Monthly Archives:
September, 2016


  1. LifeAire Systems Cited – Reducing Risk of HAIs

    Kathryn C. Worrilow, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, LifeAire Systems: “Unfortunately, many current operating procedures designed to maintain room sterility, such as hand washing and surface disinfection protocols are susceptible to human error.” Read more via Healthcare Purchasing News:

  2. East Penn, Precision Medical, Sealstrip, and Vigon Among Best Places to Work in PA

    BFTP clients East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc., Lyons, Precision Medical Products, Inc., Denver, Sealstrip Corporation, Gilbertsville, and Vigon International, East Stroudsburg were listed in the 2016 Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania list that was presented by the Team Pennsylvania Foundation. Winners included 76 small-to-medium sized companies and 24 large companies. Read more:

  3. LifeAire Systems Used in #2 Fertility Clinic in the Nation

    The Center for Reproductive Medicine, in Mobile, AL, has been recognized for outstanding in vitro results, and they attribute some of their success to the use of LifeAire Systems technology. Read more:

  4. Ben Franklin Northeast Impact: 10,762 Manufacturing Jobs

    In recognition of Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week, October 1-7, the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has announced that its work with clients resulted in the creation or retention of 10,762 manufacturing jobs from 1994 to 2015. Clients attributed these jobs to their work with BFTP/NEP.   The Ben Franklin Technology Partners is an initiative Continue Reading…

  5. Orbweaver Carves Niche in Electronics Supply Chain

    Located in Ben Franklin TechVentures, Orbweaver supplies real-time supply chain integration solutions for the electronics manufacturing industry. “We make it easier and cheaper for companies to buy microelectronic components by getting their data flowing back and forth automatically,” said co-founder Tony Powell. Read more via Lehigh Valley Business: 

  6. Ben Franklin to Invest $136,000 in Regional Economic Development

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $136,000 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…

  7. Navigating Big Change Events

    How can a company navigate a big change event? At BFTP’s annual iXchange on May 17, 2016, speaker Byron Reese presented a keynote on Bold Optimism, in which he addressed how to spot key technologies and identify the macro factors that will drive innovation. Reese shares his perspectives in this eight-part video series. #3 

  8. Lesson #4: Don’t Live in Dilbert’s World

    Wayne Barz, manager of Ben Franklin TechVentures, posted the fourth installment in his Keystone Edge series, “Lessons from Incubating Innovation.” He observed that, in an early-stage firm, the transition from being an R&D and product development company to a sales- and marketing-driven company is often a bumpy one . The technically-minded people — who lead most of the Continue Reading…

  1. Appeeling Fruit Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    Appeeling Fruit, Inc., Dauberville, celebrated twenty-five years in the fresh fruit processing business with an open house that included speeches by PA Senator Judy Schwank and PA Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding. Appeeling Fruit’s first customers were bakeries looking for  fresh peeled apple slices to incorporate into their desserts. In the 1990s, Appeeling Fruit began processing fresh, Continue Reading…

  2. Azevan Reports Positive Clinical Study Results for Intermittent Explosive Disorder

    Azevan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced results from the phase 2 exploratory clinical study of the Company’s lead compound, SRX246, in adults with Intermittent Explosive Disorder. The primary endpoint and exploratory goals of the trial were achieved. Read more:

  3. Adhezion Strikes Deal with Pfizer

    Adhezion Biomedical LLC, Wyomissing, announced a long-term agreement with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. for the exclusive distribution rights to Adhezion’s high-strength topical skin adhesives including SurgiSeal, SurgiSeal Stylus, and SurgiSeal Twist line. These products are used for topical wound closure as an alternative to sutures. Read more via Lehigh Valley Business.

  4. NE PA Economic Developers Discuss Job Creation with State Legislators

    Ken Okrepkie, BFTP Pocono Northeast regional manager, was one of six speakers who offered testimony at the hearing that state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, hosted to discuss jobs creatopm in Pennsylvania. Okrepkie presented on Ben Franklin’s accomplishment in generating jobs in the region and statewide. Read more via Hazleton Standard Speaker and Citizen’s Voice:  

  5. International Trade Representatives to Tour PA with BF TechVentures Stop

    The PA Department of Community & Economic Development will be hosting trade representatives from around the world for a series of trade-related events in September around the state. The Lehigh Valley will be participating in the annual “Bringing the World to Pa.” tour on Sept. 22 at Ben Franklin TechVentures. Read more via Lehigh Valley Continue Reading…

  6. Appeeling Fruit Celebrates 25 Years

    Appeeling Fruit Inc., Reading, began in 1991 by selling peeled apple slices to bakeries for incorporation in desserts. By 1998, it was marketing fresh sliced apples throughout the East Coast. Read more via The Packer: 

  7. Companies that Succeed in Dramatic Change

    What companies have had success in a dramatic change event? At BFTP’s annual iXchange on May 17, 2016, speaker Byron Reese presented a keynote on Bold Optimism, in which he addressed how to spot key technologies and identify the macro factors that will drive innovation. Reese shares his perspectives in this eight-part video series. #2 Continue Reading…

  8. LVstartup September E-Newsletter Published

    Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation’s September LVstartup e-newsletter includes stories on Ben Franklin’s Federal Funding Workshop (10/5/16), Venture Idol (11/3/16), the statewide Ben Franklin network results microsite, and the partnership with Lehigh’s ESC. Ben Franklin clients/alumni OraSure, Eventuosity, and Cernostics are also cited. Read more: