Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania
By Mike May

In 2004 Charles Picardi attended a biomedical conference arranged by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP) in Philadelphia. As the chief technology officer for NanoBlox, Picardi and his colleagues exhibited their nanodiamond technology as a startup company. As a result NanoBlox started working with BFTP/SEP. "It was a perfect match," says Picardi.

Established in 1982, BFTP/SEP works as a regional nonprofit in a statewide network developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Specifically BFTP/SEP provides capital and expertise to help companies get started or maintain their momentum. "We have always had a large presence in the life science arena, but we're not exclusive to life sciences," says Anthony Green, vice president,...

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