Two venture capital deals – one in North Carolina, one in Georgia — pushed the region’s VC total passed the $200 million mark.

But the Carolinas and Georgia remain far behind the pace of 2002. Through the first quarter last year, VC fund-raising topped $300 million.

STI Knowledge in Atlanta landed $14 million in its first venture financing.

Arsenal Digital Solutions in Cary closed on $10.5 million — its fourth round of funding.

(If LTW has missed a deal, please notify Managing Editor Rick Smith via e-mail, ).

Here is LTW’s exclusive list, which will be updated and published each Monday, for the three-state area:

Investment size; company; focus; location; investors

1. $63.5 million; New South Communications; telecommunications; Greenville, SC; Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts; Wachovia Partners; Quadrangle Group; Vaxa Corporate Partners; M/C Ventures.

2. $24.5 million; TransTech Pharma; High Point, NC; pharmaceutical; MacAndrews & Fowles, Novo Nordisk A/S and Caphalon

3. $15.5 million; Prenova; services; Atlanta; Frontenac, Austin Ventures, River Cities Capital.

4. $14 million; Targacept; biotech; Nomura International, Oxford Bioscience Partners, JAFCO, Cogene Biotech Ventures, Bison Capital, Rock Castle Ventures; 2nd

4. $14 million; STI Knowledge; software and services; Atlanta; Satish Sanan (individual), BV-Cornerstone Ventures, Mellon Ventures; 1st.

6. $11 million; nuBridges; software; Atlanta; C&B Capital, GMT Capital, Noro-Moseley, hf Flagship Investments, Tycho and Marie Hawle Foundation plus 24 individuals.

7. $10.5 million; Arsenal Digital Solutions; storage management; Cary; Covestco, Southeast Interactive technology Funds, Southern Cross Capital; 4th.

8. $9.8 million; Stemco; biotech; Aurora Funds, Intersouth Partners, Becton Dickinson Ventures, Trelys Venture Partners, Tall Oaks Capital.

9. $8.5 million; OrthoNeuro; Charlotte; specialty hospital; New Enterprise Associates.

10. $7 million; Venetica; software; Charlotte; Charles River Ventures, General Catalyst Partners; 1st

11. $6.2 million; Brickstream Corporation; software; Columbia Capital and Mohr Davidow Ventures; 1st

12. $5 million; Lancope; security; Atlanta; HIG Ventures, GMG Capital Partners; 2nd

12. $5 million; Oculan; networking; Soros Equity Partners.

14. $3.3 million; Q1 Labs; Atlanta; software; Business Development Bank of Canada, New Brunswick Investment Management Corp.; 1st

15. $3 million; Flexlight; Atlanta; optics/networking; Coral Ventures, Concord Ventures; 2nd

16. $2.1 million; Qcept; Atlanta; manufacturing; Pittco Capital Partners, Atlanta Technology Ventures, Bergman & Associates.

17. $2 million; Relativity; Cary, NC; software; Wakefield Group, Noro-Moseley

18. $1.6 million; RSS Solutions; Greenville, NC; software; Edgestone Capital Partners.

19. $1.5 million; LiveWire Logic; Morrisville, NC; software and services; Research Triangle Ventures, Gray Ventures

20. $1.3 million; Tranzyme; RTP; biotech; Research Triangle Ventures, Paradigm Venture Partners, Green & Associates. Pacific Rim Ventures