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  1. Governor’s 2020-21 Budget Proposes $5 Million Increase for Ben Franklin

    Smart investments in innovation, high-tech development fuel Pa.’s economy Gov. Tom Wolf announced that his proposed 2020-21 General Fund budget will include a $5 million increase for the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA), which funds the statewide Ben Franklin Technology Partners initiative, one of the most widely known and emulated state technology-based economic development Continue Reading…

  2. Robert Tucker to keynote iXchange: SPARK! Managing the Future

    Often described as “America’s innovation coach,” Robert B. Tucker helps leaders spark innovative thinking in themselves and their teams using some surprisingly simple yet powerful concepts. Tucker bases his content on more than 20 years of research and real-world coaching experience to help leaders develop the mindset, toolset, and skillset of the innovator — necessary qualities Continue Reading…

  3. Vigon International receives natural gas service funding

    BFTP client Vigon International will benefit from state funding that will help it extend natural gas service. Vigon, a manufacturer of flavor, fragrance, personal care, and nutraceutical ingredients, will invest more than $11 million in the project and create an additional 75 jobs, while maintaining its current workforce of 125 employees. The Pipeline Investment Program, Continue Reading…

  4. BFTP Job Opportunity: President and CEO

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania seeks a candidate to be its next President and Chief Executive Officer. This Bethlehem, PA-based, 20-person non-profit organization is Pennsylvania’s technology-based economic development organization serving the 21 counties that comprise the northeast third of Pennsylvania. Headquartered on the Mountaintop Campus of Lehigh University, Ben Franklin invests PA Continue Reading…

  5. Chad Paul to Retire as President and CEO of Ben Franklin NE PA

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has announced the retirement of R. Chadwick Paul, Jr. as President and Chief Executive Officer. Paul has served since 2002 and will retire effective July 1, 2020. During Paul’s 18-year tenure as President and CEO, the Ben Franklin Technology Partners Pennsylvania network has Continue Reading…

  6. BFTP Job Opportunity: Regional Manager, Greater Lehigh Valley

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP) invites applications for the position of Regional Manager, Greater Lehigh Valley. The successful candidate will lead and direct BFTP’s entrepreneurial and advanced manufacturing activities in the Greater Lehigh Valley region (Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton counties). The Regional Manager will establish and maintain contact with innovative Continue Reading…

  7. Ben Franklin Clients Cited in New York Times Story

    A January New York Times article cites Ben Franklin Technology Partners clients/alumni OraSure Technologies, Just Born, and Freshpet as examples of the manufacturing sector that helped lead the Lehigh Valley economic renaissance.

  8. Scranton focus: A booming business climate

    Incubators and investment – On the industrial front, three themes are quietly dominating the headlines in the Greater Scranton area, according to Ken Okrepkie, regional manager with the Ben Franklin Technology Partners. These involve business incubator success, availability of venture capital if a company agrees to stay in the region and a wave of private investment. Continue Reading…

  1. Apis Innovation Wins Ben Franklin Venture Idol

     “Ask yourself: what would you want to invest in?” “Keep investors informed, and be transparent on both positive developments and problems in your start-up.” “Investors are selecting you as a management team, so be ready to push back as the experts in your business.” Four Ben Franklin portfolio companies who participated in previous Venture Idol Continue Reading…

  2. The Importance of University Partnerships

    BFTP client and serial entrepreneur,  Dr. R. Sam Niedbala, CEO of CryoConcepts, LP, Bethlehem, producer of patented cryosurgical tools for physicians, veterinarians, aestheticians, and consumers, presents to the PA House of Representatives Policy and Appropriations committees on how BFTP helped his company. https://wi.st/2PPLZGA

  3. The State of Innovation: Generating Ideas to Grow PA

    Pennsylvania’s once trailblazing innovation economy has grown stagnant, according to a recent report by the Brookings Institution. To combat this downward trend, nearly 150 business and civic leaders from around the Commonwealth attended a Grow PA event at Penn State Harrisburg, which included a presentation by BFTP/NEP’s Ken Okrepkie, to spark ideas to jumpstart innovation once Continue Reading…

  4. Ben Franklin to Invest $578,000 in the Regional Economy

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $578,000 in support of regional economic development. Clients are early-stage, technology-based firms and established manufacturers in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area. (Coverage via Lehigh Valley Business) Investments that are identified as continuation projects indicate that the client achieved pre-determined Continue Reading…

  5. Gas Pedal to the Floor

    BFTP client, Nick Gilson, CEO of Gilson Snow, Inc., Winfield, manufacturer of innovative snowboards and skis, presents to the PA House of Representatives Policy and Appropriations committees on how BFTP helped his company.  https://wi.st/2JF2O3p

  6. BF TechVentures Hosts PA Latino Convention

    The PA Latino Convention guests’ October 31st visit to Ben Franklin TechVentures included an overview of Ben Franklin Technology Partners support and a panel presentation by TechVentures resident companies that are led by Latinos.

  7. Cernostics’ TissueCypher Accurately Risk Stratifies Barrett’s Esophagus Patients

    Cernostics, developer of AI-driven image analysis solutions for pathology assessment of tissue biopsies, announced two upcoming professional conferences at which the company will present positive clinical evidence supporting its  TissueCypher® Barrett’s Esophagus Assay as a means to improve risk prediction in patients with Barrett’s esophagus in both low-grade dysplasia and non-dysplastic disease. This represents the fourth Continue Reading…

  8. Saladax Validates Rapid Clozapine Point-of-Care Testing to Aid in Treating Schizophrenia

    Saladax Biomedical announced clinical validations of its clozapine point-of-care testing device, MyCareTM Insite, to aid psychiatrists in improving the treatment of patients with schizophrenia. The test uses a single drop of blood and takes six minutes, versus current laboratory-based tests, which require tubes of blood and can take days to get results. MyCare Insite is Continue Reading…