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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Ben Franklin Holds First Virtual Tiger Session

    Solo Labs Benefits from Sales and Marketing Strategy Meeting Via Zoom The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) recently held its first-ever virtual “Tiger Session.” The benefitting client was SOLO Laboratories, Inc., Kutztown, which received marketing and sales mentorship from tigers: Peter Gonze, Marketing and Business Strategy Consultant; Pete Molinaro, Chairman and CEO, Continue Reading…

  5. LifeAire Awaiting FDA Approval for Rapid and Complete Disinfection Unit for N95 Masks

    Mask Decontamination Unit Builds on LifeAire’s Air Purification Technology LifeAire Systems, LLC, Allentown, has applied to the US Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization for its portable, rapid, chemical-free decontamination unit for N95 masks. LifeAire, a client of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, is innovating against COVID-19. The Aire~PPE™ Decontamination Unit’s proven Continue Reading…

  6. Ben Franklin Reading Clients Innovating During COVID-19

    The Spring 2020 Greater Reading Commerce Quarterly includes stories on Ben Franklin Greater Reading Clients Innovating During COVID-19 (pp. 12-13);  Solo Laboratories, Inc., Kutztown, winning a Ben Franklin Innovation Award (p. 13); and Ben Franklin’s participation as a partner in the Berks PPE Network (p. 19).

  7. LifeAire Systems Designs Decontamination Unit for N95 Masks

    LifeAire Systems was already helping in the fight against the coronavirus, as the air purification systems the Upper Macungie Township-based company manufactured were designed to kill or inactivate the most infectious biological pathogens, including COVID-19. Now, LifeAire is taking that fight one step further, with a brand new product that uses the company’s air purification technology Continue Reading…

  8. Advanced Air Purification Prevents Spread of COVID-19 at St. Luke’s Allentown

    Ensuring that the air entering hospital patient care units is clear of airborne pathogens is more critical than ever during the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. To expand the sterile zone for med-surg patients recuperating on the fifth floor at the St. Luke’s Allentown Campus, a second highly specialized in-duct air purification unit is being installed. The five-stage, Continue Reading…

  1. LifeAire Uses Proprietary Technology to Sterilize the Air

    “Our initial mission was to protect the human embryo. Which is an extremely sensitive cell,” said Dr. Kathryn Worrilow, CEO of Ben Franklin client LifeAire Systems. “Once we learned that airborne metrics were so important, we looked for a commercial solution to purchase and there was nothing that we were able to purchase.” It took Continue Reading…

  2. How businesses adapted to survive, thrive during COVID-19 pandemic

    Many businesses are taking the time to help others during the crisis. The list of creative ways businesses have found to help those fighting COVID-19 on the front lines is long. BFTP client Applied Separations of Allentown found a way to take the personal protective wear their staff uses and sanitize them so that they Continue Reading…

  3. Area businesses fight COVID-19 with innovation

    As the economic wreckage of the COVID-19 war piles higher, some clients of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania serve on the regional battlefield by distributing products and services that can directly aid in the response and recovery effort. “Ben Franklin Technology Partners invests in innovative solutions for many industries,” said Ken Okrepkie, Continue Reading…

  4. Noble Biomaterials has new lease on technology in COVID-19 fight

    Noble Biomaterials, spent most of its time fighting the same kinds of villains — bacteria and stinky gym socks — by bonding silver to fibers for the textile industry. Global athletic wear and sports equipment companies are big customers because silver neutralizes odor. A new bad guy, the coronavirus, invigorated the market for its antimicrobial Continue Reading…

  5. LifeAire to Introduce Rapid and Complete Disinfection Unit for N95 Masks

    Pending US FDA Emergency Use Authorization approval, LifeAire Systems, LLC, Allentown, will introduce a portable, rapid, chemical-free decontamination unit for N95 masks. The Aire~PPE™ Decontamination Unit features: • Designed to kill COVID-19 and all other bacteria, viruses, and fungi on the surface and within the layers of the mask • Capable of disinfecting more than Continue Reading…

  6. How companies tied to Ben Franklin TechVentures are fighting COVID-19

    Some Lehigh Valley companies are about to get a big boost as they work to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. Pennsylvania’s Ben Franklin Technical Development Authority announced in April it awarded $1 million to each of the four Ben Franklin Technology Partners to support affected companies. Each of the statewide centers is matching the $1 million Continue Reading…

  7. Ben Franklin Announces Staff Promotions

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has announced two staff promotions. Laura L. Lawrence was promoted to Senior Project Manager. In addition to ensuring compliance with state, federal, and organizational regulations, her new role will include the management of client financial deals and investment reporting. Lawrence has served for 12 years at Continue Reading…

  8. Pandemic causing entrepreneurs to shift gears

    The downtime created from the COVID-19 pandemic gave prospective entrepreneurs a chance to realize their dream to start a new business. It also offered an opportunity for entrepreneurs who already started their businesses to change direction to produce something to fill a coronavirus-caused need. Feature citing Ben Franklin clients American Paper Bag, LLC, Sugar Notch; ConnexiCore, Continue Reading…