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  1. Hero’s Kafe in TechVentures Pivots to Help AHA Residents

    Hero’s Kafe, based in Ben Franklin TechVentures, had to be creative when COVID-19 forced it to temporarily close its breakfast and lunch business. The restaurant teamed with the Allentown Housing Authority to provide meals each weekday to residents — many of whom face higher exposure risk of the deadly disease due to age and infirmities. Continue Reading…

  2. Clients Innovating Against COVID-19

    As the government, public, and private sectors work to address the many serious problems created by the COVID-19 pandemic, several Ben Franklin clients are working directly and indirectly in the efforts. Ben Franklin Technology Partners works not only to create highly paid, sustainable jobs, but also to provide innovative solutions to improve the human condition. Continue Reading…

  3. GoggleWorks is 3-D Printing Face Shields

    Highly-sought-after face shields are being 3D printed at the Cross Trainer Mixed Reality studios inside the GoggleWorks Factory in Reading. It’s part of a partnership that’s budded in the last few days with one simple goal: to produce personal protective equipment to help in the fight against COVID-19. The groups involved include Albright College, Alvernia Continue Reading…

  4. Douglas Engler Appointed Regional Manager, Lehigh Valley

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has announced the appointment of Douglas Engler as Regional Manager, Lehigh Valley. Engler will succeed Robert S. Thomson, III, who will retire on June 30. Engler will lead and actively contribute to the regional technology ecosystem, working with business and industry groups, economic development colleagues, higher Continue Reading…

  5. Applied Separations Cleaning/Recycling Disposable Clean Room Attire to Fight COVID-19

    Applied Separations, Inc., Allentown, has discovered a method to sanitize used gowns from its ultra-clean manufacturing environment to provide  to medical staff and first responders free-of-charge, protecting both themselves and those they serve. Applied Separations manufacturers DNA-clinical kits, which are produced in ultra-clean facilities where the workers must wear attire more stringently clean than surgical Continue Reading…

  6. PA’s New COVID-19 WORKING CAPITAL ACCESS PROGRAM is Open for Applications 

    Program Details ·    Access point for this program:  Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO) for county where business is located (Find it here) ·    Eligible Businesses: Any for-profit businesses located in PA and with 100 or fewer employees worldwide may qualify for disaster relief loans. Your application must be processed through the CEDO designated for the county Continue Reading…

  7. Call for 3D Printers – St. Luke’s seeks support to produce COVID-19 protection masks

    Bethlehem’s St. Luke’s Hospital and Filament Innovations of Coplay, as well as 3D manufacturer and BFTP/NEP client ProtoCAM, have teamed to produce 3D printed N95 respirator masks and face shields for health care providers to help protect them from COVID-19. Working together, the three groups expect to produce about 300 to 350 masks and face Continue Reading…

  8. LifeAire makes air purification systems that kill COVID-19

    The air purification systems that BFTP/NEP client LifeAire Systems, Allentown, has been making for several years to combat anthrax have an increasingly timely and valuable use. LifeAire has developed in-duct air purification systems that remove airborne pathogens including COVID-19. The company is looking to produce more. Via Lehigh Valley Business

  1. BFTP Has Role in Jump-starting PA Economy with Potential Economic Stimulus Packages

    On behalf of the statewide Ben Franklin Technology Partners network, we want to express our unified support for the swift measures our Commonwealth has taken to address the business impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and respond to this pandemic. Gov. Tom Wolf, his administration, and the entire General Assembly have showed tremendous leadership during these Continue Reading…

  2. EcoTech Marine Expanding in Bethlehem

    Ben Franklin client EcoTech Marine, which began in Bethlehem producing high-end aquarium pumps, is undergoing its third expansion to accommodate growth and expand its product line. EcoTech Marine will lease about 50,000 square feet of an 88,000-square-foot building currently under construction in Lehigh Industrial Park VII. Via Lehigh Valley Business.

  3. Calling on Life Sciences and Others to Donate Supplies to Fight COVID-19

    On behalf of the hospitals, healthcare systems, life sciences companies and thousands of healthcare workers of Pennsylvania, we are asking all life sciences and other organizations to consider how you may be able to help bring additional supplies and other resources to our Commonwealth’s healthcare institutions so they can continue to test and treat patients Continue Reading…

  4. Temporary Closure of PA Businesses Due to COVID-19

    Governor Wolf has ordered all “non-life-sustaining businesses” to close at 8 p.m. March 19 or begin facing enforcement actions at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning, March 21 morning. A list of businesses defined as “life-sustaining” or “non-life-sustaining” can be found here. Some Ben Franklin clients are able to continue operating as they fall in the following Continue Reading…

  5. SBA Funds Now Available to PA Companies

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) granted Gov. Tom Wolf’s request for a disaster declaration throughout the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania businesses economically affected by COVID-19 are now eligible for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans and may apply through the SBA loan portal. Small businesses unable to secure a loan elsewhere are eligible to apply for credit Continue Reading…

  6. COVID-19: A message to our community

    Dear Ben Franklin Community: The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has been actively communicating with our economic development partners, the Commonwealth, and the federal government to solicit recommendations and provide input during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goals are to help sustain clients now and to develop an economic recovery plan for our technology-based Continue Reading…

  7. Air Purification Systems That Kill COVID-19

    Ben Franklin client LifeAire Systems, LLC, Allentown, has spent the last several years developing proprietary and revolutionary in-duct air purification systems that remove airborne pathogens, including COVID-19. The systems complement surface decontamination protocols with a 100% kill/disinfection rate for airborne COVID-19 in just one pass through the system. LifeAire’s technology has received 26 issued US Continue Reading…

  8. iXchange Rescheduled to September 10

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners has postponed its 2020 iXchange, to Thursday, September 10, beginning at 5:00 PM. It will be held at Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University. REGISTER NOW for iXchange.