ClearCount gets $5M to make surgeries safer for patients

ClearCount Medical Solutions, a company that uses RFID chips to count and track surgical sponges, has raised $5 million in a second round of funding. Based in Pittsburgh, Penn., the company’s technology is used to prevent surgeons from leaving sponges in patients during surgical procedures. According to ClearCount, sponges are left behind in one out of every 1,000 to 1,500 intra-abdominal surgeries, and such incidents can lead to infections.

Barcode tagger Stickybits scores $1.6 M in funding

Stickybits, a startup aiming to slap barcodes on real-world objects to link them to virtual information, has raised $1.6 million in additional seed funding on top of earlier $300,000 in initial funding. The company scored some new investors, bringing in First Round Capital and Lowercase Capital, who join previous investors Mitch Kapor and Polaris Venture Partners.