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Halifax Announces the Sale of PJ United to TPG Growth

Jan 16, 2014

The Halifax Group announced today that it has sold PJ United to management and TPG Growth.  Terms of the sale were not disclosed.  PJ United is headquartered in Birmingham, AL and is the nation’s largest franchisee of Papa John’s Pizza with 155 stores in 10 states.

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Animal Supply Company Completes Three Acquisitions

Nov 05, 2013

The Halifax Group announced today that Animal Supply Company, one of the nation's leading pet food and supply distributors, has completed three more acquisitions since July. Animal Supply now covers more than 40 states, represents over 300 pet product manufacturers and delivers to more than 9,000 pet retail stores.

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Animal Supply Company Names George Ristevski as CEO

Nov 05, 2013

Animal Supply Company, the trusted leader in pet food and supplies distribution, today named George Ristevski as Animal Supply’s Chief Executive Officer, effective October 7.  Mr. Ristevski brings more than 30 years of relevant business leadership experience in a variety of industries.

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TransEnterix announces reverse merger with Miami-based SafeStitch Medical

Aug 29, 2013

Just days after closing on a $2 million debt financing round, TransEnterix announced that it will merge with Miami-based SafeStitch Medical (SFES), a publicly-traded disposable medical device company that also specializes in the minimally-invasive surgical techniques pioneered by TransEnterix. TransEnterix CEO and Founder Todd Pope will lead the surviving entity.

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Sharecare Announces Acquisition of BACTES

Jul 01, 2013

Sharecare, the leading online health and wellness engagement platform, today announced the acquisition of BACTES, a provider of Release of Information and audit management services. BACTES is a leader in fulfilling medical record requests for thousands of healthcare providers across the United States, from small medical practices to large hospital systems.

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Revolution Dancewear Aquires Top Industry Online Resource Center DanceStudioOwner.com

Jun 05, 2013

Revolution Dancewear, the leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of dancewear, costumes and footwear to dance studios, today announced that it has acquired DanceStudioOwner.com, a leading industry online resource center for dance studio owners. Combined, the companies will be able to further their mutual goals to help studio owners improve studio management, save time, increase business efficiency, attract students and become more profitable while balancing their desires to grow artistically and maintain their passion for dance.

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Kenan-Flagler Private Equity Fund Invests in pure barre

Apr 15, 2013

We are pleased to announce that the Kenan-Flagler Private Equity Fund has partnered with WJ Associates (Spartanburg, SC) in a recent equity investment in pure barre. Headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina, pure barre is a franchisor of barre studios teaching the pure barre technique, a safe, non-impact (does not place harmful stress on joints or muscles) total body workout that targets “problem” areas for females (thighs, abs, and seats) by fusing elements of ballet, Pilates and resistance training. Pure barre represents a high free cash flow and EBITDA margin business that employs a successful franchise model. We are impressed with pure barre’s market leadership and first-mover advantage in the barre fitness segment, and the Company has seen a period of rapid growth (4 locations in 2008 vs. 70 in 2011 vs. 110+ 2012). 

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Clearside Biomedical, Inc. Names Rafael V. Andino Vice President, Product Development

Feb 25, 2013

Clearside Biomedical, Inc., a privately held ophthalmic company developing and commercializing targeted therapeutics for the treatment of sight-threatening diseases, today announced Rafael V. Andino has been named to the position of Vice President, Product Development. Rafael brings decades of extensive industry experience and will play an integral roll in the developing leadership team at Clearside.

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Tampa Bay Surgeons Make Switch to SPIDER to Offer Virtually Scarless Weight-Loss Procedure

Jan 23, 2013

Surgeons at Sun Coast Bariatrics are the first in the Tampa Bay area to offer a single-incision sleeve gastrectomy procedure using TransEnterix’s SPIDER technology for patients seeking to lose weight. The SPIDER Surgical System’s expansion ability and flexible instruments are proprietary technologies created by TransEnterix; they won’t be found in any other system.

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Kenan-Flagler Student-Run Private Equity Fund Adds New Members for Class of 2014

Jan 17, 2013

The UNC Kenan-Flagler Private Equity Fund is pleased to announce the addition of seven new student managers. Three student managers (Associates) are from UNC’s undergraduate Class of 2014 and four (Directors) are from the Kenan-Flagler full-time MBA Class of 2014.This year’s class of managers was selected from a competitive pool of over sixty applicants and will begin work on the Fund immediately.

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Clearside Biomedical Announces Plans for Clinical Testing of CLS1001

Jan 15, 2013

Clearside Biomedical, Inc., a privately held ophthalmic company developing and commercializing targeted therapeutics for the treatment of sight threatening diseases, announced on January 15th that clinical testing can proceed for its Investigational New Drug CLS1001, which is designed to treat sympathetic ophthalmia, temporal arteritis, uveitis and ocular inflammatory conditions.

