Happy Valley remains a bright spot in a darkening economy

By Timothy Kelly The home of the CIMP-3D Lab. Research at Penn State has been the foundation of many local high tech and deep tech start-ups. Photo: T. Kelly The S&P 500 is down 8.5% in the last six months. The gross domestic product percentage change from the preceding quarter was negative in the first […]


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Happy Valley companies receive Ben Franklin investment toward commercialization

By Staff Writer Eleven companies in central and northern Pennsylvania recently received investments from Ben Franklin Technology Partners that will allow them to further develop and commercialize new products and software applications, and stabilize operations in a long-standing manufacturing business. One of the Happy Valley companies to receive funding approval at the Ben Franklin Technology […]

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Setting student entrepreneurs up for success

By Gatini Tinsley Students gather at one of the many Penn State entrepreneurship workshops to compete for a chance to make their business dreams a reality. (Credit: Penn State) In 2021, nearly 4 million undergraduates walked across the stage with their undergraduate degrees in hand in the United States. Some dreamed of becoming trailblazers, striving […]

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A master class in collaboration

By Cara Aungst After success with the NASA 3D-printed Mars Habitat challenge, several researchers formed X-Hab 3D, an expeditionary 3D printing company.   There’s an unassuming building on a through-street of CATO Park. It was once a North American Refractories Company (NARCO) building and, if you’ve ever driven past it — chances are that you […]

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Phospholutions gets investment from global ag companies

By Staff Writer Happy Valley-launched startup Phospholutions Inc., a leader in sustainable fertilizer technology, has announced additional investment from leading global agricultural companies to support commercialization of RhizoSorb® in the US row crop market. The recent funding includes investment from Ospraie Ag Sciences, Bunge Ventures, the for-profit, global investment arm of Bunge, and UPL Ltd. […]

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Saliva and the science of sleep

By Holly Riddle Salimetrics’ new at-home assessment provides crucial biological data to those suffering from sleep disorders. (Photo: Provided)   The last time HappyValley Industry caught up with Salimetrics, the company and leader in salivary bioscience was hard at work developing game-changing, saliva-based, Covid-19 antibody tests. Since then, the team, with its offices in Innovation […]

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KCF Technologies joins a growing number of Happy Valley companies with private equity investors

Photo: KCF Technologies Happy Valley-based company KCF Technologies recently secured Series A funding from Graham Partners and RiverBay Capital, benefiting KCF with their focused industry knowledge in technology, advanced manufacturing, and engineering resources. Headquartered here in State College, KCF is a provider of asset health monitoring solutions that offers an integrated platform consisting of proprietary, enterprise […]

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