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Penn State Berks to Host Ben Franklin Medical Device Group

The Penn State University Materials Research Institute (MRI) will present at the next meeting of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania Medical Device Group.  The meeting is open to the public and free of charge, and will be held at the Penn State Berks Campus from 8:00 to 9:30 A.M. on Wednesday, March 26th, in Room 121 in the Gaige Engineering Building. 

 David Fecko, Industry Liaison, MRI, will present an overview of the MRI and how its capabilities and services may benefit guests’ organizations. Dr. Jason Moore, Penn State Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will present some of his current projects that include new techniques and tools in the medical industry. Both Fecko and Moore are based at University Park in the new state-of-the-art facility; more information on the MRI is at

 The Greater Reading Economic Partnership (GREP) will provide bus transportation from Reading on Wednesday, May 7th, for individuals interested in touring the labs at the MRI. The trip will complement a formal, public open house that day from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. GREP will have information about the bus trip at the March 26th meeting.

 Individuals interested in attending the Medical Device Group meeting on March 26th should email Connie Faylor, Ben Franklin Greater Reading Regional Manager, at by Wednesday, March 19th. Guests will receive a campus parking pass.

About the Greater Reading Medical Device Group

 The Greater Reading Medical Device Group is comprised of more than 80 individuals representing 40 companies and organizations in the Greater Reading area. Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania formed the consortium in 2001, and has been facilitating meetings since that time. Typically, two to three sessions are coordinated each year.  Ben Franklin has introduced member companies to, and developed applied research and development projects with technology resources at Lehigh University, the Plastics Manufacturing Center at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, and the Emerging Technology Applications Center at Northampton Community College.  

 As a result of relationships formed through the Medical Devices Consortium, several companies have established new customer supplier relationships with each other and are investigating joint marketing opportunities. In addition, companies have gained exposure to academic resources that support product research and innovation.

 Companies have the opportunity to host meetings at their facilities to share their capabilities.  The group has learned from experts in nanotechnology, additive manufacturing, and advanced materials in previous meetings. 

 Individuals who are interested in participating may join Ben Franklin’s medical device group at no cost. There are no limits on the number of individuals who may attend from each company. For additional information, contact Connie Faylor, Ben Franklin Greater Reading Regional Manager, or 610-390-7116.