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RALEIGH — Crescent State Bank will acquire Engelhard-based ECB Bancorp Inc. for about $51.6 million. The combined company will have about $2 billion of assets, $1.7 billion of deposits, $1.2 billion of loans and 45 branches in the state. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter.
DURHAM — Sentinel Data Centers will build the region’s first multitenant data center targeting large companies. The New York-based company says the 420,000-square-foot building should be completed by early 2013.
CARY — Software company SciQuest acquired Chicago-based Spend Radar, a provider of Web-based spending-analysis software, for about $10 million. That amount could increase by as much as $6 million, depending on Spend Radar’s revenue during the next five quarters.
MORRISVILLE — Contract-research organization Clinipace will purchase Irvine, Calif.-based Paragon Biomedical, another CRO, for an undisclosed amount. It is Clinipace’s third acquisition in 18 months.
CARY — Cliff Bleszinski, Epic Games’ design director, resigned after 20 years with the video-game maker. Bleszinski designed some of the company’s biggest hits, including the Gears of War franchise.
MORRISVILLE — Oxygen Biotherapeutics signed a research-and-development agreement with the U.S. Navy to study the use of its drug Oxycyte in infected wounds. Terms were not disclosed.
CHAPEL HILL — UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp will step down, effective June 30. The decision comes as the university has been hit by scandals that include academic fraud by athletes and its ex-chief fundraiser’s inappropriate use of school planes. The search committee hired Dallas-based R. William Funk & Associates to lead the hunt, which they hope will be completed by spring.