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  1. BFTP CEO Angelo Valletta Featured in LVEDC’s New Executive Series

    In this 30-minute interview, LVEDC President and CEO Don Cunningham interviews BFTP/NEP President and CEO Angelo Valletta on a wide range of topics, including the process through which BFTP/NEP decides when and how to support early-stage firms and innovative manufacturers, as well as major companies that have previously gone through Ben Franklin, such as OraSure Continue Reading…

  2. Celebrating PA Manufacturing Day — October 1

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) joins the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development in celebrating Pennsylvania Manufacturing Day on October 1, 2021. Manufacturing is at the heart of Pennsylvania’s economy. (PA Dept. of L&I, QCEW, Q4 2020; bea.gov Regional Economic Accounts Q4 2020) • 8th largest manufacturing industry in the Continue Reading…

  3. UBMe Launches New UBMeFood.com

    UBMe has launched a new service, UBMeFood.com, an online ordering platform for restaurant owners. UBMe, which is a Bethlehem-based tech startup, began working with restaurant owners during the COVID-19 shutdown to eliminate the extra costs and fees associated with some online ordering systems. It noted that companies like DoorDash and Grubhub can take more than 30% Continue Reading…

  4. Dr. Jill Murray, President of Lackawanna College, Named to BFTP Board

    Lackawanna College President Dr. Jill Murray has been selected as a member of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors. BFTP/NEP has led tech-based economic growth in the region for more than 35 years. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Ben Franklin Technology Partners Board of Directors,” said Continue Reading…

  5. Ben Franklin Virtual Venture Idol 11/9/21 – REGISTER FREE

    Virtual Crowdfunding-Style Event on November 9, Free to Attend Over the past 4 years, 24 companies have competed in Ben Franklin Venture Idol. Of the 12 company finalists selected by investors: 1 has already exited at a valuation of more than $70 million 3 have raised more than $5 million since presenting 4 have raised more Continue Reading…

  6. OraSure Earns $205M Federal Contract for Rapid COVID-19 test

    BFTP alum client OraSure Technologies, Bethlehem, secured a $205 million contract from the Defense Logistics Agency to supply its InteliSwab over-the-counter COVID-19 test kits as part of the national pandemic response. OraSure will provide the test to up to 25,000 sites throughout the United States and the tests will be funded by the U.S. federal government. Continue Reading…

  7. Cernostics Contracts with Geisinger to Become In-network Provider for TissueCypher® Barrett’s Esophagus Assay

    BFTP client, Cernostics, pioneer of the worlds’ first precision medicine test to predict future development risk of esophageal cancer from Barrett’s esophagus (BE), TissueCypher® Barrett’s Esophagus Assay, has become a participating (“in-network”) provider for Geisinger Health Plan (GHP)’s more than 550,000 plan members in central, north central and east central Pennsylvania. The TissueCypher® Barrett’s Esophagus Assay Continue Reading…

  8. Ben Franklin Wins Technology Innovator Award

    Recognized as a Best Tech-Based Economic Development Enterprise – USA 2021 by Corporate Vision Corporate Vision, United Kingdom, recently announced the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania as a winner in its sixth annual Technology Innovator Awards. The Technology Innovator Awards 2021 celebrate organizations across the world that are innovation pioneers, providing solutions to a Continue Reading…

  1. Mussel Polymers’ Glue May Help Restore Coral Reefs

    While scuba diving off the California coast, the founding scientist of Ben Franklin client Mussel Polymers, Inc. was struck by how well shellfish like mussels and oysters were able to hold on to rocks, even in strong currents. In this video we learn how his team used the principles of biomimicry to create a synthetic Continue Reading…

  2. BFTP Supporting Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises

    The company founders and leaders in Ben Franklin’s portfolio are diverse, with many of our clients led by women and people of color. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania embraces and encourages diversity among client company leaders as a strength in our regional economy. BFTP/NEP celebrates diversity in its minority and women owned Continue Reading…

  3. Celebr8 Life Receives Southside Bethlehem KIZ Grant

    The Southside Bethlehem Keystone Innovation Zone announced an investment in BFTP client and Ben Franklin TechVentures resident company, Celebr8 Life. The company received a $15,000 Technology Transfer Grant to support the development of video solutions and marketing. Celebr8 Life creates highlight reels from saved content. Via Lehigh Valley Business  

  4. Gillette Industrial Services Cites BFTP as a Reason to Stay in PA

    Gillette Industrial Services, Inc., a manufacturer of assembly parts and equipment for the military and woman-owned enterprise, is relocating to a new distribution center in Forks Township. The firm has outgrown its 9,000-square-foot facility in Bangor. Relocating will allow the company to increase its production capacity and keep up with demand. “I live in New Continue Reading…

  5. BFTP’s Wayne Barz to Serve on Lafayette’s Innovation Advisory Council

    BFTP’s Chief Investment Officer, Wayne Barz, has been selected as a member of Lafayette College’s Dyer Center Innovation Advisory Council to align educational efforts with employer needs. The objective of the council is to connect Lafayette students with local leaders who are driving innovation for their respective companies as a way to address the talent Continue Reading…

  6. SBA Awards Grant to Statewide Ben Franklin to Help Underserved Communities Succeed

    The award will provide specialized training, mentoring and technical assistance for Pennsylvania businesses Contact: sonia.smith@sba.gov  www.sba.gov/news   WASHINGTON 8/11/2021– The U.S. Small Business Administration issued a grant award up to $125,000 to Ben Franklin Technology Partners in Pennsylvania for specialized training, mentoring, and technical assistance for research and development (R&D)-focused small businesses under the Federal and State Technology Continue Reading…

  7. Solarflux FOCUS parabolic dish concentrator demonstrates 72% solar-to-thermal conversion efficiency

    The annual energy yield from BFTP client and Reading-based, Solarflux Energy Technologies, Inc.‘s FOCUS parabolic dish concentrator is significantly above that of alternative solar energy systems, outperforming the parabolic trough by approximately 50%, depending on the system’s peak capacity and site location. More The FOCUS concentrates sunlight onto a central receiver  

  8. Sen. Schwank tours American Polarizers

    After touring American Polarizers, Inc., facility in Reading, State Senator Judy Schwank and her District Director, Tom Gombar, pose for a photo with Angelo Valletta and Connie Faylor from Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Nicholas Bentley and Jeffrey Synder from American Polarizers. Front – left to right: Tom Gombar (District Director); Judy Schwank (Senator – Continue Reading…