Exit watch, Aug. 20, 2007

Roche pays $272M for Nimblegen


has completed its $272.5 million acquisition of Nimblegen Systems Inc., a Madison, Wis.-based maker of microarrays for the life sciences market. Nimblegen, which had recently filed for a $75 million IPO, had raised about $66 million in VC funding since 2000. Shareholders include Skyline Ventures, Cargill Ventures, Schott AG, Brookside Capital Partners, Venture Investors, the State of Wisconsin Investment Board and Baird Venture Partners.

Novell buys Senforce


(Nasdaq: NOVL) has acquired Senforce Technologies Inc., a Draper, Utah-based provider of endpoint security management solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. Senforce has raised more than $19 million in VC funding since 2004 from such firms as Thomas Weisel Partners, Rocket Ventures, American River Ventures, vSpring Capital and EsNet Group.

Marchex scoops up startup

Marchex Inc.

(Nasdaq: MCHX) has agreed to acquire VoiceStar Inc., a Philadelphia-based provider of call-based advertising services. The deal is valued at $20 million, including about $12.9 million in cash and $7.1 million in restricted stock. Marchex also is committing to invest an additional $8 million in VoiceStar. VoiceStar had raised just $1 million in VC funding from First Round Capital and Ben Franklin Technology Partners.

Dell buys ZIng


(Nasdaq: DELL) has agreed to acquire Zing Systems Inc., a Mountain View, Calif.-based developer of a mobile entertainment platform. No financial terms were disclosed. Zing has raised more than $13 million in VC funding from Redpoint Ventures and IDG Ventures Boston.

YouGov elects to buy Net pollster

YouGov PLC has acquired Polimetrix Inc., a Palo Alto, Calif.-based provider of technology solutions for polling, for $23 million in cash and stock. YouGov had last year acquired a 32% stake in Polimetrix. Polimetrix had raised $8.13 million in Series A funding last year led by Alloy Ventures. Polimetrix was founded in 2004 by Stanford University Prof. Douglas Rivers.

Emerson acquires software developer


(NYSE: EMR) has acquired Decision Management International Inc., a Bradenton, Fla.-based provider of software and consulting services for companies in FDA-regulated industries. No financial terms were disclosed. DMI has raised about $16 million in VC funding from BancBoston Ventures, Helpern Denny & Co. and MedEquity Investors.

Carlyle sells Cameca to Ametek

The Carlyle Group

has sold Cameca SAS, a French maker of ion and electron probes, to Ametek Inc. (NYSE: AME) for about $112 million. Carlyle Europe Venture Partners bought Cameca in April 2005 for about $25 million, after which Cameca acquired German ion probe manufacturer Atomika.

Unza sold for $246M

Wipro Ltd.

has acquired Unza Holdings Ltd. from Actis and Standard Chartered Private Equity for $246 million. Unza manufactures and markets skin and hair care products for the Southeast Asia market, with manufacturing plants in Malaysia, Vietnam, China and Indonesia. Actis and SCPE co-led a $100 million management buyout of Unza in 2004.

EMC buys Tablus

EMC Corp.

(NYSE: EMC) has agreed to acquire Tablus Inc., a San Mateo, Calif.-based provider of data loss prevention solutions. No financial terms were disclosed for the deal, which is being done via the RSA security division of EMC. Tablus has raised $23 million in VC funding since 2003 from Menlo Ventures and Trident Capital.