Monthly Archives:
January, 2016


  1. Greater Hazleton CAN BE Incubator Welcomes New Tenants

    Three new companies — including one that has already landed a big federal contract — have set up shop in the Greater Hazleton CAN BE incubator in the last two months. The Greater Hazleton CAN BE incubator is a member of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network. BFTP Regional Manager Ken Okrepkie comments. Read more, Continue Reading…

  2. East Penn Manufacturing Earns Industry Award

      U.S. lead-acid batteries company East Penn Manufacturing has scooped the 2016 Most Valuable Supplier Award from the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association. The trade association recognized East Penn’s “commitment to their dealer network, 8,000 employees and the community.” Read more:

  3. Giorgio Fresh Riding the Wave of Increased Organic Mushrooms

    Giorgio Fresh is one of the nation’s largest mushroom producers. In addition to its extensive conventional line, the company also offers a full line of Pennsylvania Certified Organic mushrooms and is among the largest organic mushroom growers in the country. Read more:

  4. Noble Biomaterials Emerges as Leader in the Anti-odor and Wearables Markets

    Noble Biomaterials, Inc., Scranton, is joining brand partners at ISPO Munich, January 24-27. Noble’s XT2® and Circuitex™ technologies emerged as key players in the antimicrobial and smart textile markets in 2015. XT2® Anti-Odor Technology utilizes the benefits of silver to eliminate offensive smells by inhibiting the growth of bacteria directly on the surface of garments Continue Reading…

  5. OraSure Technologies profiled in LVEDC video

    BFTP Alumnus OraSure Technologies, a national leader in point-of-care diagnostic tests and specimen collection devices, designed a rapid test to screen patients for Ebola. In this Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. (LVEDC) video, OraSure President and CEO Douglas Michels discusses the company, the new test, plans for the future, and the economic benefits of the Continue Reading…

  6. Why Lehigh Valley? Ideal for Bio/Life Science Research & Manufacturing

    The Lehigh Valley is an innovation hub with all the necessary elements for a company in biotech to be successful. LVEDC video includes BFTP clients OraSure Technologies, B Braun, Vaxform, and TechVentures manager Wayne Barz:

  7. Incubators Drive Local Biz Growth

    The addition of 74 jobs by a company that helps small business with Internet applications came to this area, in part, because of the incubator system in northeastern Pennsylvania, according to Ken Okrepkie, regional manager for the Ben Franklin Technology Partners. “This is the collective result of that vision coming true by building incubators and Continue Reading…

  8. PA DCED 2015 Accomplishments

    Congratulations to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development, which funds and oversees BFTP/NEP, on its 2015 accomplishments. See PA DCED Secretary Dennis Davin’s report:

  1. LifeAire expanding sales outside the U.S.

    LifeAire Systems has demonstrated that its state-of-the-art air filtration and purification systems can improve pregnancy rates at in-vitro fertilization clinics. Twenty of the nation’s top hospitals and health centers already have installed the systems. Now the five-employee start-up company is expanding its market outside the U.S. Morning Call coverage:

  2. Lehigh Valley EDC: TechVentures Starts New Year Strongly

    According to LVEDC’s The Lehigh Valley Insider, Ben Franklin TechVentures is off to a strong start for the new year, welcoming two new resident companies and hosting a visit from the Pennsylvania governor, as they continue explore a new building expansion to accommodate growing demand for more space.Read more:

  3. Cernostics’ Work Complements VP Biden’s “Moonshot to Cure Cancer” Phila. Announcement

    Cernostics, Inc., Bethlehem, has developed a diagnostic and prognostic test that predicts the risk of developing esophageal cancer. Esophageal cancer is among the most deadly cancers, with a five-year survival rate of less than 17%. Driven by increasing rates of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), it is also the fastest-growing cancer by incidence in western countries. Continue Reading…

  4. East Penn Manufacturing Receives Prominent Industry Award

    East Penn Manufacturing, Lyon Station, earned the prestigious MVS (Most Valuable Supplier) Award for 2016. This recognition is presented by the industry’s trade association, Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association, and recognizes companies that have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to their dealer network, their employees, and their community. Read more:

  5. Gov. Wolf Visits BF TechVentures for “Jobs that Pay” Tour

    “My administration remains committed to moving Pennsylvania forward by creating a business climate that supports Pennsylvanian entrepreneurs like these,” said Governor Wolf. On his Jobs that Pay tour, Gov. Wolf joined BFTP/NEP CEO Chad Paul to visit four Ben Franklin TechVentures companies: Colymer Industries, LLC, which is working to commercialize a new, proprietary, non-asphalt roofing Continue Reading…

  6. 2015 Annual Report: The Energy of New Ideas

                          Click here to download a PDF of the 2015 annual report. Ben Franklin continues to support the discovery and harnessing of the Energy of New Ideas. Like electricity, many of our clients’ discoveries transform the world. From developing exciting new technologies, to utilizing existing Continue Reading…

  7. New TechVentures Company: Beijing Oriental Yuhong Waterproof Technology Co.

    Beijing Oriental Yuhong Waterproof Technology Co., Ltd. develops water-based waterproof coatings for a variety of applications, including residential construction, roads, bridges, railways, airports, and water conservation facilities. The company chose to conduct research at Ben Franklin TechVentures®, an award-winning business incubator/post-incubator facility, because of the facility’s world-class attributes and its location on Lehigh University’s campus Continue Reading…