ED/I  Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania


     Office Locations:

116 Research Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: 610-758-5200
Fax: 610-861-5918



  • Early
  • Expansion



  • Communications & Networking
  • Energy & Clean Tech
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Manufacturing & Industrial



    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeast Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) is part of a state-funded economic development initiative created in 1983. The program links early-stage technology firms and established manufacturers with funding, people, technology, universities and other resources to help them prosper. BFTP/NEP serves 21 counties. The group's Enterprise Developers work with early stage firms and established companies to enhance their entire way of doing business. Typical investments range from $30,000 to $150,000 per year for up to three years. BFTP/NEP is located on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem and has regional offices in Lewisburg, Reading and Wilkes-Barre. The group operates the Ben Franklin TechVentures, a high-tech workspace and community for early-stage companies born out of the former Bethlehem Steel Homer Research Labs.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Charles N. Diefenderfer Senior Project and Facilities Manager
    Connie R. Faylor Regional Manager
    Joseph M. Lane Vice President
    Kenneth Okrepkie Manager
    Larry A. Seibert Regional Manager


    Portfolio companies include:

      American Polarizers
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      B. Braun
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      Clark Technology Systems
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      Custom Processing Services
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      Discovery Machine
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      Innovative Control
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      Noble Biomaterials
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      Saladax Biomedical
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      TB Biosciences
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      Texas Instruments Lehigh Valley
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      Tobyhanna Army Depot
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      United Corrstack
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