Short takes on the week's announcements and deals.


McLean-based newspaper USA Today said its Sports Media Group has acquired New York-based digital sports media outlets Fantasy Sports Ventures and Big Lead Sports. Terms were not disclosed; however, McLean-based Gannett, which owns USA Today, already owned a minority stake in Fantasy Sports Ventures.

Fairfax-based education technology company Datatel has been merged with SunGard Higher Education, a unit of Wayne, Pa.-based SunGard Data Systems. Under the $1.78 billion cash deal, San Francisco-based private equity firm Hellman & Friedman acquired SunGard Higher Education and combined with portfolio company Datatel. The newly formed company will be temporarily known as Datael+SGHE.

McLean-based IT staffing company Digital Intelligence Systems said it will acquire the assets of East Hanover, N.J.-based information management company Conversion Services International. Terms were not disclosed.


McLean-based IT staffing and consulting firm Digital Intelligence Systems said it has opened an office in Geneva.

Fairfax-based IT company Salient Federal Solutions has opened a talent operations center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Tysons Corner-based military contractor A-T Solutions has opened an office in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Reston-based interactive agency Siteworx has opened an office in Chicago.


Reston-based local product search engine Goodzer has raised $650,000 in new funding.

Chevy Chase-based venture capital firm New Enterprise Associations has led a $30.1 million round of funding for Dutch biopharmaceutical firm Prosena.

McLean-based mobile security tech company SpydrSafe Mobile Security has received $50,000 from the Herndon-based Center for Innovative Technology’s GAP Funds.

Rockville-based pharmaceutical firm EntreMed said it has received $10 million through the sale of convertible notes.

Leesburg-based RecargaX, a developer of a network that allows prepaid wireless customers to pay their bills and top-up prepaid accounts, has received $200,000 from the Herndon-based Center for Innovative Technology’s GAP Funds.

Tysons Corner-based drug manufacturer Cel-Sci said it has raised $5.76 million by selling 16 million shares to an unidentified investor. The company said it plans to use the money for administrative expenses and cancer drug clinical trials.

Middleburg-based Pong Research, a developer of cell phone cases designed to protect users from radiation, has raised $2.5 million from an undisclosed investor, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Name changes

District-based education software maker LearningGuide Solutions said it has changed its name to Ontuitive.

Reston-based Podmilsak Group, which provides geospatial and datacenter services, said it has changed its name to Pgtek.


Silver Spring-based pharmaceutical company United Therapeutics announced it has received approval in France for the intravenous use of its Remodulin therapy for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Rockville-based pharmaceutical company Neuralstem announced it has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to advance to Phase Ib in its ongoing clinical trial to test its neuroregenerative compound NSI-189 for the treatment of major depressive disorder.

— Compiled by Shawn Selby