Even in tough economic times, Wisconsin tech-based firms are attracting investors, finding partners and moving their products and services to market. Here is a round-up of recent company news.

*  Alice.com has raised $6 million from private investors, mostly to Wisconsin, bring its total to $10 million for the year. Alice runs a Web site through which manufacturers can sell household good directly to consumers. 

*  BioSystem Development completed an investment round that included $1 million in funding and $350,000 in equipment.
Central Signal secured a $700,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant.

EraGen Biosciences Inc., which makes genetic tests, has formed a strategic partnership with Illumina Inc., a San Diego maker of high-speed genetic analysis equipment.

*  Eso-Technologies, Inc. raised  $1 million from DaneVest Fund and Phenomenelle Angels Fund.
*  Idle Free Systems raised $1.3 million from undisclosed investors.

Lake Resources-Iron Clads, an outdoor product manufacturing company that produces soft-bait fishing lures, announced it has raised $100,000 from private equity investors. The company had previously raised $375,000.

*  Michelle’s Miracle raised $750,000 from Phenomenelle Angels Fund, Fisher Properties and Cherry Growers Inc.
Mithridion Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing drugs for serious Central Nervous System disorders, announced progress in its development of oral drugs for Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia.
*  NanoMedex Pharmaceuticals has received a $2.23 million Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health to complete clinical development of its first drug, Microfol.
Prodesse Inc., a Waukesha biotech firm, was sold to Gen-Probe Inc. in San Diego for $60 million.
*  RedPrairie filed for an Initial Public Offering.

*  Soft Switching Technologies raised $2.5 million from undisclosed investors.
*  Stemina Biomarkers raised a $1 million round from DaneVest Fund, Wisconsin Investment Partners and Phenomenelle Angels Fund.
*  Tesla Laboratories Inc. continues work on a $600,000 SBIR grant from the Department of Defense.

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