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Penn State Berks to host Ben Franklin Medical Device Group

Penn State Berks will host the upcoming meeting of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania Medical Device Group on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, from 8–9:30 a.m. in room 121 of the Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building. The Penn State University Materials Research Institute (MRI) will present at the meeting, which is free and open to the public.

David Fecko, Industry Liaison at MRI, will present an overview of the Institute and how its capabilities and services may benefit guests’ organizations. Dr. Jason Moore, Penn State Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will present some of his current projects that include new techniques and tools in the medical industry. Both Fecko and Moore are based at Penn State University Park in the new state-of-the-art facility; more information on the MRI is at www.mri.psu.edu.

The Greater Reading Economic Partnership (GREP) will provide bus transportation from Reading on Wednesday, May 7, for individuals interested in touring the Nanofabrication Lab (Nanofab) and the Materials Characterization Lab (MCL) at the MRI. The trip will complement a formal, public open house that day from 1–4 p.m. GREP will provide information about the bus trip at the March 26 meeting.

Individuals interested in attending the Medical Device Group meeting on March 26 should e-mail Connie Faylor, Ben Franklin Greater Reading Regional Manager, at cfaylor@nep.benfranklin.org by Wednesday, March 19. Guests will receive a campus parking pass.

About the Greater Reading Medical Device Group

The Greater Reading Medical Device Group is comprised of more than 80 individuals representing 40 companies and organizations in the Greater Reading area. Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania formed the consortium in 2001, and has been facilitating meetings since that time. Ben Franklin has introduced member companies to, and developed applied research and development projects with technology resources at Lehigh University, the Plastics Manufacturing Center at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, and the Emerging Technology Applications Center at Northampton Community College.

About the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania

The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania creates and retains highly paid, sustainable jobs by linking early-stage technology-based firms and established manufacturers with experts, universities, funding, and other resources to help them prosper through innovation. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners has returned $3.60 to the Pennsylvania treasury for every $1.00 invested in the program. It is part of an award-winning, four-center economic development initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and is funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority. For more information, visit www.nep.benfranklin.org.

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