1. Arkados Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire SolBright Renewable Energy

    Combination will expand the energy services business into solar and open significant customer opportunities for Industrial Internet of Things solutions Arkados Group, Inc. (OTC: AKDS), which conducts its core research and development activities at Ben Franklin TechVentures®, Bethlehem, has signed a letter of intent to acquire the assets of SolBright Renewable Energy, LLC, a renewable Continue Reading…

  2. Lesson #8: Don’t Believe the Hype

    Wayne Barz, manager of Ben Franklin TechVentures, posted the eighth installment in his series, “Lessons from Incubating Innovation.” Not every hot new thing goes mainstream, so avoid the hype cycle and instead push innovators to adopt your tech-driven product. More via Keystone Edge:    

  3. Bridgeworks Incubator Companies Increasing Revenues and Hiring

    Resident companies in the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center, Allentown, a member of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network, increased revenues nearly 15% and employment 11% in one year. Via Lehigh Valley Business:

  4. Micro Interventional Devices Wins Top Cardiovascular Innovation Award

    Micro Interventional Devices, Inc™ won the “Top Cardiovascular Innovation Award” for its MIA™ product at the CRT 2017, which is one of the world’s leading interventional cardiology conferences. More:

  5. LVstartup Posts March E-newsletter

    Includes stories on BFTP news and client and alumni company news.

  6. viihealth Announces Acquisition of Hubdata

    Ben Franklin TechVentures-based viihealth, Inc., a next-generation Customer Engagement Company dedicated to helping global Life Science clients improve business results, has acquired Hubdata SARL, a France-based provider of leading edge decision analytics SaaS solutions. More:

  7. OraSure Receives Key Global Health Endorsement

    OraSure Technologies has earned a key global health agency endorsement of its OraQuick HIV Self-Test, a critical step in expanding the market for the diagnostic tool outside the U.S., especially in developing countries. The classification allows entities using funding from The Global Fund or UNITAID to purchase the test for 12 months while OraSure pursues Continue Reading…

  8. Ben Franklin Announces iXchange Award Winners

    Winners to be Honored at May 9th iXchange Event  The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has announced the winners of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Innovation Awards. Winners will be honored at the Ben Franklin iXchange event, which will be held at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 9th at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh Continue Reading…

  1. Grovara is in the Business of Boosting Exports

    TechVentures-based Grovara is developing a web-based platform to facilitate international distribution. The goal: connect small- and medium-size American companies with international buying partners by lowering the global trade barriers companies often encounter. Via Morning Call:   

  2. eventuosity Partners with AMP for Event Tech Live

    eventuosity, LLC, Bethlehem and A.M.P Events Limited, London, have partnered, making eventuosity the exclusive event planning and management application of A.M.P.’s live programming, including its annual Event Tech Live conference and exposition. This will automate and standardize the management of event logistics, reducing the cost and time required for event production. More

  3. Could New York Tech Company’s move to Allentown Signal a Trend?

    “They need access to talent, manageable costs and capital, and they can get all of that there in Allentown,” said Wayne Barz, Ben Franklin Manager of Entrepreneurial Services. “If they’re successful, others will come. That’s how this usually works. A lot will be riding on their success.” Via Morning Call:

  4. OraSure Sees Second Profitable Year

    Bethlehem’s OraSure Technologies Inc. has posted a second profitable year, with $128.2 million in net revenue for 2016, a 7 percent improvement from last year. OraSure is a developer, manufacturer and distributor of diagnostic collection devices, including the OraQuick platform for rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing. Last year, it received government contracts to study Continue Reading…

  5. RantNetwork to Provide Mobile-Based Interpretation Services to Humanitarian Aid Workers

    Jewish Family & Children’s Services has selected RantNetwork’s mobile app “OPI Translate” to support its growing multilingual translation and interpretation needs in assisting migrants and refugees around the world. More:

  6. Jump Start Incubator Celebrates Five Years

    Dozens of Berks County entrepreneurs who got their start in the Jump Start Incubator, a member of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network, were among the crowd of well-wishers in Reading to celebrate the organization’s fifth-year anniversary. Via Lehigh Valley Business:

  7. Cernostics on Cover of AACR Journal

    Cernostics’ latest clinical validation paper evaluated the performance of its TissueCypher in detecting prevalent esophageal cancer otherwise missed by standard pathology. Images from the study appear on the cover of the February issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention:

  8. Noble Biomaterials’ Silver-Bonded Clothing Could Electrify Wearables

    A new smart clothing solution allows for biometric readings such as ECG and EMG, and can also conduct electrical power for devices. The key to the solution is Noble Biomaterials’ Circuitex technology, which bonds pure silver – a highly conductive element – to the fabric’s surface.  More: