Monthly Archives:
November, 2013


  1. Crowdfunding, Action Video and Body Temperature… Oh My!

    Blog on Lehigh Valley Tech’s Startup Weekend event that was held November 15-17 at Ben Franklin TechVentures. The event winner, Impatient, advanced to the Ben Franklin Venture Idol event held on November 21. Read more.

  2. Pivitec Wins Ben Franklin Venture Idol

    First Northeastern PA-Based Crowdfunding Event   Pivitec, LLC won Ben Franklin Venture Idol, hosted by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania on Thursday, November 21. The event was held at the Innovation Institute in Ben Franklin TechVentures®, the award-winning technology incubator/post-incubator on Lehigh University’s Mountaintop Campus. Ben Franklin Venture Idol is like a cross Continue Reading…

  3. Ben Franklin Alumnus OraSure Technologies Announces New Agreement with Thermo Fisher Scientific

    OraSure Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSUR) has reached an agreement with Thermo Fisher Scientific to develop and supply up to 12 homogenous fully automated oral fluid drugs of abuse assays to be used with a new Intercept® oral fluid specimen collection device. OraSure’s current Intercept® Oral Fluid Drug Testing System was the first FDA-cleared in-vitro diagnostic laboratory-based Continue Reading…

  4. Founder of Ben Franklin Alumnus Viddler Profiled in Keystone Edge

    At about the same time YouTube was getting started, Donna DeMarco and her business partner had an idea for technology that would allow people to interact with videos for educational purposes. Read more.

  5. Ben Franklin client Azevan is developing novel treatments for stress, mood and behavioral disorders

    The company’s most advanced compound, SRX246, a treatment for intermittent explosive disorder, will begin phase-two, clinical trials in the first quarter of 2014. Azevan is also developing treatment for anger, aggression and impulse control disorders, which often spring from traumatic brain injury, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and personality disorders. Read more.

  6. Lehigh Valley Business: Network Backs Regional Entrepreneurs

    The Lehigh Valley Angel Investors Network is looking for new partners to expand its portfolio and provide stronger investment opportunities to entrepreneurs throughout the region. Ben Franklin has been hosting the group at Ben Franklin TechVentures for more than a year. “Hosting the Lehigh Valley Angel Investors Network ties in with Ben Franklin’s work to Continue Reading…

  7. Co-Founder of Ben Franklin Alumnus Saladax Named National Entrepreneurial Winning Woman

    Adrienne Choma, Esq., Co-Founder of Saladax Biomedical, Inc. is among just 12 winners nationwide of the EY 2013 class of Entrepreneurial Winning Women. This is a national competition and ongoing executive leadership program that identifies high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale. Saladax Biomedical is a post-incubator company located at Ben Franklin Continue Reading…

  8. ‘Innovate in PA’ Highlighted at Senate Policy Hearing

    Chad Paul, President and CEO of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Mike Gausling, Managing Partner of Originate Ventures and Co-Founder of Ben Franklin Alumnus OraSure Technologies, testified at a Senate Policy Hearing on “Innovate in PA.” Innovate in PA delivers new investment of nearly $100 million in vital and growing technology-based Continue Reading…

  1. Ben Franklin Hosts PA House Manufacturing Caucus

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) hosted the Pennsylvania House Manufacturing Caucus at its Ben Franklin TechVentures® headquarters on Lehigh University’s campus on Thursday afternoon, November 14. More than a dozen elected officials and state dignitaries toured the award-winning, technology-based incubator/post-incubator facility, stopping at resident company XiGo Nanotools and post-incubator client Saladax Continue Reading…

  2. Ben Franklin Alumnus IQE to Supply Philips’ Laser Wafers

    IQE has signed a three-year contract with Philips Technologies to supply epi-wafers for making vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) devices. IQE will be the majority supplier of epi-wafers to Philips. Read more.