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  1. NextShift to Streamline Healthcare Processes

    Doctors and their patients have a lot to keep track of during and after a visit – discharge instructions, medication reminders, and follow-up appointments. Ben Franklin TechVentures start-up NextShift LLC is applying technology to streamline that process. Via Lehigh Valley Business:

  2. Bridgeworks Enterprise Center Reaches Capacity and Breaks Records

    Clients of the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center, a member of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network, together earned nearly $7 million in revenue, and employed 31 full-time and another 43 part-time/contracted employees in 2018. The Allentown Economic Development Corporation announced the aggregated results of its annual Incubator Client Impact Survey.

  3. Applied Separations Featured for #NationalInventor’sDay

    Applied Separations develops machinery that utilizes supercritical carbon dioxide for processes including fragrance and spice extractions, cleaning medical implements, and waterless dyeing of textiles. The company has received multiple BFTP investments to develop its technology and streamline its manufacturing, and New Tripoli Bank helped finance Applied Separations’ headquarters in center city Allentown. Via @NewTripBank:

  4. Innovative Control Systems Expanding

    Ben Franklin client Innovative Control Systems, the industry-leading provider of car wash control, payment, and management systems, is expanding operations and opening a new 52,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in the Lehigh Valley. Via LVEDC:

  5. Carenade Health Becomes New Ben Franklin TechVentures Resident Company

    Carenade Health is creating an easy-to-use, efficient online tool through which consumers can compare prices, read reviews, and buy in-home health care services for themselves or their loved ones. Via The Morning Call:

  6. Georg Fischer Harvel Among Global CPVC Pipe & Fittings 2018 Top Manufacturers

    The critical and significant data in the study makes the research a very important tool for experts, analysts and managers to get ready-to-access analysis by the industry professionals. More:

  7. Four Ben Franklin Clients Receive KIZ Tax Credits

    Ben Franklin clients/TechVentures resident companies NextShift Interactive, US Specialty Formulations, Logic54 LLC, and Mind Me Inc. were among seven start-ups to receive tax credits through the Southside Bethlehem Keystone Innovation Zone, which is administered by the Bethlehem Economic Development Corp. Via Lehigh Valley Business:

  8. OraSure to Buy Two Companies

    OraSure Technologies Inc. of Bethlehem has agreed to acquire two companies that will open new markets and add between $4 million and $7 million to its net revenues this year. Via Lehigh Valley Business:

  1. Innovative Control Systems Expanding, Hiring More Workers in Lehigh Valley

    A manufacturer of point-of-purchase hardware and quality control systems for car washes will consolidate three locations into a single expanded location in Lower Nazareth, and will grow employment from 135 to about 200. Via Morning Call:  

  2. TRuCapSol Celebrates Grand Opening of its Bridgeworks Lab

    TRuCapSol, which accomplished much of its R&D at Ben Franklin TechVentures, is the newest tenant of the Allentown Economic Development Corp.’s Bridgeworks Enterprise Center. Bridgeworks is a member of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network. TRuCapSol manufactures time-release capsules for consumer products that are strong enough to protect their contents, such as the fragrance in Continue Reading…

  3. TechVentures Startup is Revolutionizing the Information Kiosk Industry

    HootBoard has developed a digital concierge platform, providing informative hardware and software in public places the way smartphones provide information in the palm of a user’s hand. Via LVEDC:

  4. HootBoard – New Ben Franklin TechVentures Resident Company  

     Technology That Customizes Information Kiosks Faster, Cheaper, and Better HootBoard is changing the way people get information in hotels, schools, hospitals and workplaces. The company has developed a digital concierge platform; in other words, Hootboard provides information-rich hardware and software in public places the way smart phones provide information in the palm of a user’s Continue Reading…

  5. Silberline Expanding, Adding Capabilities

    Silberline Manufacturing Co. of Schuylkill County broke ground on a 22,000-square-foot manufacturing expansion, which will allow the company to produce pigments compatible with waterborne coating systems. Once finished, Silberline says it will be the “leading waterborne compatible aluminum pigment manufacturer in North America.” Via Morning Call:

  6. Particle Sciences boosts manufacturing services with Pennsylvania site

    The 5,000-square-foot Bethlehem-based expansion responds to client demand, says Particle Sciences president Robert Lee: “The market for services is growing, yet the supply of CMOs interested in taking on these complex drug products is not.” Via

  7. East Penn Manufacturing Foresees Bright Future

    As worldwide demand for batteries grows, East Penn Manufacturing Co. and EnerSys, two of the world’s largest battery makers and both headquartered in Berks County, are expanding research and development. The two companies are exploring lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries for a variety of applications including telecommunications, electric vehicles and back-up power to electric grids. East Continue Reading…

  8. Micro Interventional Devices Successfully Treats First-in-Human Patient with Percutaneous MIA

    Successful patient’s tricuspid heart valve repair using new procedure and tools Micro Interventional Devices, Inc.™ (MID) announced today the world’s first percutaneous implantation of its MIA, Minimally Invasive Annuloplasty, technology for tricuspid and mitral repair. This marks the first patient enrolled in the transcatheter arm of the STTAR (Study of Transcatheter Tricuspid Annular Repair) trial being Continue Reading…