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By Stephanie Kalina-Metzger ERTCA partner TECHLINE Technologies demonstrates methods for applying a loss-of-limb tourniquet at ERTCA event in Bradford County, PA. Photo: Provided. Eric Porterfield, CEO of the Emergency Response Training and Certification Association (ERTCA), a nonprofit housed at Penn State’s Innovation Hub, credits a grant from the Ben Franklin Technology Center for helping him […]


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The Next-Gen Rechargeable Battery Technology that Could Power the Future of Electric Cars

Image: Penn State Happy Valley-based EC Power is partnering with engineering researchers at Penn State to develop next-generation rechargeable battery technology for consumer electronics and power grid management, as well as electric vehicles. Professor Chao-Yang Wang, the William E. Diefenderfer Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State, founded the company in 2011. “We currently have several joint […]

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Acquisition Brings Happy Valley Immunomagnetic Cell Selection Company onto World Stage

BioMagnetic Solutions’ ‘exquisite process’ selects T cells for genetically engineered CAR-T cells that seek out malignant cancer cells to improve treatment for blood cancers “It’s such a great sense of pride, knowing this will change human healthcare history. To give companies the tools to make such eloquent changes in cells. Knowing that we can make such an […]

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With a Start at HackPSU, Xora is on the Way to Becoming Happy Valley’s Next Big Idea

Photo: Xora At Penn State’s fall 2019 Hackathon, HackPSU, Xora’s founders Royce Leon D’Souza and Gregory Costeas teamed up to show Penn Staters what the website of the future would look like. Within 24 hours, the duo had created a tool that could help tech enthusiasts, developers and project managers create cross-platform augmented reality and […]

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The ROI for Investing in Innovation has Never Been Higher

Photo: Ben Franklin Technology Partners Since the early ‘90s, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania (BFCNP) has invested heavily in supporting revolutionary technological developments that come out of Happy Valley—the kind of innovations that improve the human condition and address critical challenges both now and in the future.  With help in the […]

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Resilience, Hope and Relentless Drive: How Happy Valley’s Industry Continued to Innovate in 2020

Despite the many challenges faced throughout 2020, Happy Valley lived up to its name this past year, rising above the fray and continuing to shine. The year may not have been easy, but it certainly was noteworthy. We’re taking a look back at eight of the biggest stories from 2020. Happy Valley Manufacturers Pivot and […]

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Manufacturing at its Most Elemental Form: How The Rivet Makerspace is Connecting a Community of Innovators

Image: The Rivet What do the Pebble smartwatch, Square mobile payment device and Lumio artsy book lamp have in common? On the surface, they seem very diverse. Pebble broke records as the most funded Kickstarter campaign when it raised $10.3 million in 2012, Square revolutionized mobile money transfer and is now valued at $3 billion, […]

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