Monthly Archives:
September, 2013


  1. Two Ben Franklin Clients named Emerging Business of the Year Finalists

    EggZack and LifeAire Systems, LLC., both headquartered at Ben Franklin TechVentures®, have been named finalists in the Emerging Business of the Year category in the 2013 Business of the Year awards program. Finalists will be recognized and winners announced at a dinner presented by Lehigh Valley Business on November 18th.

  2. Ben Franklin’s Thomson Named to Sustainable Energy Fund Board

    The Sustainable Energy Fund has announced the appointment of Robert S. Thomson, Ben Franklin’s Regional Manager, Lehigh Valley, to its Board of Directors. Read more:

  3. Ben Franklin Alumnus Acurlite featured in Keystone Edge

    Ron Palombo and his wife Donna Palombo started Acurlite Structural Skylights when his former business was acquired. Since then, they have built Acurlite into a state-of-the-art designer and manufacturer of heavy industrial skylights. Their work can be seen in the entrance of the upscale Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City and in the Continue Reading…

  4. Ben Franklin Alumnus OPTiMO IT Marks Debut on Inc. Magazine’s 5000 List

    OPTiMO Information Technology has earned a place on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing privately held companies in America, and ranked 79th among Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Companies in Pennsylvania.The annual Inc. 5000 list is based on revenue-growth increases over a three-year period. Read more.

  5. Ben Franklin Alumnus Client B. Braun Receives FDA Approval For New Large-Volume Irrigation Containers

    Only 2- and 3-Liter irrigation containers approved in the U.S. that are not manufactured with DEHP.  B. Braun Medical Inc. (B.Braun), a leader in infusion therapy and pain management, announced that it has received FDA approval of 0.9% Sodium Chloride for Irrigation in 2L and 3L containers. The approval initiates B.Braun’s launch of TITAN® XL, a Continue Reading…

  6. Ben Franklin’s Kathy Minnich Named CFO of the Year

       Lehigh Valley Business Named Kathy Ann Minnich CFO of the Year, Nonprofit – Small, at an awards event held on September 19th. Minnich has served as Ben Franklin CFO for 13 years. As a seasoned financial manager and eminently qualified resource to staff, clients, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Minnich is incredibly effective in Continue Reading…

  7. Noble Biomaterials, Maker of X-STATIC® and XT2, Certified as bluesign® System Partner

    Ben Franklin Alumnus Noble Biomaterials, Inc., the global leader in bacterial management solutions and manufacturer of X-STATIC® and X-STATIC®XT2 technologies, announced that it achieved bluesign® system partnership. The bluesign® system partnership will assure manufacturers, retailers and consumers that the production of X-STATIC® and XT2 fibers is environmentally friendly and committed to the contemporary sustainable textile Continue Reading…

  8. Ben Franklin CEO Chad Paul Featured in LVEDC e-newsletter

    Ben Franklin has helped established manufacturers integrate technology into products and processes to make them more competitive globally. Further, many of our early-stage firms become the manufacturers of the future, and grow to be significant regional employers. Read more.

  1. Assessing Your Competitive Landscape…It’s a Forest Out There

     It’s easier to find the path when you see the whole forest. I’m finally going to get a business plan pet peeve off my chest and onto your shoulders.  I’ve decided that I’ve read my last business plan with a “Competition” section that blithely lists a few direct competitors and a factoid or two about Continue Reading…

  2. Ben Franklin Biotech Clients Receive $11,574,461 in Follow-On Funding

    An investment from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners is like a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for early-stage technology firms.  Four biotechnology clients of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania have received a total of $11,574,461 in follow-on funding in federal science-based grants. This funding demonstrates the viability of each client’s market offering Continue Reading…

  3. Ben Franklin Client Skaffl Launches to Help Teachers Get More Out of Mobile Technology in the Classroom

    On September 10th at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, an early-stage, teacher-led education technology startup called Skaffl announced the impending launch of an iPad app that aims to help teachers make better use of technology in the classroom. Its first product, “Braket” allows teachers to plan lessons, manage document workflow in the classroom and streamline communication with students Continue Reading…

  4. Ben Franklin Alumnus Saladax Receives Licenses and Approvals to Expand MyCare™ Clinical Laboratory Testing in CA, RI and MD

    Saladax Biomedical, Inc., a privately held company developing and commercializing novel diagnostic tests that individually optimize a patient’s exposure to chemotherapy, today announced that Saladax Biomedical Laboratories (SBL) has received its licenses from the state-specific Departments of Health for California, Rhode Island and Maryland.  “The SBL CLIA laboratory operations are at the heart of our U.S. commercialization plan Continue Reading…

  5. Ben Franklin Venture Idol Part of Global Entrepreneurship Week

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania will host the first live, simulated crowd funding event in the Lehigh Valley on Thursday, November 21st at Ben Franklin Venture Idol. Ben Franklin Venture Idol is a cross between Shark Tank® and American Idol®, but with great networking and food. Read more.