Thursday, December 15, 2005
Experian Buys PriceGrabber For $485M
GUS Plc, the parent company of Experian, has acquired Los Angeles-based comparison shopping site PriceGrabber for $485M. GUS said that it will use PriceGrabber to complement Experian's existing operations connecting consumers to companies over the Internet. Pricegrabber employes 140, and was founded in 1999. GUS also said that Pricegrabber will report sales of approximately $60M for the 12 months ending December 2005. PriceGrabber provides comparison shopping services for apparel, electronics, a (More info...)

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Amgen Acquires Abgenix
Thousand Oaks-based biotech firm Amgen said yesterday that it is acquiring Fremont-based Abgenix for $2.2B. Amgen said that it would pay $22.50 per share in cash of Abgenix stock. Abgenix is a developer of human therapeutic antibodies. Amgen said that it has previously been working with Abgenix on its pipeline product panitumumab, which is targeted at treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer. The companies said that later this week they expect to initiate a biologics license application (BLA) f (More info...)

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Optimer Pharmaceuticals Announces Funding
San Diego-based Optimer Pharmaceuticals said that it has raised $34.2M in two rounds of venture funding. The latest funding of $22.2M, closed November 30th, and included investments from ProQuest Investments, Lurie Investments, BB Biotech Ventures, SB Life Science Ventures, UOB JAIC Venture Bio Investments, as well as China Development Industrial Bank, ESun Bank Group, Fubon Financial Holding Venture, Global Strategic Investments, Oriental Union Chemical Corp., and Taiwan Global BioFund. The com (More info...)

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Zag Raises $9M In Series C
Stealth startup Zag announced yesterday that it has raised a $9M third round of funding from GRP Partners, Capital One, Anthem Ventures, and Arcturus Capital. The firm also revealed in its funding released that it is working on an end to end online auto buying platform for improving the shopping and buying experience for consumers. Zag said that the funding brings the total raised by the company to $32.7M. Zag is headed by CarsDirect founder Scott Painter, who serves as the company's CEO.

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Celerus Diagnostics Raises $2.7M
Santa Barbara-based Celerus Diagnostics said yesterday that it has raised $2.7M in Series A funding from private investors. Celerus is developing a rapid cancer diagnostic product. Investors were not disclosed by the company. Celerus said that it is designing an instrument to decentralize testing and move results closer to patients.

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Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch, January 24
January 24, 2006
UCLA Anderson School of Management

Meet, greet, and learn the art of the pitch from the Tech Coast Angels,
the nation's largest and most active network of angel investors.
One-minute "elevator pitches" by 12 of Southern California’s most
promising startups. A panel of seasoned investors will judge the pitches for their fundability and presentations. Keynote by Guy Kawasaki, chairman of Silicon Valley’s Garage Technology Ventures and author of several best-sellers, including his latest The Art of the Start.

More information, registration and application to pitch at:

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