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  1. LifeAire Systems Featured on WITF SmartTalk

    During the NPR affiliate WITF SmartTalk segment, CEO Dr. Kathryn C. Worrilow described LifeAire Systems’ proprietary and transformational air purification systems that are capable of killing infectious airborne pathogens including COVID-19. The company has also applied its technology to develop a portable, rapid decontamination unit for N95 masks that kills COVID-19 within all layers of Continue Reading…

  2. UBMe Partners with Bethlehem to Improve COVID Vaccine Distribution

    With the COVID-19 vaccine ready for use, a challenging aspect is the actual distribution process. The difficulty lies with vaccinating a large number of people efficiently while keeping health parameters in place to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez announced that the City of Bethlehem, the Bethlehem Health Bureau and UBMe have formed Continue Reading…

  3. Ken Okrepkie featured on TecBridge Radio

    BFTP/NEP Pocono/Northeast Regional Manager Ken Okrepkie was featured on TecBridge radio, hosted by Don Webster of TecBridge, and aired on 94.3 The Talker on Saturday, Jan. 9. Okrepkie welcomed new Ben Franklin president Angelo Valletta, highlighted BFTP’s Return to Health program, and provided an overview of the value that Ben Franklin brings to technology-based entrepreneurs Continue Reading…

  4. LifeAire Systems Presents in PA DCED’s Innovating to Recovery Series

    Deputy Secretary of Technology and Innovation Steve D’Ettorre of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) hosted a media call Tuesday morning announcing the efforts of Allentown-based manufacturer LifeAire Systems, LLC to fight the coronavirus. Deputy Secretary D’Ettorre was joined by LifeAire Systems CEO Dr. Kathryn C. Worrilow, and representatives from the Ben Continue Reading…

  5. LifeAire Systems Introduces N95 Mask Decontamination Unit for Workers

    LifeAire Systems has introduced its Aire~N95™ portable, rapid, chemical-free decontamination unit for N95 masks. The unit is designed to kill COVID-19 and all other bacteria, viruses, and fungi on the surface and within the layers of the mask. Improves workplace safety Minimizes the impact of supply shortages Ideal for large teams requiring N95 masks on Continue Reading…

  6. Nazareth Pallet busy with a rise in online shopping, plus the arrival of the COVID vaccine

    Businesses need pallets before they can ship goods. Foundational to shipping and receiving, trucking and distribution, commerce and trade, the wooden pallet and skid business is brisk and strong demand for these handling workhorses is expected to continue. Having pallets move through the supply chain quickly is a top priority. “That’s a very important role we Continue Reading…

  7. BFTP Remembers and Thanks Gov. Dick Thornburgh

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners honors the legacy of Governor Dick Thornburgh, who created the statewide Ben Franklin program and guided the Commonwealth and its residents toward economic prosperity and renewed opportunity. His efforts resulted in a dynamic, flexible foundation for innovation that has earned bipartisan support since its inception. That work continues today, stronger Continue Reading…

  8. UBMe’s New System Provides Automatic Printing of Online Orders in Restaurant Kitchens

    UBMe and Star Micronics have partnered to launch a new restaurant technology that automatically prints online orders, increasing restaurant efficiency and safety. Once a customer places an online food order, the order is automatically printed on the Star Micronics printer in the kitchen, ensuring that no orders are delayed or skipped. This technology is particularly Continue Reading…

  1. Ben Franklin to Invest $250,000 in the Regional Economy

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $250,000 in support of regional economic development. Four companies in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area received funding. BFTP/NEP announces the following early-stage company investments, which are provided in the form of loans with warrants. mXtr Automation, Williamsport, Lycoming County Continue Reading…

  2. Ben Franklin Clients Innovating to Recovery

    As the government, public, and private sectors continue to address the severe problems created by the COVID-19 pandemic, many Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) clients contribute to the efforts. Ben Franklin enables client companies to not only create highly paid, sustainable technology-based jobs, but also to develop innovative solutions that fight COVID-19 Continue Reading…

  3. LVEDC’s December Lehigh Valley Startup Posted

    The December 2020 issue of LVstartup, a monthly e-newsletter about entrepreneurs and startups in the Lehigh Valley, has been released. This month’s edition includes Ben Franklin Venture Idol, a blog by Chad Paul on client diversity, and news on BFTP clients UBeMe, Gilson Snow, and Ophidion. Via LVEDC. 

  4. OraSure Featured on CBS Sunday Morning

    BFTP client OraSure Technologies has blazed a trail in at-home diagnostic tests. Now, the Pennsylvania-based biotech company is working to produce a quick, over-the-counter coronavirus test that consumers can take in the privacy of their home with results available in minutes. OraSure CEO Dr. Steve Tang highlighted the importance of COVID testing with NPR’s Allison Continue Reading…

  5. Ben Franklin Appoints Angelo J. Valletta as President and Chief Operating Officer

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Angelo J. Valletta as President and Chief Operating Officer. Valletta will succeed R. Chadwick Paul, Jr., who will retire on March 31, 2021. In his new role, Valletta will have full operating responsibilities for the Ben Franklin Technology Continue Reading…

  6. New Angel Investor Fund Spearheaded by NEPA Alliance

    Pat Sandone is an entrepreneur who built highly successful web solutions provider and Ben Franklin client Net Driven, which employs 100, and from which he successfully exited in 2015. Sandone is among the first investors in StartUP NEPA, a new angel investor fund being spearheaded by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA). Fund organizers at the Continue Reading…

  7. USSF and Vaxform Developing Oral COVID-19 Vaccine

    Governor Tom Wolf announced that US Specialty Formulations LLC (USSF), a pharmaceutical manufacturing company, will expand its operations in Allentown, Lehigh County to continue its work developing a COVID-19 vaccine in partnership with VaxForm LLC. Both companies are clients of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania. This project will create at least 97 Continue Reading…

  8. UBMe Launches Revolutionary Online Ordering and Curbside Communication Product for Restaurants

    New product helps restaurants increase revenue while safely and conveniently communicating with customers during COVID-19 restrictions in cooler weather. With investment support from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Southside Bethlehem KIZ, UBMe, Inc., a hyperlocal technology company, has launched a new product called Online Ordering and Curbside Communication, to help restaurants Continue Reading…