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Oracle catches DataFox
Stanford-StartX Fund has exited business intelligence software provider DataFox in an acquisition of undisclosed size by Oracle.
ZoneFox enters Fortinet perimeter
Fortinet has acquired Edinburgh Napier spinout ZoneFox for an undisclosed sum and will integrate the company’s machine learning technology into its own cybersecurity offering.
Big deal: Novartis picks up Endocyte for $2.1bn
Endocyte emerged out of Purdue University in 1996, completed an initial public offering in 2011 and has now agreed to an acquisition by Novartis worth $2.1bn.
NovoEd passes acquisition test
Occupational learning tool developer NovoEd, based on research at Stanford, has been bought by Devonshire Investors after raising $4.8m of series A capital in 2014.
Turnitin marks Gradescope for acquisition
UC Berkeley’s SkyDeck accelerator has secured an exit as schoolwork assessment technology developer Gradescope was acquired by Turnitin.
Medtronic marks Mazor for acquisition
Technion’s robotic surgery business Mazor Robotics has been snapped up by medical device developer Medtronic, which had already invested $72m in the company.
Amicus captures Celenex
Nationwide Children’s Hospital spinout Celenex could fetch as much as $452m upon completion of milestones after progressing rare disease therapies conceived at the hospital’s collaborative program with Ohio State University.
VitalSource exercises Acrobatiq acquisition
Educational content creation platform Acrobatiq spun out from Carnegie Mellon University in 2015 and had been backed by the university's Carnegie Innovations division.
Investcorp cultivates Softgarden
Softgarden, a spinout of Saarland University, has been acquired for Investcorp Technology Partners for an undisclosed sum.
10x engineers Epinomics acquisition
Epigenomics services provider Epinomics, co-founded by Stanford University faculty and alumni, has been bought by 10x Genomics in a transaction which enables StartX to exit.

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