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  1. Verde Mantis wins Berks Alliance Business Plan Challenge

    Verde Mantis, LLC, Reading, which produces easy-to-use, affordable 3D desktop printers, won the 2020 Business Plan Challenge sponsored by the Berks Alliance, a collaboration of businesses and organizations within Greater Reading. The company was awarded a $20,000 investment. Via Lehigh Valley Business.

  2. Vizinex RFID Releases New, Flexible Inventory Tag

    Vizinex RFID, a Bethlehem-based tech company that develops and manufactures radio frequency identification tags, has developed a new product line that will increase the number of industries it can serve. Vizinex’s original tags are made to adhere to flat metal surfaces to be used for inventory tracking of products. Now, the company has launched two new Continue Reading…

  3. OraSure Creating 177 new jobs, retaining 233 more with New COVID-19 Test

    OraSure Technologies Inc., a developer and manufacturer of rapid diagnostic tests, collection, and stabilization devices headquartered in Bethlehem, will expand its manufacturing operations, creating 177 new jobs and retaining 233 jobs. OraSure was one of Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ earliest clients. “At a time when the Commonwealth is ramping up COVID-19 testing, OraSure Technologies’ expansion Continue Reading…

  4. Verde Mantis to Launch 3D Printer KickStarter

    BFTP client Verde Mantis’s KickStarter crowd-funding campaign, launching this Fall, will allow early investor VIPs to receive the biggest discount on a Mantis 3D Printer. These easy-to-use, innovative 3D printers let users connect from any WiFi device, upload a file, and press print. The Mantis does the rest! Verde Mantis has expertly combined hardware and Continue Reading…

  5. BridgeWorks Client Manufactures PushSafe, no-touch solution for elevator buttons

    It looks like rows of toothpicks that can be broken from a small plastic board. The plastic pins offer anyone who rides an elevator in a hotel, hospital, office complex, or other high-rise building a chance to avoid the dreaded coronavirus, which can be found on surfaces such as buttons. Polymer Countours, Inc., maker of Continue Reading…

  6. OraSure says rapid COVID-19 test should be ready by 4Q

    Ben Franklin client, OraSure Technologies, expects to launch its COVID-19 rapid antigen in-home self-test by the fourth quarter of this year. The test is being built on the same OraQuick platform that the company has used to create similar tests for HIV and Hepatitis C. The OraQuick Coronavirus Rapid Antigen Self-Test is a potential game-changer, Continue Reading…

  7. ‘Hey, I’m outside’: UBMe app can help consumers navigate curbside pickup

    Contactless transactions have become one of those buzzword phrases during the months-long pandemic. UBMe founder Val Arzunian thinks there is a better way for restaurants, doctors offices, and other businesses to handle those interactions with less inconvenience for them or consumers. Arzunian and David Bougard, who run UBMe Inc., created a product, Curbside Communication, that Continue Reading…

  8. LifeAire’s Technology Purifies Air at St. Luke’s Allentown

    A passion for pure air links St. Luke’s with local entrepreneur Kathryn Worrilow, PhD, in a win-win partnership that benefits patients, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. It began in 2017 when Dr. Worrilow’s company, Ben Franklin client LifeAire Systems, designed and installed an experimental air purification system serving 14 patient rooms on the fifth floor Continue Reading…

  1. UBMe helping businesses during pandemic through app

    UBMe is a curbside communications app. Customers make appointments with a business, and, when they arrive, they communicate with the business via the app. “I would say it has gone from something optional to something more of a utility. Where it is something that is truly needed not only to make people feel more safe Continue Reading…

  2. Saladax Biomedical launches clozapine test in the US

    US FDA grants market authorization. Saladax is advancing personalized medicine by providing psychiatrists with the first commercially available antipsychotic test in the U.S. Saladax Biomedical Inc., announced that the US FDA has granted their De Novo Request for a rapid blood test that measures clozapine levels in psychiatric patients. It is estimated that schizophrenia affects Continue Reading…

  3. Bridgeworks Enterprise Center Continues to Break Records

    The Allentown Economic Development Corporation announced the aggregated results of its annual Incubator Client Impact Survey. Bridgeworks Enterprise Center is a member of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network. In 2019, the 10 Bridgeworks tenants earned nearly $12 million in revenue, a 69 percent increase over 2018. Collectively, these companies now employ 38 full-time employees and Continue Reading…

  4. UBMe Launches First-of-its-Kind Curbside Communication ™ Product To Help Businesses Safely Reopen After COVID-19

       UBMe, Inc. UBMe’s new product allows customers arriving at a business to check-in and communicate with staff from the safety of their cars.  With support from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners and the Southside Bethlehem KIZ, the creators of the UBMe app have launched a new product called Curbside Communication ™, which the company says Continue Reading…

  5. Noble Biomaterials Produces Face Masks with Antimicrobial Properties

    Repeated wear of cloth masks can cause unpleasant odors, discoloration and deterioration of the fabric, explains Jeffrey Keane, CEO of BFTP Client Noble Biomaterials, a biotechnology company specializing in antimicrobials for soft surfaces. Antimicrobial masks aim to solve that issue, in addition to self-sanitizing — basically, the face mask includes materials that help keep it clean Continue Reading…

  6. What if you could safely reuse an N95 mask 20 times?

    “Our system was designed to kill the anthrax spore,” explains Dr. Kathryn C. Worrilow, founder and CEO  “That’s the most difficult biological spore to kill. If you can kill that, you can kill anything.” Worrilow describes the Aire~PPE Decontamination Unit as behaving like “a large microwave.” Users put N95 masks inside and within about four Continue Reading…

  7. Ben Franklin Client’s Business is “in the bag”

    While many businesses are struggling, even closing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, American Paper Bag’s business is flourishing because of what officials call good timing. Via WNEP16

  8. OraSure receives $630K to help develop oral test for coronavirus antibody

    OraSure Technologies, Inc. received nearly $630,000 from a contract with the federal Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority to help develop an oral test for coronavirus antibodies. The test could help identify people who had a COVID-19 infection, even without symptoms, potentially allowing them to safely return to work or other activities if data show Continue Reading…