Greater Lehigh Valley manufacturers receive grants for innovation

More than $1 million in grants through the Manufacturing PA initiative were announced Wednesday, with the goal of spurring new technologies and processes in the state’s manufacturers.

The approved projects are part of Manufacturing PA’s fellowship program, which places graduate and undergraduate students with local manufacturers to work on research projects that develop new technologies and advance innovation statewide.

A total of 17 projects received funding, including a number in the Greater Lehigh Valley.

The Manufacturing Innovation program at Lehigh University in Bethlehem received three of the grants for projects in the area, while the program at Drexel University in Philadelphia had one project in the Greater Lehigh Valley.

Among the local grants:

Lehigh University received $40,953 for a project dealing with bone marrow aspirate concentrate procedures for DSM Biomedical of Exton and Sachdev Orthopedics of Easton.

It received $50,050 for the development of a Pennsylvania-based smart extrusion device at Noortek LLC in Emmaus; and

It received $66,176 for the design of macro, micro and nano-scale implant surface features to optimize bone growth for Aesculap Implant Systems LLC in Breinigsville.

Drexel University received $70,000 to work on a project involving advanced laboratory cryogen delivery and management system for advanced Research Systems Inc. of Macungie.

“The manufacturing climate is changing faster than ever before,” Gov. Wolf said in a statement. “In order to remain competitive in the global market, we have to ensure we’re constantly supporting manufacturing innovation. These projects are vital to help push our manufacturing sector forward.”

The fellowship program was developed through collaboration with Pennsylvania’s research institutions, manufacturers, and industrial resource centers and is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development.

Click here for a complete list of grant recipients.

Stacy Wescoe
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