Posts by Laura Eppler


  1. New Business Guide for Growth

    Concannon Miller released a new comprehensive resource guide for regional companies with information from 14 organizations including BFTP. The guide provides details on tax credits, grants, special financing, and other business services available. Download here.

  2. BFTP Presents New Annual Report

    BFTP’s long and successful experience in business incubation has been pivotal to the success of dozens of PA companies. Read about it in our new 2016 annual report, Incubating Innovation.

  3. LVstartup Posts December E-newsletter

    The latest issue of LVstartup includes stories on Ben Franklin Venture Idol and BFTP clients OraSure Technologies and Arkados. Read more.

  4. Scranton’s Manufacturing and Technology Evolution

    BFTP’s Ken Okrepkie looked at the Scranton region’s manufacturing and technology sectors and then issued recommendations for adaptation and growth. He tops the list with more investment, and specifically increased access to early-stage capital. Via Northeast PA Business Journal  

  5. OraSure Wins Major International Contract

    OraSure Technologies, Bethlehem, has received an $18 million product supply contract to support a foreign country’s nationwide hepatitis C testing and treatment program with the goal of eliminating hepatitis C virus infection across the country by 2020. More via Lehigh Valley Business.

  6. Executive Leaders Radio – Venture Idol Winners and Fred Beste

    Executive Leaders Radio provides business leader interviews to give listeners a good sense of “what makes success.” Host Herb Cohen interviews BFTP Board Chair Fred Beste and Venture Idol finalists Kevin Langdon, Drew Kearney, and Roger Howell. 11/18/16 show:

  7. Prospering in the Future

    How can people prosper in the future? At BFTP’s annual iXchange on May 17, 2016, speaker Byron Reese presented a keynote on Bold Optimism, in which he addressed how to spot key technologies and identify the macro factors that will drive innovation. Reese shares his perspectives in this eight-part video series. #7 –

  8. Gov. Wolf Announces $1.5 Million in State Funding for Ben Franklin TechVentures Expansion

    Governor Tom Wolf joined Senator Lisa Boscola and Representative Steve Samuelson to announce a $1.5 million state grant to aid in the construction of a 14,500 square-foot expansion to the Ben Franklin TechVentures® (BFTV) technology incubator/post-incubator facility. The new “TechVentures West Wing” will provide crucial support to entrepreneurs and start-ups that help create and retain Continue Reading…

  1. Lesson #4: Don’t Live in Dilbert’s World

    Wayne Barz, manager of Ben Franklin TechVentures, posted the fourth installment in his Keystone Edge series, “Lessons from Incubating Innovation.” He observed that, in an early-stage firm, the transition from being an R&D and product development company to a sales- and marketing-driven company is often a bumpy one . The technically-minded people — who lead most of the Continue Reading…

  2. Appeeling Fruit Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    Appeeling Fruit, Inc., Dauberville, celebrated twenty-five years in the fresh fruit processing business with an open house that included speeches by PA Senator Judy Schwank and PA Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding. Appeeling Fruit’s first customers were bakeries looking for  fresh peeled apple slices to incorporate into their desserts. In the 1990s, Appeeling Fruit began processing fresh, Continue Reading…

  3. Azevan Reports Positive Clinical Study Results for Intermittent Explosive Disorder

    Azevan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced results from the phase 2 exploratory clinical study of the Company’s lead compound, SRX246, in adults with Intermittent Explosive Disorder. The primary endpoint and exploratory goals of the trial were achieved. Read more:

  4. Adhezion Strikes Deal with Pfizer

    Adhezion Biomedical LLC, Wyomissing, announced a long-term agreement with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. for the exclusive distribution rights to Adhezion’s high-strength topical skin adhesives including SurgiSeal, SurgiSeal Stylus, and SurgiSeal Twist line. These products are used for topical wound closure as an alternative to sutures. Read more via Lehigh Valley Business.

  5. Cernostics Receives Initial $1.3M of $5M Follow-On Investment

    Cernostics, an oncology diagnostics company whose unique technology enables “precision medicine,” has received a lead investment of $1.3 million toward its $5 million funding round by Novitas Capital and UPMC Enterprises, the commercialization arm of integrated healthcare system UPMC. Cernostics is a client of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) and resides Continue Reading…

  6. Lesson #3: Your Corporate DNA Evolves With Every Person You Hire.

    Wayne Barz manager of Ben Franklin TechVentures posted the third installment in his Keystone Edge series, “Lessons from Incubating Innovation.” He observed that in an early-stage firm, if you’re the founder, you hire the next person, and then you and that person probably hire the third person, and so on. Good people hire good people. Even after Continue Reading…

  7. Ben Franklin / Lehigh ESC Partnership has Engaged 2,000 Students

    The number of Lehigh University students who have worked with clients of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) in projects through Lehigh University Enterprise Systems Center (ESC) has topped 2,000. The ESC is a key university resource to BFTP/NEP clients that provides pivotal technical expertise and support. Linking regional early-stage technology firms Continue Reading…

  8. Collaboration Helps Add Jobs

    BFTP Client Simplex Industries tapped into connections through BFTP to work with Lehigh University to develop a workable 3-D rendering model for its modular production. “This can be a poster child for successful collaboration among government, academia, and industry,” said Simplex CEO Pat Fricchione. The company is expanding and plans to hire 40. Editorial via Continue Reading…