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  1. Why the Medical Device Industry is a Good Bet in Lehigh Valley

    Lehigh Valley has developed a critical mass of medical device companies because of this life science trifecta: talent, location, investment. Talent: Medical Device manufacturing companies recruit talent from Lehigh Valley’s 11 colleges and universities – including Lehigh University’s prestigious engineering college – and other top research schools within short drive. Local schools produce nearly 4,000 graduates Continue Reading…

  2. 2021-22 Budget Invests in Innovation by Continuing Support for Ben Franklin

    Statewide initiative to receive $14.5 million Pennsylvania’s 2021-22 General Fund budget provides $14.5 million in funding to the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA), which funds the Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP), a statewide economic development initiative that invests in and supports high-tech entrepreneurs and startups and innovative manufacturers. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Continue Reading…

  3. LifeAire Systems sees staggering growth with COVID-19 demand for air purification

    “The number of locations in which we now have the LifeAire Systems technology increased 350% from the pre-pandemic time to the current time, and the number of LifeAire products installed increased 700%,” said Dr. Kathryn C. Worrilow, LifeAire Systems Founder and CEO. Among the new customers is Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s TechVentures Continue Reading…

  4. Northeastern PA is a Leading Innovation Hub, But More Investments are Needed

    Northeastern PA is a Leading Innovation Hub Thanks to Talent, Support Network, and Location, But More Investments are Needed to Succeed Against Increasing Competition By Angelo J. Valletta, President and CEO, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania I have worn many hats in my career and I have enjoyed leading organizations that generate transformational impacts Continue Reading…

  5. Valletta Visits Bridgeworks Enterprise Center

    Ben Franklin President and CEO Angelo Valletta learned more about Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network member, the Allentown Economic Development Corporation’s (AEDC) Bridgeworks Enterprise Center, during a visit in mid June. Pictured here are AEDC Program Manager, David Dunn; Valletta; AEDC Executive Director Scott Unger; and Ben Franklin Manager of Entrepreneurial Support, Anthony Durante.

  6. LifeAire Systems‘ Air Purification Technology Protecting Ben Franklin TechVentures Against COVID-19

    Ben Franklin TechVentures® has installed an air purification system that removes up to 99% of COVID-19 pathogens in a single pass through the system. These transformational and advanced air purification systems are from Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania client LifeAire Systems, LLC. “With many of our clients operating as essential businesses since the Continue Reading…

  7. Vizinex’s new RFID tag has longer range, smaller size

    Vizinex RFID has released its latest long-read RFID tag, the XLR. The Radio Frequency Identification Tag has an extra-long read range of more than 100 feet on metal surfaces and is designed for outdoor and industrial use such as construction, yard and cargo management and vehicle and container tracking. The tag was made to withstand vibration, weather Continue Reading…

  8. OraSure’s COVID-19 rapid test gets FDA authorization

    Bethlehem’s OraSure Technologies Inc. announced it has received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its COVID-19 rapid antigen test. The test, which OraSure branded as InteliSwab, has been authorized for three uses: over-the-counter use without a prescription as well as for professional use and prescription home use. With the InteliSwab, Continue Reading…

  1. Ben Franklin to Invest $150,000 in the Regional Economy

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Board of Directors has approved the investment of $150,000 in support of regional economic development. Three companies from 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. Good2Go Software, LLC, Shickshinny, Luzerne County Continue Reading…

  2. Angelo Valletta Interview on iHeartRadio

    “The team doesn’t work for me; I work for the team. And the team works for our clients, constituents, and partners,” says BFTP/NEP President and CEO Angelo Valletta. Listen on iHeartRadio, Outlook, hosted by Dan Holzman, airing Sunday, June 6, 2021: 6am -WAEB-AM 790; 7am – WSAN-AM 1470; 7am – WZZO-FM 95.1; and 7am – WAEB-FM 104.1.

  3. USSF Oral Covid-19 Vaccine Cleared for Phase One Clinical Trials

    BFTP clients US Specialty Formulations (USSF), a cGMP pharmaceutical manufacturer, and VaxForm, a vaccine development company, announced positive results from pre-clinical safety and immunological studies for their oral-dosage COVID-19 vaccine, demonstrating the formulation is safe to proceed to human clinical trials. The USSF/Vaxform CoV-OGEN1 vaccine presented serum antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2 in mammals ingesting the vaccine Continue Reading…

  4. State Needs to Continue Investing in Innovation

    Via Reading Eagle, May 19, 2021 Editor: As the COVID pandemic enters a new phase, Pennsylvania is in a race to economic recovery — and we’re competing with other states. Since the early days of this pandemic, Ben Franklin Technology Partners has been working around the clock to address this public health crisis. Our clients Continue Reading…

  5. Ben Franklin Presents iXchange; Watch Video!

    The iXchange video is posted online here. Retiring CEO Chad Paul Honored With Multiple Dedications   Dedicating a large meeting and conference room, renaming an Innovation Award, and naming a private street – all to honor R. Chadwick Paul, Jr., retiring President and CEO of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP). (photo Continue Reading…

  6. BFTP Appoints Melanie A. Kohler as Chief Technology Officer

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has announced the appointment of Melanie A. Kohler as Chief Technology Officer. Kohler will succeed Aaron B. Balch, who will retire on June 30, 2021. In her new role, Kohler will identify, support, and oversee the information technology (IT) infrastructure for the Ben Franklin Technology Partners Continue Reading…

  7. Cernostics’ Product Showcased as a Significant Tool Against Esophageal Cancer

    Digestive Disease Week® 2021 to Showcase Cernostics’ TissueCypher® Barrett’s Esophagus Assay as a Paradigm-shifting Precision Medicine Tool Ben Franklin client Cernostics, a pioneer in delivering spatialomics to the clinic, announced that new results from clinical studies on its TissueCypher® Barrett’s Esophagus Assay will be presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW®) 2021, taking place May 21-23. Continue Reading…

  8. Verde Mantis Founder Named Among Penn State’s 40 Under 40

    Joseph Sinclair, the founder of Ben Franklin client Verde Mantis, was selected for The Penn State College of Engineering’s “40 under 40” Award. This award is given to graduates who are 40 years old or younger for their early career impact. Read more.