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  1. Applied Separations Cleaning/Recycling Disposable Clean Room Attire to Fight COVID-19

    Applied Separations, Inc., Allentown, has discovered a method to sanitize used gowns from its ultra-clean manufacturing environment to provide  to medical staff and first responders free-of-charge, protecting both themselves and those they serve. Applied Separations manufacturers DNA-clinical kits, which are produced in ultra-clean facilities where the workers must wear attire more stringently clean than surgical Continue Reading…

  2. LifeAire makes air purification systems that kill COVID-19

    The air purification systems that BFTP/NEP client LifeAire Systems, Allentown, has been making for several years to combat anthrax have an increasingly timely and valuable use. LifeAire has developed in-duct air purification systems that remove airborne pathogens including COVID-19. The company is looking to produce more. Via Lehigh Valley Business

  3. EcoTech Marine Expanding in Bethlehem

    Ben Franklin client EcoTech Marine, which began in Bethlehem producing high-end aquarium pumps, is undergoing its third expansion to accommodate growth and expand its product line. EcoTech Marine will lease about 50,000 square feet of an 88,000-square-foot building currently under construction in Lehigh Industrial Park VII. Via Lehigh Valley Business.

  4. Cernostics Announces Groundbreaking Data Demonstrating TissueCypher Can Predict Esophageal Cancer Risk in Patients with Barrett’s Esophagus

    First-of-its-kind precision medicine test identifies which patients are at high risk for progressing to esophageal cancer and may require earlier treatment BFTP client Cernostics, a leader in the development of AI-driven image analysis technologies for precision medicine testing, announced the publication of study data showing its breakthrough TissueCypher diagnostic tool can predict which patients with Continue Reading…

  5. Phoenix Hockey Makes Innovative Hockey Sticks

    “Our sticks are all made out of carbon fiber and some fiberglass, said Phoenix Hockey USA President Phil Danaher. “One model uses a little bit of basalt in it. and then our goalkeeping sticks use some kevlar. The proprietary technology used to make the sticks is so unusual, we can’t show you the machinery. We Continue Reading…

  6. OptoVibronex working on “virtual biopsy” scanner to spot skin tumors

    Skin cancer affects millions is the most common form of cancer, affecting one in five Americans. BFTP client OptoVibronex is working to market an invention that can detect skin tumors without patients having to undergo invasive biopsies to determine the extent of cancer cells. Via Morning Call  

  7. Vigon International receives natural gas service funding

    BFTP client Vigon International will benefit from state funding that will help it extend natural gas service. Vigon, a manufacturer of flavor, fragrance, personal care, and nutraceutical ingredients, will invest more than $11 million in the project and create an additional 75 jobs, while maintaining its current workforce of 125 employees. The Pipeline Investment Program, Continue Reading…

  8. Cernostics’ TissueCypher Accurately Risk Stratifies Barrett’s Esophagus Patients

    Cernostics, developer of AI-driven image analysis solutions for pathology assessment of tissue biopsies, announced two upcoming professional conferences at which the company will present positive clinical evidence supporting its  TissueCypher® Barrett’s Esophagus Assay as a means to improve risk prediction in patients with Barrett’s esophagus in both low-grade dysplasia and non-dysplastic disease. This represents the fourth Continue Reading…

  1. Saladax Validates Rapid Clozapine Point-of-Care Testing to Aid in Treating Schizophrenia

    Saladax Biomedical announced clinical validations of its clozapine point-of-care testing device, MyCareTM Insite, to aid psychiatrists in improving the treatment of patients with schizophrenia. The test uses a single drop of blood and takes six minutes, versus current laboratory-based tests, which require tubes of blood and can take days to get results. MyCare Insite is Continue Reading…

  2. OraSure Honored for Contribution to Life Sciences

    The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. honored Bethlehem-based OraSure Technologies for its contributions to the life sciences industry and company growth. “Lehigh Valley is becoming a microcosm of an innovation hub,” OraSure CEO Stephen Tang said. OraSure and its predecessor, SolarCare Technologies, are Ben Franklin clients. Via LVEDC’s Lehigh Valley Insider; Lehigh Valley Business

  3. OraSure Receives FDA Marketing Approval for Ebola Detection Test

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed marketing of  OraSure Technologies’ OraQuick Ebola Rapid Antigen, a rapid diagnostic test to detect Ebola virus antigens in human blood. This test is the first rapid diagnostic test that the FDA has allowed to be marketed in the U.S. for the Ebola Virus Disease, and provides another Continue Reading…

  4. Particle Sciences celebrates $10M expansion

    Particle Sciences, Bethlehem, and its parent company, Lubrizol Corp. celebrated the opening of its $10 million expansion adjacent to its development and clinical trial manufacturing site. With the expanded capacity, the firm will be manufacturing pharmaceutical products for commercial sale by its customers. Via Lehigh Valley Business.

  5. Straight Arrow Expanding – Need for More Manufacturing Space

    BFTP client Straight Arrow Inc., a manufacturer of hair and skin products for both horses and people, is expanding its production space in Forks Township with a $3M phase 2 project, which will bring an additional 25,000 sf to its existing 110,000 sf. Straight Arrow produces and ships all of its products worldwide from the Continue Reading…

  6. TRuCapSol Rethinks Microencapsulation

    The Lehigh Valley’s business incubation ecosystem forms a natural bond between Allentown’s Bridgeworks Enterprise Center and Ben Franklin TechVentures. With a goal of keeping their client in the Lehigh Valley, BFTP connected TruCapSol with Bridgeworks, which had the right size space that the new company could fit out with labs and a pilot plant. Via Continue Reading…

  7. Saladax Develops First Rapid Test to Aid Psychiatrists in Treating Schizophrenia

    Saladax’s MyCare™ Insite Clozapine Test provides results in 6 minutes using a drop of blood from a finger stick, enabling clinicians to develop informed, individualized care plans at the point of care. This is the first and only rapid point-of-care test available with CE mark to aid mental health professionals in the treatment and monitoring Continue Reading…

  8. Polytek Development Corp. Expands with Acquisition

    Polytek Development Corp. in Williams Township (Photo submitted) – Williams Township-based Polytek Development Corp., a manufacturer of specialty polymers for mold making, announced that it has acquired Stone Coat Countertops, an Oregon-based company. Via Lehigh Valley Business.