Bright Capital leads Series A round for FloDesign Sonics

FloDesign Sonics has received $10 million in Series A funding. Bright Capital led the round with participation from investors that included Ventry Industries. Based in Wilbraham, Mass., FloDesign Sonics is a provider of acoustic separation technology.

VC-backed Lending Club raises $115 mln, acquires Springstone for $140 mln

Online credit marketplace Lending Club said Thursday that it has bought Springstone Financial for a consideration of $140 million. To help finance this transaction, Lending Club raised $50 million in debt financing and also $65 million in an equity round from funds and accounts managed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Wellington Management Company, BlackRock and Sands Capital. Based in Westborough, Mass., Springstone Financial is a provider of affordable financing options for consumers seeking to fund private education and medical procedures. Lending Club’s backers include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google Capital, Foundation Capital, Thomvest Ventures, Union Square Ventures, Canaan Partners and Norwest Venture Partners.

American Capital sells SPL to Hepalink

American Capital said Thursday that it has received $210 million from the sale of SPL Acquisition Corp to Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. Headquartered in Waunakee, Wisconsin, SPL Acquisition Corp is the parent company of Scientific Protein Labs, which specializes in cGMP biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

VC-backed Zafgen nabs $20 mln from Oxford and MidCap Financial

Zafgen has secured a $20 million loan from Oxford and MidCap Financial. Based in Cambridge, Mass., Zafgen is a biopharmaceutical company focused on treating severely obese patients. Zafgen’s investors include RA Capital Management, Brookside Capital, Venrock and Alta Partners.

Provista Diagnostics attracts $6 mln

Provista Diagnostics has received $6 million in Series B funding. The investors were not named. Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., Provista is a developer of diagnostic, prognostic and predictive tests for cancers affecting women.

Australian veterinary drug developer Nexvet racks up $31.5 mln

Nexvet Biopharma has closed $31.5 million in Series B financing. Investors included Farallon Capital Management, Adage Capital Partners, Foresite Capital and Tavistock Life Sciences subsidiary fund Boxer Capital. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Nexvet is a veterinary biologic drug developer.

Seidler-backed Sportman’s Warehouse rolls out IPO

Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings, a portfolio company of Seidler Equity Partners, has launched its IPO of 12.5 million shares after pricing it at $9.50 per share. The stock began trading Thursday on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “SPWH.” Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs are the lead underwriters. Based in Midvale, Utah, Sportman’s is an outdoor sporting goods retailer.

Serena Capital and Matrix Partners back Work4

Work4 said Thursday that it has secured $7 million in Series B funding. The investors were Serena Capital and Matrix Partners. In addition to the funding, Xavier Lorphelin, managing partner at Serena Capital, will join Work4′s board of directors. Based in San Francisco and Paris, Work4 is a social and mobile recruiting firm.

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