Posts by Diane


  1. PA Glassworks Has New Way to Make More Creative, Less Costly Glass

    Pennsylvania Glassworks Co., Reading, will launch this fall in Reading with support from BFTP. Founder James “JJ” Riviello, a glassmaker for more than 25 years, designed and built many of the innovative machines for the glassmaking process, using a proprietary new and more efficient method to cast glass into molds using computer technology. Via Lehigh Continue Reading…

  2. Saladax Submits its Rapid Blood Test for Determining Medication Adherence to FDA

    Saladax Biomedical Inc. submitted a De Novo classification request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the MyCare Psychiatry™ Total Risperidone Assay Kit. The tests will let medical personnel identify levels of antipsychotic drugs in a patient’s body in one hour, enabling them to better assess patient adherence, which is a critical unmet need. Continue Reading…

  3. Play Impossible Lands Retail Deal with Apple, Partners with NFL Players, Raises Cash

      Play Impossible, creator of the Gameball sensor-infused smart inflatable ball that links to a smartphone app and lets people play different physical games, has announced an additional $1.25 million in new funding from existing investors Two Sigma Ventures, Hardware Club, and Ben Franklin Technology Partners. It also has a new strategic investor: OneTeam Collective, the Continue Reading…

  4. Saladax Signs Licensing Agreement with Janssen for Antipsychotic Drug Testing Patents

    Saladax Biomedical, Inc. signed a license agreement with Janssen Pharmaceutica, NV, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, providing Saladax with worldwide exclusive patent rights for diagnostic tests that determine drug levels in patients undergoing treatment with antipsychotic medications. A major issue in treating patients with mental health disorders is that psychiatrists Continue Reading…

  5. Wolf Administration Hosts Business RoundTable/Demo at TechVentures

    On June 26, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin demonstrated Governor Wolf’s new PA Business One-Stop Shop, a tool designed to help entrepreneurs in all stages of starting and running a business, at Ben Franklin TechVentures. Secretary Davin also hosted a roundtable discussion that included Ben Franklin client companies, to Continue Reading…

  6. LifeAire Earns European CE Certification for Its Patented Air Purification

    LifeAire Systems earned CE Mark certification for its proprietary line of in-duct air purification technologies, facilitating the introduction of the transformational technology into the European healthcare market. LifeAire Systems’ technology provides continuous filtration and inactivation of 99.99% of biological and chemical contaminants in the air. More:

  7. BFTP in LVEDC’s Lehigh Valley Startup

    The June edition of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation’s e-newsletter includes stories on Ben Franklin’s investments, clients, and events –

  8. Distraction Expert Presents at Ben Franklin iXchange

    Three minutes. That’s the average amount of time we work uninterrupted by email, social media, colleagues, phone calls, and other distractions, according to Ben Franklin iXchange keynote speaker Curt Steinhorst. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) hosted its annual iXchange at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University in Bethlehem on Tuesday Continue Reading…

  1. Ben Franklin iXchange: We want your feedback!

    Thank you for registering for last night’s Ben Franklin Technology Partners iXchange. We hope you found it enjoyable and worthwhile. We request that you complete a brief post-event survey at so that we can continue to improve our event. Please forward this note to your guests. Thank you in advance for your input.

  2. Play Impossible Gameball in Wall Street Journal List

    Play Impossible’s Gameball was included in the Weekend Wall Street Journal’s 50 new twists on old summer traditions – Gears and Gadgets listing, published on May 20.

  3. Viddler Targets Healthcare and Training Industries

    Viddler Inc. of Bethlehem, a creator of online video software for business training, has quietly and successfully built an impressive list of big-name clients. The Bethlehem company’s clients include Amazon and The Walt Disney Co. Via Lehigh Valley Business: 

  4. Bioscience Announces Expansion

    Bioscience, Inc., Allentown, has expanded to 20,000 sf of offices, laboratories, and manufacturing space in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park III. The company, one of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator’s first clients, is an ISO-certified provider of innovative waste and wastewater treatment biotechnology solutions in industrial, commercial, and agricultural settings. More: 

  5. Ben Franklin to Invest $695,000 in Regional Companies

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $695,000 NEW 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…

  6. TRuCapSol Expands into Bridgeworks

    TruCapSol, LLC, is a microencapsulation company that produces environmentally friendly capsules, utilizing patented processes that decrease waste and improve the effectiveness of customers’ formulations. The company began in Ben Franklin TechVentures and is scaling up production in AEDC’s Bridgeworks Enterprise Center, a member of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network. R&D will remain in TechVentures. Continue Reading…

  7. BFTP Manager Presents at PEDA Conference

    BFTP Manager of Entrepreneurial Services Wayne Barz presented “Equity Financing — Investing in Companies With Negative Cash Flow,” at the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association Spring Conference. The presentation described Ben Franklin’s support of early-stage firms and how that investment is leveraged to attract follow-on funding from other investors. More: 

  8. LVEDC Posts Lehigh Valley Startup

    The May edition of LVEDC’s e-newsletter includes stories on BFTP client LifeAire Systems, BFTP’s latest funding round, teamwork as key to economic development, and iXchange –