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  1. Nexii is Betting on Sustainable Construction – NY Times

    Although we don’t often associate climate change with buildings and construction, they are responsible for almost 40 percent of global energy-related carbon emissions, according to the United Nations. About 30 percent of these emissions come from building operations (primarily heating, cooling and lighting), and another 11 percent is “embodied” carbon, or carbon released during the construction process itself. Nexii leverages Continue Reading…

  2. Grovara Wins Philadelphia PACT Enterprise Award

    Grovara won the Philadelphia PACT’s Emerging Technology Company of the Year at the May 24 Enterprise Award ceremony. Launched at Ben Franklin TechVentures, Ben Franklin NEP client Grovara is the leading B2B global marketplace for wellness brands, connecting natural and organic brands with international retailers. The Grovara platform streamlines the entire process, from product discovery Continue Reading…

  3. EcoTech Marine Featured on PBS39/WLVT Lehigh Valley Rising

    Ben Franklin client EcoTech Marine is featured in Episode 9 of PBS39/WLVT’s Lehigh Valley Rising show that highlights regional lighting companies. WATCH HERE.

  4. Mussel Power

    Ben Franklin client Mussel Polymers mimics the protein chemistry used in mussels in its hunt for glues that are super-strong, non-toxic, and that stick under water or inside the body. The polystyrene system is the basis of a start-up company called Mussel Polymers (MPI) (musselpolymers.com). With labs in Ben Franklin TechVentures, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, MPI has Continue Reading…

  5. FLX Solutions Among 3 Winners in US DoE E-ROBOT Competition + Wins PitchForce

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced three winners of its American-Made E-ROBOT Prize, a competition that challenged teams of entrepreneurs to design and build robotic-driven approaches to retrofit buildings more safely and quickly with higher energy-performing walls and other building envelope solutions. Each winner will receive equal shares of the Continue Reading…

  6. USSF Developing Oral COVID Vaccine

    Ben Franklin clients US Specialty Formulations, LLC and Vaxform, LLC, Allentown, are developing a new oral COVID-19 vaccine that promises to expand the number of people vaccinated around the world. It does not require refrigeration and is drunk rather than injected, making it especially helpful for administration in developing nations. Via PBS39.

  7. American Paper Bag Wins Global Green Business Award

    Ben Franklin client American Paper Bag, LLC, Sugar Notch, was recognized with a Global Green Business Award, Leading Innovators in Retail Sustainability 2021, by Acquisition International.

  8. LifeAire Systems Selected by ABE Airport for Mitigation of Airborne Pathogens

    ABE Will be First Airport in the World to Install LifeAire Systems In the midst of designing a brand-new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Checkpoint at Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE), the unexpected arrival of COVID-19 and ensuing pandemic posed the following question: How does the Airport protect passengers, stakeholders, and employees from airborne pathogens today Continue Reading…

  1. Saladax Biomedical Acquires IP Portfolio for Antipsychotic Drug Tests

    Ben Franklin client and TechVentures resident company, Saladax Biomedical, Inc. (Saladax) has announced that it has acquired a patent portfolio for antipsychotic drug testing from Janssen Pharmaceutica NV. This intellectual property (IP) portfolio includes 17 patent families and has resulted in 33 U.S. patents and 296 patents in ex-U.S. countries. This IP, along with the Continue Reading…

  2. Grovara Named Among Most Promising B2B Retail Tech Companies Worldwide

    Ben Franklin client Grovara, launched in Ben Franklin TechVentures, is the leading B2B global marketplace for wellness brands, connecting natural and organic brands with international retailers. The firm was named as a Retail Tech 100 Company, CB Insights’ annual ranking of the 100 most promising B2B retail tech companies in the world — a list Continue Reading…

  3. Saladax Announces Global Distribution Agreement With Beckman Coulter for Antipsychotic Drug Tests

    Beckman Coulter Introduces Antipsychotic Drug Testing to Address Unmet Clinical Need for More Than 69 Million People Living with Serious Mental Conditions There are a significant number of people globally impacted by serious mental illness. Ben Franklin client and TechVentures resident company, Saladax Biomedical, Inc., develops, manufactures, and markets assays, tests that rapidly identify therapeutic Continue Reading…

  4. USSF calls oral COVID-19 vaccine a game changer

    Ben Franklin client US Specialty Formulations is making progress on an oral vaccine for the COVID-19 virus that could be a game changer in the fight against the disease.  Kyle Flannigan and Garry Morefield of USSF said the ease and safety of the vaccine is what’s needed in the next stage in the fight against Continue Reading…

  5. USSF Founder Named in Forbes Story on the Next Generation of Black Leaders and Entrepreneurs

    Despite fewer support networks, less access to resources, and an unrelenting global pandemic, many Black-owned businesses have achieved an astonishing feat since 2020. They continue to rise and flourish even in a struggling economy. According to NBC News, American Black business owners increased by a staggering 38 percent from February 2020 to August 2021. Black entrepreneurship Continue Reading…

  6. US Specialty Formulations co-founder one of few Blacks in pharmaceutical leadership positions

    USSF is Developing an Oral COVID Vaccine. For Dr. Kyle Flanigan of Bethlehem, one of few African Americans in a pharmaceutical business leadership position, getting into the field wasn’t a challenge; it was what came afterward. “The challenge for Black people in this industry is recognition and promotion,” said Flanigan, co-founder and chief executive officer Continue Reading…

  7. UBMe Now Provides Real-Time Restaurant Feedback

    With support from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners, the Southside Bethlehem KIZ and Pennsylvania CareerLink, Bethlehem technology company, UBMe has officially launched real-time feedback for restaurants on the UBMe App, which will revolutionize the way customers can obtain live information from restaurants and the way online reviews will take place moving forward. Dating back to the beginning of Continue Reading…

  8. Sivana Converting to Add 400 Jobs at Sunbury Plant

    The owner of an incoming industrial hemp manufacturer expects at least 400 jobs by the time it reaches full production in summer 2023. Ben Franklin client Sivana Converting LLC‘s CEO, Soheil Shahrooz, recently provided a tour to U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-12, and other local officials of the 350,000-square-foot space that once housed the former Continue Reading…