Innovation was the theme for the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s annual iXchange event.
Attendees gathered virtually for the May 18 event that included the presentation of six innovation awards to early-stage technology companies, established manufacturers and individuals who have helped the organization advance the technology economy of northeastern Pennsylvania.
One of the winners was Peter Molinaro, CEO and chairman of Berks County-based Adhezion Biomedical. He received the Frederick J. Beste III Partnership Award, which is presented to an individual whose “strong vision, dedication, and commitment have helped the Ben Franklin Technology Partners accomplish its goals.”
Angelo Valletta, president and CEO of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, tied his opening remarks to the theme of the event — “Innovators; Past, Present and Future” — saying innovation is essential to the work of Ben Franklin Technology Partners.
“More and more we’re seeing the importance of innovation to accelerate growth, mitigate the downsides of that growth and address crises and improve the human condition,” Valetta said. “Innovation and technology also create highly paid, family wealth-sustaining jobs.”
He added that over the course of the last two years, Ben Franklin clients have applied technology quickly and effectively to address issues.
“From biotech companies developing vaccines and tests to telemedicine providers facilitating remote medicine to learning platforms allowing instruction at home and so much more,” Valletta said, adding that by creating and retaining good jobs, the clients of Ben Franklin Technology Partners are the foundation of a robust regional economy.Read More