Monthly Archives:
March, 2015


  1. EthosGen Founder Featured in Keystone Edge

    James Abrams founded EthosGen, which helps the military, large manufacturers, and other companies fill their energy needs without the use of fossil fuels. EthosGen placed in the top 25 of 2,500 companies in Sir Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge last fall. The company will be a Ben Franklin Technology Partners Innovation Award winner at the Continue Reading…

  2. Ben Franklin to Invest $316,100 In Regional Economic Development

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $316,100 in support of regional economic development. BFTP/NEP’s goal is to help lead northeastern Pennsylvania to a better economic future by building partnerships that develop and apply technology for competitive advantage. To achieve this goal, Ben Franklin staff Continue Reading…

  3. Greater Reading Chamber Showcase Features Ben Franklin Clients

    Suburban Water Testing Labs and DeLux Dental  Laboratory interviewed in GRC’s Showcase. View here:

  4. Tech, Health Care Among Hot Fields in Lackawanna County Innovation

    Whether to protect intellectual property with a patent or by treating it as a trade secret is a decision with which many tech ventures similarly wrestle, said Ken Okrepkie, regional manager for BFTP/NEP. Read more:

  5. Wilkes-Barre Incubator Feeds Growth

    The Innovation Center in Wilkes-Barre, a member of the Ben Franklin Incubator Network, has become a hub for technology companies, including many BFTP/NEP clients. Fourteen companies employ more than 120 people in the incubator and occupancy rates continue to increase. Read more:

  6. Highwood USA Featured for Innovation Award Win

    Highwood USA LLC has won the Ben Franklin Technology Partners Innovation Award for entrepreneurial achievement as the company that best exemplifies the quintessential entrepreneurial spirit. Highwood started in 2003 with seven employees in 27,000 square feet. The company plans to add about 12 employees to the 70 it has now, and facility additions in 2008 Continue Reading…

  7. OraSure Wins PA Bio Deal Award

    OraSure Technologies, Bethlehem, won the Pennsylvania Bio 2014 Deal of the Year Award for its national five-year agreement with AbbVie. The collaboration, which was launched last year, brought together the nation’s only federally approved rapid hepatitis C test, by OraSure, with AbbVie’s expertise and leadership in hepatitis C treatment. Read more:

  8. Seeking Clarity on Concussions

    Cerora Inc. is working with Lehigh athletes in clinical studies of brain wave activity to help develop technology that takes the guesswork out of diagnosing concussions. The Cerora Borealis™, a portable device that can be worn as a headset or on Google Glass, measures brain waves and communicates with a computer. Read more:

  1. Vitrius Technologies Founder Featured in Keystone Edge

    The windows in a building are the most energy-inefficient part, the weak link in the chain.  Vitrius’ innovative R-Series Radiant Windows and Enertive Energy Monitoring System work by charging the window with electricity to respond and react with the environment. Read more:

  2. Whitehall’s Dynalene helps industry keep its cool

  3. LifeAire cited in USA Today: The External Factors that Influence IVF Success Rates

    One out of every 6 couples have trouble getting pregnant or carrying a child to term, but innovative reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) are helping more couples start families. A myriad of pathogens—either from a running car outdoors or construction workers repaving a street outside a fertility clinic—can infect the air and Continue Reading…

  4. Dinosaurs Hatching From Allentown Business Incubator

    Architrep’s friendly-looking dinosaurs come in a variety of colors and the origami-like paper dinosaur kits are designed for kids! In December 2014, Architrep relocated from Ben Franklin TechVentures to the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center business incubation program, a member of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network. Read more:

  5. Newest trend in helping infertile couples become families

    The average national pregnancy rates for in vitro fertilization still hover at less than 50 percent. But some new trends are helping to make IVF more effective and more affordable. The LifeAire air purification system tries to mimic the ultra-pure conditions inside a woman’s body. Dr. DiPaola said, “What we’re seeing is the patients that wouldn’t Continue Reading…

  6. Solar Innovations lets the sun shine in

    When ambition meets great design, for Solar Innovations, Inc. the result is a flourishing company that manufactures high-end glazed structures, skylights, windows, and doors. Solar Innovations, in Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, grew 43 percent last year and delivered $26 million in product. Read more:

  7. Third Eye Diagnostics Founder Featured in Keystone Edge

    Soldiers during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered many head injuries, often from exploding I.E.D.s. Eight years later, Dr. Anthony Bellezza and his team have developed Cerepress, a hand-held, non-invasive device that measures intraocular pressure by scanning the back of the eye, allowing personnel in the field — or a nurse in the Continue Reading…

  8. Virterras’s Greenhouse in Northeastern PA Will Deliver Fresh Produce Year-Round

    Virterras, a company that develops sustainable technologies in the energy, food and water industries, is planning a large state-of-the-art hydroponic greenhouse in northeastern Pennsylvania. Virterras chose northeastern Pennsylvania based on the state’s pro-business stance, access to the East Coast U.S. markets and help from Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP). Read more: