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  1. UBMe Launches New UBMeFood.com

    UBMe has launched a new service, UBMeFood.com, an online ordering platform for restaurant owners. UBMe, which is a Bethlehem-based tech startup, began working with restaurant owners during the COVID-19 shutdown to eliminate the extra costs and fees associated with some online ordering systems. It noted that companies like DoorDash and Grubhub can take more than 30% Continue Reading…

  2. OraSure Earns $205M Federal Contract for Rapid COVID-19 test

    BFTP alum client OraSure Technologies, Bethlehem, secured a $205 million contract from the Defense Logistics Agency to supply its InteliSwab over-the-counter COVID-19 test kits as part of the national pandemic response. OraSure will provide the test to up to 25,000 sites throughout the United States and the tests will be funded by the U.S. federal government. Continue Reading…

  3. Cernostics Contracts with Geisinger to Become In-network Provider for TissueCypher® Barrett’s Esophagus Assay

    BFTP client, Cernostics, pioneer of the worlds’ first precision medicine test to predict future development risk of esophageal cancer from Barrett’s esophagus (BE), TissueCypher® Barrett’s Esophagus Assay, has become a participating (“in-network”) provider for Geisinger Health Plan (GHP)’s more than 550,000 plan members in central, north central and east central Pennsylvania. The TissueCypher® Barrett’s Esophagus Assay Continue Reading…

  4. Mussel Polymers’ Glue May Help Restore Coral Reefs

    While scuba diving off the California coast, the founding scientist of Ben Franklin client Mussel Polymers, Inc. was struck by how well shellfish like mussels and oysters were able to hold on to rocks, even in strong currents. In this video we learn how his team used the principles of biomimicry to create a synthetic Continue Reading…

  5. Celebr8 Life Receives Southside Bethlehem KIZ Grant

    The Southside Bethlehem Keystone Innovation Zone announced an investment in BFTP client and Ben Franklin TechVentures resident company, Celebr8 Life. The company received a $15,000 Technology Transfer Grant to support the development of video solutions and marketing. Celebr8 Life creates highlight reels from saved content. Via Lehigh Valley Business  

  6. Solarflux FOCUS parabolic dish concentrator demonstrates 72% solar-to-thermal conversion efficiency

    The annual energy yield from BFTP client and Reading-based, Solarflux Energy Technologies, Inc.‘s FOCUS parabolic dish concentrator is significantly above that of alternative solar energy systems, outperforming the parabolic trough by approximately 50%, depending on the system’s peak capacity and site location. More The FOCUS concentrates sunlight onto a central receiver  

  7. ConnexiCore Acquired by Volatus Aerospace to Expand Drone Services Business in North America

    The acquisition will create the largest and most comprehensive drone services provider in North America, with a pilot network blanketing Canada and the United States. More

  8. studio BE Raises $500,000 To Expand Well-Being Platform

    studio BE, a woman-owned digital well-being solution for corporations, nonprofits, and individuals, is proud to announce its series seed raise, led by 1855 Capital and the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Read more.

  1. LifeAire Systems sees staggering growth with COVID-19 demand for air purification

    “The number of locations in which we now have the LifeAire Systems technology increased 350% from the pre-pandemic time to the current time, and the number of LifeAire products installed increased 700%,” said Dr. Kathryn C. Worrilow, LifeAire Systems Founder and CEO. Among the new customers is Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s TechVentures Continue Reading…

  2. Vizinex’s new RFID tag has longer range, smaller size

    Vizinex RFID has released its latest long-read RFID tag, the XLR. The Radio Frequency Identification Tag has an extra-long read range of more than 100 feet on metal surfaces and is designed for outdoor and industrial use such as construction, yard and cargo management and vehicle and container tracking. The tag was made to withstand vibration, weather Continue Reading…

  3. OraSure’s COVID-19 rapid test gets FDA authorization

    Bethlehem’s OraSure Technologies Inc. announced it has received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its COVID-19 rapid antigen test. The test, which OraSure branded as InteliSwab, has been authorized for three uses: over-the-counter use without a prescription as well as for professional use and prescription home use. With the InteliSwab, Continue Reading…

  4. USSF Oral Covid-19 Vaccine Cleared for Phase One Clinical Trials

    BFTP clients US Specialty Formulations (USSF), a cGMP pharmaceutical manufacturer, and VaxForm, a vaccine development company, announced positive results from pre-clinical safety and immunological studies for their oral-dosage COVID-19 vaccine, demonstrating the formulation is safe to proceed to human clinical trials. The USSF/Vaxform CoV-OGEN1 vaccine presented serum antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2 in mammals ingesting the vaccine Continue Reading…

  5. Cernostics’ Product Showcased as a Significant Tool Against Esophageal Cancer

    Digestive Disease Week® 2021 to Showcase Cernostics’ TissueCypher® Barrett’s Esophagus Assay as a Paradigm-shifting Precision Medicine Tool Ben Franklin client Cernostics, a pioneer in delivering spatialomics to the clinic, announced that new results from clinical studies on its TissueCypher® Barrett’s Esophagus Assay will be presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW®) 2021, taking place May 21-23. Continue Reading…

  6. Verde Mantis Founder Named Among Penn State’s 40 Under 40

    Joseph Sinclair, the founder of Ben Franklin client Verde Mantis, was selected for The Penn State College of Engineering’s “40 under 40” Award. This award is given to graduates who are 40 years old or younger for their early career impact. Read more.

  7. Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff visits Bridgeworks Enterprise Center

    Husband of Vice President Kamala Harris meets with BF Client USSF and Other Manufacturers  On May 5, 2021, the Allentown Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) hosted the Second Gentleman, Douglas Emhoff, to tour the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center, which is a member of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network. The visit was the first appearance by Emhoff as Continue Reading…

  8. Bio Med Sciences Triples its Space with New Lehigh Valley Location

    Ben Franklin client Bio Med Sciences, Inc. is relocating its headquarters from its current Upper Macungie Township location to a facility totaling more than 40,000 square feet at 999 Postal Road in Hanover Township, Lehigh County. Bio Med Sciences is a manufacturer of burn treatment, plastic surgery, and aesthetic skin care products. The move will Continue Reading…