Pa.’s Investments in Innovation Paying off in Fight Against COVID-19

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 every Pennsylvania county, no corner of our commonwealth has been left untouched. That makes Ben Franklin – which serves all 67 counties through four regionally based centers in Pittsburgh, State College, Bethlehem, and Philadelphia — uniquely situated to support the state both in terms of managing this crisis and helping our economy recover during its gradual reopening.

Almost from the very first days of COVID-19, 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.

Many of the emerging companies we backed in southeastern Pennsylvania, for example, are working on tremendous innovations to help stem the spread of the virus, mitigate its effects, and prevent or minimize future outbreaks. That includes work on vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, surveillance epidemiology, devices, manufacturing and supply chain.

Similarly, clients in northeastern Pennsylvania are innovating against COVID-19 by developing and producing 3D-printed biocompatible medical masks for frontline health-care workers and first responders, and by providing a remote clinical services platform to support health-care providers that triages and assesses ill patients.

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