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  1. Inside Pennsylvania’s Tech Renaissance

    In the early 1980s, Pennsylvania’s economy was dealing with high unemployment as major industries like steel were in severe decline. The Commonwealth needed a bridge between its struggling manufacturing economy and the technology-based economy that would carry the state forward. The state government put Pennsylvania on the trajectory to become a tech hub, and, in 1983 created Continue Reading…

  2. OraSure Fights COVID-19 with Antigen Test

    With the global COVID-19 pandemic, CEO Stephen Tang and his team at Ben Franklin client OraSure Technologies are facing their biggest challenge yet, creating a test that will accurately and quickly determine if a person has been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. During a recent press conference, Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, called the Continue Reading…

  3. Verde Mantis wins Berks Alliance Business Plan Challenge

    Verde Mantis, LLC, Reading, which produces easy-to-use, affordable 3D desktop printers, won the 2020 Business Plan Challenge sponsored by the Berks Alliance, a collaboration of businesses and organizations within Greater Reading. The company was awarded a $20,000 investment. Via Lehigh Valley Business.

  4. Vizinex RFID Releases New, Flexible Inventory Tag

    Vizinex RFID, a Bethlehem-based tech company that develops and manufactures radio frequency identification tags, has developed a new product line that will increase the number of industries it can serve. Vizinex’s original tags are made to adhere to flat metal surfaces to be used for inventory tracking of products. Now, the company has launched two new Continue Reading…

  5. OraSure Creating 177 new jobs, retaining 233 more with New COVID-19 Test

    OraSure Technologies Inc., a developer and manufacturer of rapid diagnostic tests, collection, and stabilization devices headquartered in Bethlehem, will expand its manufacturing operations, creating 177 new jobs and retaining 233 jobs. OraSure was one of Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ earliest clients. “At a time when the Commonwealth is ramping up COVID-19 testing, OraSure Technologies’ expansion Continue Reading…

  6. Verde Mantis to Launch 3D Printer KickStarter

    BFTP client Verde Mantis’s KickStarter crowd-funding campaign, launching this Fall, will allow early investor VIPs to receive the biggest discount on a Mantis 3D Printer. These easy-to-use, innovative 3D printers let users connect from any WiFi device, upload a file, and press print. The Mantis does the rest! Verde Mantis has expertly combined hardware and Continue Reading…

  7. BridgeWorks Client Manufactures PushSafe, no-touch solution for elevator buttons

    It looks like rows of toothpicks that can be broken from a small plastic board. The plastic pins offer anyone who rides an elevator in a hotel, hospital, office complex, or other high-rise building a chance to avoid the dreaded coronavirus, which can be found on surfaces such as buttons. Polymer Countours, Inc., maker of Continue Reading…

  8. OraSure says rapid COVID-19 test should be ready by 4Q

    Ben Franklin client, OraSure Technologies, expects to launch its COVID-19 rapid antigen in-home self-test by the fourth quarter of this year. The test is being built on the same OraQuick platform that the company has used to create similar tests for HIV and Hepatitis C. The OraQuick Coronavirus Rapid Antigen Self-Test is a potential game-changer, Continue Reading…

  1. ‘Hey, I’m outside’: UBMe app can help consumers navigate curbside pickup

    Contactless transactions have become one of those buzzword phrases during the months-long pandemic. UBMe founder Val Arzunian thinks there is a better way for restaurants, doctors offices, and other businesses to handle those interactions with less inconvenience for them or consumers. Arzunian and David Bougard, who run UBMe Inc., created a product, Curbside Communication, that Continue Reading…

  2. Ben Franklin to Invest $114,500 in the Regional Economy

    Five companies in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area received a total of $114,500 in support of regional economic development. BFTP/NEP’s annual challenge grant is funding investments in two established manufacturers to apply new technology to help them succeed globally by producing better, faster, and/or at a lower cost. Ben Franklin provides 1:1 matching funding to established Continue Reading…

  3. NEPA tech firms named in most recent Ben Franklin funding round

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania picked regional tech firms to receive a part of nearly $550,000 in a recent funding round. In all 14 companies, both early-stage and established manufacturers were selected from across the state-funded agency’s 21-county footprint, and nine business incubators within its network received funding. Via NE PA Business Journal

  4. Lehigh Valley once again ranks as among best for economic development

    The Lehigh Valley is once again one of the top regions in both the Northeast and the nation when it comes to economic development activity in 2019. The Lehigh Valley was ranked as the third-best region in the Northeast, outranking such metropolitan areas as Pittsburgh and Boston, and just one project beneath second-ranked Philadelphia. Via Continue Reading…

  5. LifeAire’s Technology Purifies Air at St. Luke’s Allentown

    A passion for pure air links St. Luke’s with local entrepreneur Kathryn Worrilow, PhD, in a win-win partnership that benefits patients, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. It began in 2017 when Dr. Worrilow’s company, Ben Franklin client LifeAire Systems, designed and installed an experimental air purification system serving 14 patient rooms on the fifth floor Continue Reading…

  6. Pennsylvania Tech Steps Up in COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

    By Dennis M. Davin, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Earlier this year when the COVID-19 pandemic halted operations of Pennsylvania and the entire world, we found ourselves in the position of balancing public health and safety with economic and community recovery efforts. We know that personal protective equipment, including masks, face shields, Continue Reading…

  7. Ben Franklin Invests $210,500 in 4 Early-Stage Firms

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $210,500 in support of four early-stage, technology-based firms in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area. Investments identified as continuation projects indicate that the client achieved pre-determined milestones and is receiving more funding to accomplish additional project work. BFTP/NEP announces the Continue Reading…

  8. UBMe helping businesses during pandemic through app

    UBMe is a curbside communications app. Customers make appointments with a business, and, when they arrive, they communicate with the business via the app. “I would say it has gone from something optional to something more of a utility. Where it is something that is truly needed not only to make people feel more safe Continue Reading…