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Animal Supply Expands Into East With Purchase of Summit Pet

Jan 10, 2013

Seattle-based Animal Supply Co. acquired another distributor in early January, expanding into the East Coast with the addition of Summit Pet Product Distributors. The company’s warehouse and delivery systems caught the attention of Animal Supply chairman Randy Reber, who said the facilities ensure accuracy and on-time delivery. The Greensboro, N.C.-based company distributes pet food and pet products throughout North and South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania. 

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Sharecare Announces In-Depth Health and Wellness Video Series

Jan 10, 2013

Sharecare, an interactive health and wellness social platform providing access to expert-developed answers, health information and programs, launched “HealthMakers 250: Conversations on the Leading Edge”, a network-quality video series that features in-depth interviews with leading health and wellness luminaries and innovators. Developed by Richard Sergay, a 30-year veteran journalist formerly with ABC News, HealthMakers 250 is accessible via Sharecare’s newly designated HealthMakers 250 video channel and will consist of an online library of 2,000+ videos upon completion. Prominent health figures recently interviewed include: Drs. Mehmet Oz, Andrew Weil, David Agus, Francis Collins, Michael Roizen, Dean Ornish, Deepak Chopra, Leslie Saxon.

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Revolution Dancewear Now Available to European Studio Dance Community

Dec 19, 2012

Revolution Dancewear today announced in December that it has begun distribution of its dancewear and recital costume lines in Europe just three months after it acquired Dance Direct, the largest online retailer of dance apparel in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe.

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XLA Named to SmartCEO’s Future 50 List

Dec 07, 2012

For the second consecutive year, XLA was named one of SmartCEO’s Future 50. The list recognizes the Greater Washington area’s fastest-growing companies based on employee and revenue growth over the past three years.

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North American Video Selected to Manage Video Security for New Casino

Dec 03, 2012

North American Video has won a mandate to oversee the installation and integration of a complex security system for the new Maryland Live! casino located between Baltimore and Washington D.C. NAV first learned of the opportunity with Maryland Live! back when Maryland was considering allowing gaming in the state. “NAV has a formal process for tracking large gaming opportunities. This opportunity has been in our pipeline since the initial stages of gaming approval in Maryland,” says Company President and CEO Jason Oakley.

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Aptiv Solutions Opens New Office in North Carolina as Growth Continues

Nov 29, 2012

Aptiv Solutions, a biopharmaceutical and medical device development services company, and the leader in adaptive clinical trial design, simulation and execution, is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Durham, North Carolina. Aptiv Solutions and its subsidiary Trio Clinical Resourcing previously resided in separate offices in Raleigh and Morrisville, and this new location in the Imperial Center gives the company more intimate access to Research Triangle Park and the entire Triangle market.

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iRhythm Announces $1.5 Million Investment by California Healthcare Foundation

Nov 20, 2012

iRhythm Technologies, Inc., a medical device, service and technology company that develops and markets simple, innovative diagnostic monitoring solutions, today announced that the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) has made a $1.5 million investment in the Company to support the study and use of the Zio® Patch ambulatory cardiac rhythm monitor in public hospital, outpatient and rural settings. Alongside this investment, CHCF is also planning to fund studies at two California safety net hospital systems to research levels of patient and provider satisfaction, cost effectiveness and diagnostic efficacy of the iRhythm solution.

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APEX Analytix Awarded for Customer Service

Nov 14, 2012

APEX Analytix has been named “Best Customer Service Company” by the North Carolina Technology Association for 2012. This is the third consecutive year that the company, headquartered in Greensboro, NC, has won an award from the NCTA.

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Clearside Biomedical: Early Rabbit Studies Prove Positive

Aug 04, 2012

Early results from Clearside Biomedical’s rabbit studies are positive, with researchers finding that microneedle injections are achieving their intended purpose in rabbit eyes. The company intends to expand tests to humans after further studies. 

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Clearside Biomedical Closes $4mm Venture Financing

Feb 16, 2012

Ophthalmic startup Clearside Biomedical and Hatteras Venture Partners announced they have launched the company with a $4,000,000 Series A venture financing to fund the initial development of Clearside Biomedical’s ocular microinjection platform and initial clinical testing of Clearside Biomedical’s lead product for Macular Edema and Retinal Vein Occlusion. Clearside Biomedical’s proprietary ocular microinjection platform has been designed to non-surgically deliver drugs to an area of the eye referred to as the suprachoroidal space which allows a novel way of dosing of therapeutics to the tissues of the posterior segment of the eye and retina.

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Z Capital and James Zenni provide $100K grant to UNC Kenan-Flagler

Feb 14, 2012

Z Capital Partners and James J. Zenni have provided a $100,000 grant to the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. The grant will support PE education for MBA and undergraduate business students.

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Sharecare Announces $14mm Equity Raise

Jan 24, 2012

Sharecare announced a $14 million growth equity financing led by Galen Partners.  The proceeds of the financing will enable Sharecare to accelerate the development of innovative programs, services and tools that foster healthier living and unite people across the healthcare continuum to deliver and receive optimal care.  Sharecare also acquired The Little Blue Book (TLBB) from Galen Partners as part of the deal, and Jeff Arnold will expand his role as CEO. 

