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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Ben Franklin invests $500K regionally

Monday, September 30, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) board of directors has approved the investment of $488,400 in support of regional economic development. Clients are early-stage, technology-based firms and established manufacturers in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area.

Investments are identified as continuation projects indicate that the client achieved pre-determined milestones and is receiving more funding to accomplish additional project work.

Locally, these include:

Ophidion, www.ophidionbio.com, Ben Franklin TechVentures, Bethlehem, Northampton County

Ben Franklin investment: continuation project $20,000

Support a definitive pre-clinical study to optimize delivery of central nervous system therapeutics to targeted sites in the brain. Ophidion is leveraging its proprietary blood-brain barrier transport technology to advance a systemically delivered gene-silencing siRNA product for the treatment of Huntington’s disease, a fatal neurodegenerative disease with no current cure.

Rocket Cloud, Inc., www.RocketCl.com, Ben Franklin TechVentures, Bethlehem, Northampton County

Ben Franklin investment: continuation project $100,000

Continue to improve the technology platform and implement a new marketing and sales strategy for this software platform interface for the building materials supply industry. The company provides innovative cloud- and machine-learning-based software solutions to streamline the supply chain. It allows traditional wholesalers of equipment and supplies to supplement their physical locations with third-party ecommerce channels, such as Amazon, eBay, Jet.com, and Walmart. Easy on-line access through e-commerce sites will increase sales.

BFTP/NEP’s strategy encompasses three key areas:

1. Developing and growing early-stage technology-oriented companies;

2. Supporting established manufacturers as they creatively apply new technology to help them succeed globally by producing better, cheaper, and faster;

3. Promoting an innovative community-wide infrastructure that supports Pennsylvania’s business technology ecosystem.

BFTP/NEP owns, manages, and is headquartered in Ben Franklin TechVentures®, an award-winning business incubator/post-incubator facility on Lehigh University’s campus in Bethlehem. BFTP/NEP =leads a 13-member business incubator network that is among the largest in the nation.

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