Ben Franklin announces Innovation Award Winners

Winners to be honored at May 6 i xchange Event


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The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has announced the winners of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Innovation Awards. Winners will be honored at the Ben Franklin i xchange event, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6 at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University.

Awards will be presented in seven categories to eight recipients, to companies or individuals who have achieved business success through Ben Franklin funding and assistance, have helped others to achieve success, or have improved their businesses through innovation. Each award recipient exemplifies achievement in that particular category.

The purposes of the innovation awards are to congratulate winners on their success and achievement, to highlight the effectiveness of the Ben Franklin program, and to inform entrepreneurs and established manufacturers about the resources that are available to them in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The 2014 Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania Innovation Awards winners are:

Entrepreneurial Achievement: Saladax Biomedical, Inc. — The company that best exemplifies the quintessential entrepreneurial spirit: a combination of ingenuity, hard work, and innovation that has resulted in the creation of a successful and growing business venture.

Incubator Graduate: Viddler, Inc., Bethlehem — The company that has best demonstrated successful Ben Franklin business incubation. The business has been operated skillfully and confidently, meeting all challenges from the development of the product concept, execution of the business and technical plan, successful start-up and operation, to graduation from the incubator.

Product Innovation: XiGo Nanotools, Bethlehem — The company that best demonstrates the commercialization of a unique, innovative product that creatively and effectively meets a market need.

Innovative Application of Technology: Vitrius Technologies, Wilkes-Barre — The company that best demonstrates a “break the mold” approach to integrating new or existing technology into its business.

Manufacturing Achievement: Cambridge-Lee Industries LLC, Reading — The company that best exemplifies achievement in the manufacturing arena, showing a proven track record of success and an unbending commitment to achieving and maintaining excellence in manufacturing.

Special Achievement: Senator John R. Gordner and Senator John P. Blake — Individuals whose strong vision, dedication, and commitment to the program have helped to bring about a better business environment for Ben Franklin clients.

Partnership: Governor Dick Thornburgh — An individual whose strong vision, dedication, and commitment have helped the Ben Franklin Technology Partners accomplish its goals. This support demonstrates a sincere desire to see the region thrive.

The registration fee for the i xchange is $65 in advance or $75 the day of the event. To learn more or to register, go to www.nep.benfranklin.org or http://ennect.com/e2331, e-mail ixchange@nep.benfranklin.org, or call 610-758-5200.


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