the most part, Internet and software companies have been dominating with deals headlines in the last week.

—Ariad Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ARIA) got $69 million in cash from Merck, for revising a 2007 agreement with a unit of the drug giant. The revisions give Merck (NYSE: MRK) an exclusive license to develop, produce, and sell Ariad’s experimental cancer drug ridaforolimus, and Merck will cover all future costs related to these activities. Cambridge, MA-based Ariad has already collected $128.5 million in fees and milestones for the collaboration, which initially had the two companies splitting the development responsibilities and marketing rights of the drug.

Sanofi-Aventis, the giant Paris-based drug developer with a Cambridge research site, announced it will contribute $500,000 over two years to Massachusetts’ initiative for accelerating the life sciences industry in the state, according to the program’s administrator, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.

—Cranston, RI-based DormNoise, a developer of online interactive calendar systems for college students, announced it has raised $500,000 in Series A financing. The investment came from online education website PRESENT e-Learning Systems, and DN Ventures, an investor group formed by DormNoise director Alan Jacober.

InstallFree, a Stamford, CT, maker of application virtualization software, brought in $3 million of a planned $3.76 million equity-based round of funding. Richard Fade of Ignition Partners, Peter van Oppen of Trilogy Partnership, and Microsoft veteran Yuval Neeman are listed as company directors on the SEC disclosure of the financing.

—WordStream, a developer of software for enhancing online marketing, said it pulled in $6 million in Series B financing, with contributions from Egan-Managed Capital and Sigma Partners. The cash will go toward the Boston-based company’s growth and expansion of products, which aim to improve both search-engine-optimization and pay-per-click marketing.

—Just call it software week. Redline Trading Solutions, a Woburn, MA, maker of software for getting financial market data to trading applications, raised $7.45 million in equity, according to an SEC filing. The money came from … Next Page »

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