Ben Franklin program invests $1.2M in Pa. startups

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA, announced today (July 26) that eight companies, located in the 32-county footprint served by the center, were recently approved by the Board of Directors to receive funding. The Ben Franklin Program, which this year celebrates its 30th year of service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, makes its investments in entrepreneurs, technology startups and small manufacturers who are developing new technologies, hiring additional staff and increasing their sales/marketing efforts in order to compete in their respective markets.

The companies that received Ben Franklin funding are:

Chromatan Inc., a State College, Pa., Biotechnology Company is commercializing a new method for purifying drugs called Countercurrent Tangential Chromatography. The company’s innovation is a cost effective alternative to the current method, column chromatography. See www.chromatan.com 

Maculogix Inc., a company founded in Hershey, Pa., has developed a diagnostic tool for the early detection of age-related macular degeneration. See www.maculogix.com 

Hatchback LLC, located in Harrisburg, Pa., has developed a platform that allows retailer loyalty programs to take advantage of geo-location data. See www.hatchback.me 

Hot Mix Mobile LLC, located in Lebanon, Pa., manufactures a mobile, truck-mounted, mix-on-site volumetric Hot Mix Asphalt system. RoadMixer repairs roads on demand, eliminating the need for cold patching. See www.roadmixer.com 

CrimeWatch, located in the Ben Franklin TechCelerator in Carlisle, developed software that allows law enforcement agencies to use a simple Web-tool to manage, organize and control content relative to criminal activity. See http://crimewatchPA.com 

Dataforma Inc., located in York, Pa. provides business management software for roofing contractors. The company developed a single source, Web-based and mobile device platform to support all the needs of this and vertical markets. See www.dataforma.com 

Lewis Designs LLC, a startup located in Waterford, Pa., is in the process of designing and testing prototypes for an innovative new braking system. See http://lewisdesigns.us 

Direct Allergy LLC, located in Erie, Pa., has started an allergy immunotherapy service that can be utilized by primary care physicians, especially those located in rural areas. For more information contact the company at imserie@roadrunner.com 

Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, provides funding, operational assistance and entrepreneurial support to emerging tech-based companies and small, existing manufacturers for the purpose of creating and retaining jobs in Pennsylvania. Contact the Central office of Ben Franklin in University Park at 814-863-4558 or visit www.cnp.benfranklin.org.

Contacts: 

Elizabeth Wilson

Work Phone: 
814-898-6650

Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP

Last Updated July 26, 2013