RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – North Carolina startups raised millions in new deals last week. Plenty of other startup-related news made headlines as well on WRAL TechWire.

Here’s a quick recap of the week’s startup stories (from Jan. 11 to Jan. 15):

Biotech giant Amgen invests after Durham startups combine in healthcare data deal

Excelerate Health Ventures in Durham raising second fund, makes $23M first close

Triangle’s gene therapy hub has another rising star: Atsena, targeting blindness

Walmart’s ecommerce exec is leaving to build ‘a city of the future’

4 NC firms including AvidXchange raise nearly $10M in new cash

VC’s banner year: US set records for exit values, investments, fund-raising in 2020

What a year: NC startup deals top $3.6B, 6th nationally, but Epic deal skews data

Cleantech startup in Durham focusing on desalination lands investors for big seed round

Artificial intelligence startup in Raleigh raises new cash, seeking more

Cary VC firm Cofounders makes biggest deal to date, picking digital marketing firm marGo

For business owners, will second round of PPP loans be a sequel worth watching?

Donald Thompson: Lessons to be learned from destructive leadership

Teaching Startup: Hiring and keeping top talent on a new business budget

Making payroll, raising capital and the adrenaline rush of being a HealthTech CEO, with Ludi’s Gail Peace

Blood pressure to go: Raleigh wearable biometrics firm expands cuffless BP

RTP optics tech firm lands funding from 5 backers, wants more

Pandemic fallout: COVID means these 4 permanent changes for startups

Inside potential $1B deal for Ribometrix: A look at startup’s science, history

Breast reconstruction tech firm wraps up $5M in funding, eyes commercialization

Life science data, imaging business with 2,300 employees launches, has an HQ in Durham

Triangle Startup Guide adds more funding sources for UNC-affiliated ventures

Jan. headliners, part I: 64 upcoming events & program deadlines across Triangle

Jan. headliners, part II: 51 events & deadlines coming up across our state

On the Feb. horizon: STREAM, Black Wings Hacks, SBTDC’s Taking the Leap + more events across NC

Want to network? Check out these 150+ (mostly virtual) meetups in Triangle area

Startup Rewind: American Underground turns 10, startups raise cash + much more news