Ben Franklin to Invest $480,300 in PA Technology Companies by EON


BETHLEHEM, Pa.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania announces investments in technology-based early-stage firms and established manufacturers to promote regional economic development.

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									Ben Franklin to Invest $480,300 in PA Technology
September 15, 2010 09:23 AM Eastern Daylight Time  

BETHLEHEM, Pa.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern
Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) approved the investment of $480,300in regional companies. BFTP/NEP is an award-
winning, state-funded economic development organization that links early-stage technology firms and established
companies with experts, universities, funding, and other resources to help them prosper through innovation.

Since beginning operation, BFTP/NEP has helped to create 14,301 new jobs and retain 21,236 existing jobs, to
start 408 new companies, and to develop 948 new products and processes. The Pennsylvania Ben Franklin
program returns $3.50 to the state for every $1.00 invested.

BFTP/NEP announces early-stage company investments:

Advanced-Tec Materials, LLC, West Hazleton -- $100,000
Conduct materials testing to optimize the characteristics of formulations and finalize production equipment
requirements. Advanced-Tec produces environmentally sound industrial materials, including insulation and
fireproofing materials, using proprietary formulations of recycled coal-combustion fly-ash. These materials exhibit
fire- and heat-resistant characteristics that create extremely versatile composites that require no heat curing.

CEWA Technologies, Bethlehem -- $146,000
Complete design, construct, and test a prototype of a new kind of point-concentrated solar power dish that will
deliver power at a lower cost due its novel design and the materials used in its construction. The dish, a toroid solar
collector, will be fabricated, assembled, and tested at Northampton Community College’s campus. The dish is
capable of providing thermal power for HVAC, power generation, desalination, and process heat applications at a
cost comparable to fossil fuel-based sources of energy.

Gleason Custom Kitchens, Inc., Moosic -- $100,000
Implement operational efficiencies and market development activities at this manufacturer of custom-built and
standard cabinetry for residential and commercial applications. This will allow the company to respond to increased
sales volume and expand its presence in additional markets.

HealthOneMed, Inc., Allentown -- $50,000
Complete an integrated marketing and action plan to commercialize HealthOneMed's first product, the Dispense-a-
Pill (DAP). This patented device dispenses pills according to a programmed schedule. The DAP combines the
features of disparate medication devices including pill boxes, dispensers, and medication alert devices into an 
integrated intelligent medication management system. Features include audible notification to the individual that it is
time to take pills, automatic pill dispensing, and telephone notification to family members/caregivers when pills are not
taken. HealthOneMed's DAP addresses the growing issue of accidental medication non-compliance.

SolarPA, New Tripoli -- $50,000
Complete proof-of-concept research for a new, proprietary coating that enhances photovoltaic effects and improves
the efficiency of solar cells. SolarPA’s single-layer anti-reflection coating improves optical absorption, thermal
transport and emission, light concentration, manipulation, emissivity, reflectivity, and scattering, thereby maximizing
the solar energy available for conversion into electricity. This results in increases in solar module efficiency up to 10%
and reduced manufacturing costs by up to 10% versus current silicon-based technology. The reduced manufacturing
costs translate to reduced prices to the consumer, thereby enabling broader market adoption of solar energy.

BFTP/NEP announces established manufacturer company investments:

B. Braun Medical, Inc., Allentown -- $10,000
Partner: Lehigh University’s Enterprise Systems Center
Capture how manufacturing parameters affect the end use of products at this manufacturer of medical devices that
distributes worldwide. Using this information, B. Braun will develop a maintenance and operational training process
at the local facility to improve critical job function knowledge. Heightened awareness of customer requirements and
cognizance of quality at the operator and technician level improves quality and reduces waste.

Keystone Potato Products, Hegins -- $12,500
Partner: Northampton Community College’s Emerging Technologies Applications Center
Conduct a feasibility study to establish the technical and economic viability of a wind energy plant at the Keystone
manufacturing site. Keystone produces dehydrated potato flakes and dehydrated potato flour, as well as fresh cut
potatoes. The firm currently fuels the plant’s extensive thermal requirements using nearby landfilled gas.

L&H Sign Company, Reading -- $11,800
Partner: Northampton Community College’s Emerging Technologies Applications Center
Assess the technical and economic feasibility of a proposed rooftop photovoltaic array to address the energy needs
of this producer of commercial signage and merchandising systems. Also evaluate an existing coating, drying, and
curing operation to identify additional energy-saving measures while increasing product throughput.

Laura S. Eppler
Director of Marketing


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