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  1. OraSure to acquire HIV diagnostic testing company in $31 million deal

    OraSure Technologies, Inc. plans to acquire UrSure, a privately held Boston-based company whose products measure patient adherence to HIV medications, including preexposure prophylaxis or PrEP, the daily medication to prevent the virus.“The addition of UrSure to OraSure’s portfolio complements our work with HIV diagnostics and strengthens OraSure’s position as a global leader among public health-focused Continue Reading…

  2. LifeAire Systems and Verde Mantis Cited for Combating COVID-19

    Many of America’s start-ups are currently researching and producing advanced technologies needed to fight COVID-19. Nimble, high-growth companies have frequently re-defined the boundaries of science and technology, and many start-ups are using their capabilities and expertise to find and develop the technology-driven solutions needed to get past this pandemic. Ben Franklin clients LifeAire Systems and Continue Reading…

  3. Gateway Ticketing helps venues with COVID-19 reopening

    Ben Franklin client Gateway Ticketing Systems, Inc. has been on the front lines of helping entertainment venues and attractions around the globe as they look for ways to reopen safely post-COVID-19. At first, having a functional way to do refunds, and by remotely working staff, meant developing new software and technology. Now Gateway is concentrating Continue Reading…

  4. LifeAire Awaiting FDA Approval for Rapid and Complete Disinfection Unit for N95 Masks

    Mask Decontamination Unit Builds on LifeAire’s Air Purification Technology LifeAire Systems, LLC, Allentown, has applied to the US Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization for its portable, rapid, chemical-free decontamination unit for N95 masks. LifeAire, a client of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, is innovating against COVID-19. The Aire~PPE™ Decontamination Unit’s proven Continue Reading…

  5. LifeAire Systems Designs Decontamination Unit for N95 Masks

    LifeAire Systems was already helping in the fight against the coronavirus, as the air purification systems the Upper Macungie Township-based company manufactured were designed to kill or inactivate the most infectious biological pathogens, including COVID-19. Now, LifeAire is taking that fight one step further, with a brand new product that uses the company’s air purification technology Continue Reading…

  6. Advanced Air Purification Prevents Spread of COVID-19 at St. Luke’s Allentown

    Ensuring that the air entering hospital patient care units is clear of airborne pathogens is more critical than ever during the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. To expand the sterile zone for med-surg patients recuperating on the fifth floor at the St. Luke’s Allentown Campus, a second highly specialized in-duct air purification unit is being installed. The five-stage, Continue Reading…

  7. LifeAire Uses Proprietary Technology to Sterilize the Air

    “Our initial mission was to protect the human embryo. Which is an extremely sensitive cell,” said Dr. Kathryn Worrilow, CEO of Ben Franklin client LifeAire Systems. “Once we learned that airborne metrics were so important, we looked for a commercial solution to purchase and there was nothing that we were able to purchase.” It took Continue Reading…

  8. Noble Biomaterials has new lease on technology in COVID-19 fight

    Noble Biomaterials, spent most of its time fighting the same kinds of villains — bacteria and stinky gym socks — by bonding silver to fibers for the textile industry. Global athletic wear and sports equipment companies are big customers because silver neutralizes odor. A new bad guy, the coronavirus, invigorated the market for its antimicrobial Continue Reading…

  1. LifeAire to Introduce Rapid and Complete Disinfection Unit for N95 Masks

    Pending US FDA Emergency Use Authorization approval, LifeAire Systems, LLC, Allentown, will introduce a portable, rapid, chemical-free decontamination unit for N95 masks. The Aire~PPE™ Decontamination Unit features: • Designed to kill COVID-19 and all other bacteria, viruses, and fungi on the surface and within the layers of the mask • Capable of disinfecting more than Continue Reading…

  2. Huge Demand: American Paper Bag Named a Top Player in Market

    A recent Bag Production Market report by Report Consultant named American Paper Bag, Sugar Notch, a market-leading vendor in the bag production market 2020-2028. The company is a Ben Franklin start-up client, making the accolade even more impressive. Via Bandera County Courier      

  3. Berks PPE Resource Network has produced and donated 18,500 PPE materials in 3 weeks of production!

    A message from Jim Gerlach, President and CEO, Greater Reading Chamber Alliance The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) is pleased to be a founding partner of the Berks PPE Resource Network. This initiative began as a string of emails between GRCA, Albright Science Research Institute, CrossTrainer Mixed Reality, Hamburg Area School District, Ben Franklin Technology Continue Reading…

  4. Game Face Grooming sees new opportunity amid pandemic

    Founder and President Phil Williams came up with Game Face Grooming while coaching his daughter’s basketball team. “They have no solution to clean. So it led me to think about; what if I created an athletic sports and body wipe, and that was really the premise behind the brand,” Williams said. And with the help of Continue Reading…

  5. Gilson Snow Teamed to Provide 150 Free Snowboards & Skis to PA Kids & Athletes 

    Gilson Snow, Pennsylvania’s ski and snowboard manufacturer, teamed with the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (SkiPA) and PA-owned and operated convenience store chain Sheetz to provide FREE snowboards and skis to 150 children and athletes in the state this winter season. Located in the Susquehanna River Valley’s small town of Winfield, Gilson Snow, a client of the Ben Franklin Continue Reading…

  6. Pharma Manufacturer USSF is fighting against COVID-19

    Could a vaccine for COVID-19 be developed right here in the Lehigh Valley? It’s possible thanks to an early-stage pharmaceutical company, which last year purchased a building on Allentown’s south side after outgrowing its existing production facility in Bethlehem. US Specialty Formulations LLC is a contract CGMP manufacturer and one of the first 503B Drug Quality Continue Reading…

  7. Applied Separations cleaning PPE and donating it to front-line workers

    Personal protective equipment is essential for healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus. But it’s been in short supply. Ben Franklin client Applied Separations, Inc., Allentown, is trying to help by cleaning it so it can be used again. The firm is baking the PPE in laboratory ovens at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 90 minutes, low enough Continue Reading…

  8. Please recycle, but with ‘increased vigilance’ amid COVID-19 pandemic

    There are always unsung heroes in times of crisis, some overlooked and often too many to name. Count the folks in the waste removal industry, including Ben Franklin client, Cougle’s Recycling, Hamburg, which continues to take away your trash and recyclables amid a pandemic. And you can help these essential workers simply by being more Continue Reading…