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  1. Freshpet Plans Lehigh Valley Expansion That Could Add Up to 200 Jobs

    Specialty pet food maker Freshpet Inc. has announced a $100 million investment for a 90,000-square-foot addition to its manufacturing plant and purchase of equipment. The expansion has the potential add up to 200 regional jobs. Via Morning Call:

  2. Drone Pilot Service Awarded $100,000 Investment

    BFTP Client ConnexiCore provides commercial drone flight services to clients across the U.S. for applications ranging from architecture to agriculture and other industries. It also serves as a consultant on artificial intelligence, asset management software, and unmanned aerial systems operations. Via Pocono Record:

  3. Rocket Cloud – Improves Margins by 10-15%

    Rocket Cloud – New Ben Franklin TechVentures Resident Company  Technology That Improves Legacy Wholesalers’ Margins by 10-15% Many mid-tier wholesalers in the building materials supply industry still rely primarily on phone sales and obsolete inventory management technology and practices to distribute products to their HVAC, plumbing, and electrical contractor customers. Because of these inefficiencies and Continue Reading…

  4. Startup Focused on Home Healthcare Receives Ben Franklin Investment

    For entrepreneurs, execution is key, which is where Ben Franklin Technology Partners comes in — providing funding and mentorship for new startups. Interview of Carenade management team via WFMZ-TV69:

  5. Saladax Launches Game-Changing Assays for Psychotherapeutics in Europe

    Ben Franklin TechVentures-based Saladax Biomedical Inc., a diagnostics company providing kits to test drug blood levels for adherence and personalized dose management, will launch of a new line of tests for psychiatry in Europe (CE mark) with tests for: clozapine, quetiapine, aripiprazole, risperidone, olanzapine, and paliperidone. These are the most commonly used antipsychotic medications. The Continue Reading…

  6. PA Glassworks Has New Way to Make More Creative, Less Costly Glass

    Pennsylvania Glassworks Co., Reading, will launch this fall in Reading with support from BFTP. Founder James “JJ” Riviello, a glassmaker for more than 25 years, designed and built many of the innovative machines for the glassmaking process, using a proprietary new and more efficient method to cast glass into molds using computer technology. Via Lehigh Continue Reading…

  7. Saladax Submits its Rapid Blood Test for Determining Medication Adherence to FDA

    Saladax Biomedical Inc. submitted a De Novo classification request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the MyCare Psychiatry™ Total Risperidone Assay Kit. The tests will let medical personnel identify levels of antipsychotic drugs in a patient’s body in one hour, enabling them to better assess patient adherence, which is a critical unmet need. Continue Reading…

  8. Play Impossible Lands Retail Deal with Apple, Partners with NFL Players, Raises Cash

      Play Impossible, creator of the Gameball sensor-infused smart inflatable ball that links to a smartphone app and lets people play different physical games, has announced an additional $1.25 million in new funding from existing investors Two Sigma Ventures, Hardware Club, and Ben Franklin Technology Partners. It also has a new strategic investor: OneTeam Collective, the Continue Reading…

  1. Saladax Signs Licensing Agreement with Janssen for Antipsychotic Drug Testing Patents

    Saladax Biomedical, Inc. signed a license agreement with Janssen Pharmaceutica, NV, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, providing Saladax with worldwide exclusive patent rights for diagnostic tests that determine drug levels in patients undergoing treatment with antipsychotic medications. A major issue in treating patients with mental health disorders is that psychiatrists Continue Reading…

  2. LifeAire Earns European CE Certification for Its Patented Air Purification

    LifeAire Systems earned CE Mark certification for its proprietary line of in-duct air purification technologies, facilitating the introduction of the transformational technology into the European healthcare market. LifeAire Systems’ technology provides continuous filtration and inactivation of 99.99% of biological and chemical contaminants in the air. More:

  3. Play Impossible Gameball in Wall Street Journal List

    Play Impossible’s Gameball was included in the Weekend Wall Street Journal’s 50 new twists on old summer traditions – Gears and Gadgets listing, published on May 20.

  4. Viddler Targets Healthcare and Training Industries

    Viddler Inc. of Bethlehem, a creator of online video software for business training, has quietly and successfully built an impressive list of big-name clients. The Bethlehem company’s clients include Amazon and The Walt Disney Co. Via Lehigh Valley Business: 

  5. Bioscience Announces Expansion

    Bioscience, Inc., Allentown, has expanded to 20,000 sf of offices, laboratories, and manufacturing space in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park III. The company, one of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator’s first clients, is an ISO-certified provider of innovative waste and wastewater treatment biotechnology solutions in industrial, commercial, and agricultural settings. More: 

  6. TRuCapSol Expands into Bridgeworks

    TruCapSol, LLC, is a microencapsulation company that produces environmentally friendly capsules, utilizing patented processes that decrease waste and improve the effectiveness of customers’ formulations. The company began in Ben Franklin TechVentures and is scaling up production in AEDC’s Bridgeworks Enterprise Center, a member of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network. R&D will remain in TechVentures. Continue Reading…

  7. OraSure Appoints New CEO

    When Stephen Tang earned his doctorate in chemical engineering from Lehigh University in 1988, the school hired him to manage a research center and work with Ben Franklin Technology Partners to support biotech startups. Now, he has been appointed to lead OraSure Technologies, one of BFTP’s earliest investments and a shining client success story. Via Continue Reading…

  8. Jacob’s Raw — Cabbage Cache

    Between founder Scott Grzybek’s family-tested recipes and a growing demand for raw fermented foods, Jacob’s Raw is now in 200 stores and selling about 100,000 jars of kraut annually. The brand has grown to include salad dressings and health tonics. Via Reading Eagle: