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Ben Franklin names winners of Innovation Awards, including two from region

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Radius Corp. of Kutztown is one of the businesses being honored for innovation by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pa. / File photo by Brian Pedersen
Radius Corp. of Kutztown is one of the businesses being honored for innovation by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pa. / File photo by Brian Pedersen

Bethlehem-based Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has named the winners of its Innovation Awards, which will be honored at its annual iXchange in May. Two of the winners are from the Greater Lehigh Valley: Radius Corp. of Kutztown and Glemser Technologies Corp. of Bethlehem.

Awards will be presented to seven recipients, companies or people who have achieved business success through Ben Franklin funding and assistance, helped others to achieve success or improved their businesses through innovation.

“They represent the many companies we help and the jobs we create through our collective efforts. And they remind us that the entrepreneurial spirit is strong in Pennsylvania,” said Laura Eppler, director of marketing for Ben Franklin.

The Ben Franklin iXchange will be held at 5 p.m. May 9 at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University in Bethlehem.

Core Business Solutions Inc. of Lewisburg and its president, Scott V. Dawson, and vice president, Michael J. Dawson, will receive the Entrepreneurial Achievement Award.

Core Business Solutions helps small companies become ISO 9001 certified as quickly and easily as possible.

Glemser Technologies Corp., Bethlehem, and its president, Raymond G. Glemser, are being honored with the Incubator Graduate Award.

Glemser Technologies delivers life science information technology and compliance solutions that bring safer pharmaceuticals to market faster and cheaper.

Industrial Vision Systems of Bryn Mawr, formerly of Lehigh County, and its president, Walter B. McIlvain, and vice president, Paul M. Bennett, will receive the Product Innovation Award for VisionTally, a machine that uses digital cameras, laser line generators, laser rangefinders and software algorithms to determine the dimensions of boards within a bundle of lumber without opening the bundle.

Radius Corp. of Kutztown and its president and CEO, Saskia Foley, will receive the Innovative Application of Technology Award.

Radius designs and manufactures premium personal care products including eco-friendly toothbrushes, molded travel cases, dental floss and organic toothpastes.

Simplex Industries Inc. of Scranton and its president, Patrick Fricchione, will receive the Manufacturing Achievement Award. Simplex Industries is an industry leader in the manufacture of high-end, top-quality modular homes.

Ben Franklin is honoring two people with its Partnership Award: Paul Browne, executive director of the Carbondale Technology Transfer Center in Carbondale, and Mary T. Webber, president of Webber Associates of Lemoyne.

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