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Ben Franklin Technology Partners and iBridgeSM Network Team Up for Advanced Research Collaboration

Seven Leading Pennsylvania Universities to Share Innovations and Best Practices


KANSAS CITY, Mo., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/—The iBridgeSM Network, a program of the not-for-profit Kauffman Innovation Network, Inc., today announced its collaboration with Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP), a Pennsylvania network that catalyzes entrepreneurship and technological innovation as drivers of economic growth. BFTP will sponsor seven research universities, allowing them to contribute their research to the iBridge Network and collaborate with the more than 60 schools currently using the iBridge Network site, www.iBridgeNetwork.org.

Participating BFTP-sponsored universities will be encouraged to utilize the iBridge Network to post innovations across a broad spectrum of topics. Universities and non-profits use the iBridge Web site to distribute and license a variety of items, including software, research tools, databases, teaching materials, surveys, reference materials and patent-protected technologies.

"Pennsylvania's leading research universities generate a wealth of intellectual capital and each is fully committed to sharing its promising technologies. We're looking forward to contributing to the iBridge Network and gaining worldwide exposure for the Commonwealth's research to those seeking an aggregated, single place to search for innovations, as well as utilizing this resource to collaborate and further our own ideas," stated Terry Singer, director of statewide affairs at BFTP. "Our universities are among the top research organizations in the world and this is the perfect outlet for all of the leading edge work their faculties are continually generating."

With 64 universities supplying more than 4,500 innovations on the iBridge Network Web site, it is fast becoming the free destination of choice for researchers and technology transfer officers to post research from their universities, as well as the proven innovation resource to discover leading edge research occurring at other institutions. The Web site is designed to encourage more open and efficient access to research and to turn university research from early stage ideas to licensable technologies. The flexible nature of the site allows universities and other non-profit organizations to adapt it to best complement their existing processes for collaboration and technology transfer.

"Ben Franklin Technology Partners is an organization that embodies our mission to move innovations from ideas to the marketplace," said Laura Paglione, director, iBridge Network. "We are excited to begin working with them to integrate Pennsylvania universities' research and help them take advantage of the thousands of innovations already on our Web site."

The Pennsylvania universities supported by BFTP working with the iBridge Network include:

  • Drexel University
  • Duquesne University
  • Lehigh University
  • Northeast Pennsylvania Technology Institute
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Temple University
  • University of Pennsylvania

About Ben Franklin Technology Partners
Ben Franklin Technology Partners is a statewide network that catalyzes entrepreneurship and technological innovation as drivers of economic growth. Operating regionally with four Partners strategically located throughout the Commonwealth, Ben Franklin provides emerging and existing businesses with access to risk capital, business and technology expertise, and specialized third party resources. Ben Franklin's investments, services and access to resources comprise a comprehensive support structure that helps emerging companies succeed, existing companies to innovate and grow, and supports the development of a vibrant entrepreneurial culture that is critical to sustainable growth. BFTP is an initiative of the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and is funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority.

About the iBridgeSM Network
The iBridgeSM Network is a program of the Kauffman Innovation Network, Inc., an initiative of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City. To learn more, visit www.iBridgeNetwork.org, e-mail us at info@iBridgeNetwork.org, or call 800-573-5136.

More information about the Kauffman Foundation is available at www.kauffman.org.

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