Monthly Archives:
March, 2013


  1. Magic Johnson joins Ben Franklin Alumnus OraSure on HIV testing campaign

    Basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson this week began a campaign for OraSure Technologies’ OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, the first over-the-counter HIV test that detects HIV antibodies through saliva samples in 20 to 40 minutes. OraQuick received federal approval last July; it hit stores in the fall. Read more:

  2. Ben Franklin Alumnus Client IQE Wins ESTNet Company of the Year

    IQE, the global supplier of wafer products and services to the semiconductor industry, has been honored with the “Company of the Year” title at the inaugural ESTNet awards. IQE is headquartered in Cardiff, Wales with a high-tech manufacturing facility in Bethlehem.  IQE’s products are found in many leading-edge consumer, communication, computing and industrial applications, including Continue Reading…

  3. Ben Franklin to Invest $315,700 In Regional Economic Development

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $315,700 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…

  4. Keystone Edge: TechVentures and Lehigh Valley Angels Join Forces to Nurture Start-Ups

    Much like raising children, it takes a village to nurture business start-ups. So it is that Ben Franklin TechVentures  has announced a new partnership withLehigh Valley Angel Investors.  Read more:

  5. VaxForm, LLC

    VAXFORM, LLC is developing a vaccine to prevent Streptococcus pyogenes, more commonly known as “strep.” Strep is more than a benign childhood disease; it kills more than 500,000 people worldwide each year. In addition to its proprietary vaccines, VaxForm also provides vaccine development services to other companies.    

  6. Ben Franklin Alumnus Particle Sciences Partners with Calvert Labs in Drug Services Pact

    Particle Sciences ( and Calvert Labs have formed an alliance to offer a streamlined solution aimed at expediting preclinical drug development. This partnership will alleviate formulation challenges that often delay entry into preclinical testing by aligning formulation and preclinical experts to identify the problem and provide a solution more quickly. Particle Sciences will work to develop a formulation Continue Reading…

  7. Texas Instruments Lehigh Valley

    TI LEHIGH VALLEY’s technology dramatically increases efficiency in power systems, delivering new levels of system compactness, cost, and performance. Its highly efficient power chip reduces the heat given off by power supplies and redirects that energy to the device being energized. The technology has been designed into hundreds of millions of products offered by world Continue Reading…

  8. Saladax Biomedical, Inc.

    SALADAX BIOMEDICAL, INC. is a diagnostics company that provides kits to test for drug-level adherence and dose management. The company produces MyCare™, sophisticated blood tests that quickly, accurately, and inexpensively determine systemic chemotherapy drug levels that enable oncologists to personalize dosing for optimal results in cancer patients. Saladax is one of two anchor companies at Continue Reading…

  1. Intuidex, Inc.

    INTUIDEX, Inc. develops and deploys data mining and data visualization software for large applications. The company’s software retrieves key pieces of information from narrative text, and extracts and compares the key information. Intuidex’s IxEE platform is being used by the U.S. Air Force, the Port Authority of NY-NJ, and the National Science Foundation.    

  2. Hager Bioscience, LLC

    HAGER BIOSCIENCES, LLC is a preclinical-stage drug discovery company based on innovative medicinal chemistry capabilities that provides sought-after therapeutic leads for unmet medical needs. Hager’s discovery fragment pharmacophore platform, FragPhore®, provides a competitive advantage for the efficient and rapid optimization of a drug candidate’s medicinal chemistry, improvement in pharmaceutical properties, and enhancement of intellectual property. Continue Reading…

  3. Azevan Pharmaceuticals, LLC

    AZEVAN PHARMACEUTICALS LLC develops pharmaceuticals for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) disorders. Its focus has been on stress-related affective illness resulting in anxiety and depression, CNS disorders causing aggression, and female health issues. Its lead compound, SRX246, is in a Phase II clinical trial for treatment of Intermittent Explosive Disorder and other mood Continue Reading…

  4. Ben Franklin Client Map Decisions CEO Named to Drexel 40 Under 40

    Christian Birch, CEO of Map Decisions, LLC (, based in Ben Franklin TechVentures®, Bethlehem, was recognized by Drexel University as in the top 40 Alumni under the age of 40. This is the University’s first ever 40 Under 40 section, intended to recognize the bright, innovative, entrepreneurial minds who are making their mark on the Continue Reading…

  5. Ben Franklin Cited in Annual Morning Call Outlook as Company Attractor

    In the front-page overview of the Annual Morning Call Outlook published on March 10th, Ben Franklin was noted as a factor in attracting companies to the region. “Companies know the benefits of working with such entities as Lehigh University as well as the region’s Ben Franklin Technology Partners team, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp., and Continue Reading…

  6. Ben Franklin Client Infinera Selected for Optical Network in Moscow

    Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN), a leading provider of Digital Optical Networks, and Akado Telecom (trademark of KOMKOR, OJSC.), a major multi-service cable network operator in the Moscow region, announced today the launch of Akado Telecom’s high-speed metro optical network in Moscow and the surrounding region based on the Infinera DTN and ATN platforms. Akado selected Infinera for the flexibility, scalability Continue Reading…

  7. Ben Franklin Client OPTiMO IT Receives IT Supplier Excellence Award

    OPTiMO IT announced that it has received a Supplier Excellence Award from Northrop Grumman Information Systems. The award honors suppliers who have contributed significantly to Northrop Grumman Information Systems and its customers through outstanding performance. OPTiMO IT is a full-service, technology solutions provider to customers throughout the federal and commercial markets. Read More:

  8. Ben Franklin Client Particle Sciences and NETZSCH Premier Technologies Enter into Collaboration

    Particle Sciences, a leading drug delivery CRO, has teamed up with NETZSCH Premier Technologies, a leading manufacturer of wet milling and dispersing equipment, to provide drug developers with improved access to state-of-the-art pharmaceutical nanomilling equipment and full pharmaceutical development capabilities. Read more