Ben Franklin Clients Answer Call to Combat COVID-19

By Ryan E. Glenn, Director of Statewide Initiatives
Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Ben Franklin Technology Partners has long been focused on supporting revolutionary technological developments that improve the human condition and address critical challenges now and in the future. That mission takes on an entirely new meaning today as our state and nation come together to respond to this pandemic.

With cases of COVID-19 confirmed in all 67 counties, no corner of our commonwealth is left untouched. That makes Ben Franklin uniquely situated to support the state both in terms of managing this crisis and eventually helping our economy recover. Ben Franklin serves all 67 counties through four regionally based centers in Pittsburgh, State College, Bethlehem, and Philadelphia, with several satellite offices spread across Pennsylvania.

Most recently, Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development tapped Ben Franklin, along with several other life sciences, health-care, and business organizations, to create the “Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal” to mobilize manufacturers that can produce critical medical supplies and products in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are honored to partner with the state to find solutions to these pressing challenges.

Of course, almost from the very first days of this crisis, Ben Franklin clients have been working around the clock and contributing to efforts to address this public health issue in various ways, from treatments to testing to logistics to other support mechanisms.

Southeastern Pennsylvania’s life sciences community, including many emerging companies backed by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, are working on tremendous innovations to help stem the spread of the virus, mitigate the effects of the virus, and prevent or minimize future outbreaks. That includes work on vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, surveillance/epidemiology, devices, manufacturing and supply chain.

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