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iRhythm Technologies, Inc. Raises Additional $7 Million in Series C Equity Round

Oct 23, 2011

iRhythm Technologies, Inc., a medical device company that develops and markets simple, innovative diagnostic monitoring solutions, announced it has raised an additional $7 million in its Series C private equity financing, led by new investor Kaiser Permanente Ventures. The Company also announced that Sam Brasch, Director of Kaiser Permanente Ventures, has joined iRhythm’s Board of Directors.

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At UNC’s Kenan-Flagler, real dollars keep students on their toes

Jun 20, 2011

When students at Kenan-Flagler learn about investing, they don’t do it hypothetically. They do it with real money - $12 million, in fact.  Leaders of the business school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offer students the real world experience of going out and raising real capital, investing in real companies and realizing real gains - or losses.

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TransEnterix beefs up SPIDER with stronger new generation

May 21, 2011

In less than a year of launching its first generation SPIDER (single port instrument delivery extended reach) surgical system, TransEnterix is already launching its second generation of the SPIDER, and the instruments that accompany it, based on user feedback from the first.

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iRhythm Technologies completes series C financing

May 06, 2011

iRhythm Technologies, Inc., a medical device company that develops and markets simple, innovative diagnostic monitoring solutions, announced it has raised $15 million in a Series C private equity financing, which was led by new investor New Leaf Venture Partners (NLV Partners). 

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ArtusLabs attracts big buyer

Mar 26, 2011

Upstart ArtusLabs has been acquired by a giant publicly traded company that is counting on the Durham company’s technology to provide customers greater access to scientific data.

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KFBSF Private Equity Fund II LP Holds Final Close At $3.1 Million

Nov 15, 2010

UNC Kenan-Flagler’s student-run private equity fund held the final close of KFBSF Private Equity Fund II LP on Oct. 15, with $3.1 million in commitments.

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Best Private Equity Business Schools

Nov 03, 2010

UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School ranks as one of the nation’s best business schools for private equity, led by the Kenan-Flagler Private Equity Fund.

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Kenan-Flagler Private Equity announces Fund II

Apr 21, 2010

Students at the Kenan-Flagler Business School build upon the successes of Kenan-Flagler Private Equity Fund I with the first close of Fund II.

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Equity fund offers real-life experience

Jun 08, 2009

A private equity fund at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School is giving students hands-on experience in operating a private investment fund. 

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Students Manage Million Dollar Private Equity Fund

Jun 05, 2009

It’s hard to find a silver lining in the tough economy right now, but for students at the University of North Carolina Business School, it is a learning opportunity.

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At UNC, biz students practice with real money

May 26, 2009

Think a final exam brings pressure? How about managing $1.3 million in other people’s money?

At UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, students are learning about real-world investing with real money.

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Cardiac monitor maker iRhythm looks to insiders for $6.5M

May 15, 2009

iRhythm Technologies, maker of a recently-launched cardiac monitoring device, has raised an additional $6.5 million in a first round of funding from existing investors, bringing the two-year-old round’s total to $19 million. Based in San Francisco, the company will use the money to more widely market its product after getting the Food and Drug Administration’s stamp of approval earlier this year. 

It should be enough to push iRhythm to break even, the company says. All of its past investors participated in the extension, including Mohr Davidow Ventures, Synergy Life Science Partners, UNC Kenan-Flagler Private Equity Fund and Stanford University. The device, called the Zio, was developed at Stanford.

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iRhythm Raises $6.5 Million

May 15, 2009

iRhythm Technologies Inc., a San Francisco-based developer of a cardiac monitoring device, has raised $6.53 million in new VC funding, according to a regulatory filing. Return backers include Mohr Davidow Ventures, Synergy Life Science Partners, Stanford University and the UNC Kenan-Flagler Private Equity Fund. 

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UNC Kenan-Flagler Private Equity Fund only one managed by students

May 13, 2009

A private equity fund at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School is giving students hands-on experience in operating a private investment fund.

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Kenan-Flagler Private Equity Fund First and Only One Managed by Students

May 13, 2009

A private equity fund at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School is giving students hands-on experience in operating a private investment fund. 

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Kenan-Flagler Business School Foundation raises private equity fund and makes first investment

Feb 22, 2008

UNC-Chapel Hill and the Kenan-Flagler Business School Foundation announced a $1.6 million initial closing of its first Real Estate Investment Fund. The fund is a student-run private equity fund that invests in real estate development projects. Also, its private equity fund raised $1 million and made its first investment in TransEnterix, a medical-device startup company.

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Kenan-Flagler Students Set Up Investment Funds

Jan 25, 2008

Students at the Kenan-Flagler Business School are getting some real world investment experience in private equity and real estate in both fund raising and investments.

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MBA is the best bet for equitable futures

Jan 24, 2008

Private equity has a glamorous image but getting a job at a top firm is notoriously tough, so it’s important to maximise your chances

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