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  1. BRAND BUILDING for Small Business

    “BRAND BUILDING for Small Business” is a branding/communications blog designed for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Produced by two experienced communications professionals who worked for a company within the Berkshire Hathaway family, its goal is to provide practical, Do-It-Yourself advice about creating a brand identity. It provides simple, straightforward tips that can be executed by a Continue Reading…

  2. Noble Biomaterials Produces Face Masks with Antimicrobial Properties

    Repeated wear of cloth masks can cause unpleasant odors, discoloration and deterioration of the fabric, explains Jeffrey Keane, CEO of BFTP Client Noble Biomaterials, a biotechnology company specializing in antimicrobials for soft surfaces. Antimicrobial masks aim to solve that issue, in addition to self-sanitizing — basically, the face mask includes materials that help keep it clean Continue Reading…

  3. BFTP Invests in Lehigh Valley Clients Affected by COVID-19

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has announced financial investments in multiple start-up companies and established manufacturers in Lehigh Valley, including emergency funding that will help these businesses during the economic challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “As we work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that Ben Franklin’s nimble Continue Reading…

  4. What if you could safely reuse an N95 mask 20 times?

    “Our system was designed to kill the anthrax spore,” explains Dr. Kathryn C. Worrilow, founder and CEO  “That’s the most difficult biological spore to kill. If you can kill that, you can kill anything.” Worrilow describes the Aire~PPE Decontamination Unit as behaving like “a large microwave.” Users put N95 masks inside and within about four Continue Reading…

  5. BFTP Invests $404K in 17 Manufacturers with Return to Health Funding

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) announces that it has made emergency investments in 17 regional manufacturers totaling $404,370 to help these companies accelerate the recovery from the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. The funds were provided through a $1 million disbursement from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Continue Reading…

  6. BFTP Invests $1.4M in 18 Early-Stage Firms with Return to Health Funding

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) announces that it has made emergency investments in 18 regional start-ups totaling $1,435,500 to protect existing portfolio clients during the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. The funds were provided through a $1 million disbursement from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) that was Continue Reading…

  7. Ben Franklin Client’s Business is “in the bag”

    While many businesses are struggling, even closing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, American Paper Bag’s business is flourishing because of what officials call good timing. Via WNEP16

  8. PA Innovation Video Features BFTP Clients

    Thank you to all the Pennsylvanians who are stepping up to fight COVID-19. Via Gov. Wolf

  1. OraSure receives $630K to help develop oral test for coronavirus antibody

    OraSure Technologies, Inc. received nearly $630,000 from a contract with the federal Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority to help develop an oral test for coronavirus antibodies. The test could help identify people who had a COVID-19 infection, even without symptoms, potentially allowing them to safely return to work or other activities if data show Continue Reading…

  2. Ben Franklin Invests $547,500 in the Regional Economy

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $547,500 in support of regional economic development. Clients are six early-stage, technology-based firms, eight established manufacturers, and nine business incubators in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area. Investments identified as continuation projects indicate that the client achieved pre-determined milestones and Continue Reading…

  3. Material Solution Services Submits PA DEP Application

    Company is Partnering with Lehigh’s Enterprise Systems Center and Ben Franklin Technology Partners to Revolutionize Land Reclamation Material Solution Services, Inc. (MSS), Northampton, has applied for approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) to commercialize new composite materials that can be used for general fill in land development, construction material, and mine Continue Reading…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…