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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. ‘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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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

  4. 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…

  5. Material Solution Services Submits PA DEP Application

    Company is Partnering with Lehigh’s Enterprise Systems Center and Ben Franklin Technology Partners to Revolutionize Land Reclamation Material Solution Services, Inc. (MSS), Northampton, has applied for approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) to commercialize new composite materials that can be used for general fill in land development, construction material, and mine Continue Reading…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…