Fasta & Ravioli Co. to host grand reopening at Pleasant Gap location

Fasta & Ravioli Co. is reopening its Pleasant Gap location on May 13.
Fasta & Ravioli Co. is reopening its Pleasant Gap location on May 13.

Sometimes free pasta comes at a price.

Fasta & Ravioli Co.’s Pleasant Gap shop was destroyed by a fire on Christmas Eve and will be completely restored for its May 13 grand reopening. The fire was an unexpected and temporary loss of business, but one that has resulted in the restoration of the building and free pasta to all 5 p.m. Friday at 157 W. College Ave. in Pleasant Gap.

To celebrate the grand reopening, as well as the opening of the Broad Street Farmer’s Market in Harrisburg, a free pasta day will be featured at Fasta’s locations. That includes the downtown State College shop at 129 S. Fraser St. Attendees will receive one pound of egg or wheat fettuccine free of charge.

The December fire was ruled to be an electrical malfunction.

Fasta & Ravioli Co. was founded in 2009 by Bob Ricketts.

Biobank milestone

Geisinger’s MyCode genomic study hit its 100,000 recruit goal, so the health system is increasing its initiative to 250,000.

The recruits signed up for the health system’s biobank and DNA sequencing study called the MyCode Community Health Initiative, which launched in January 2014 in collaboration with the Regeneron Genetics Center.

“The people of Pennsylvania are incredible,” Geisinger President and CEO David Feinberg said. “The families in our core markets are multigenerational and the population is incredibly stable, meaning they don’t move away from the area. When we ask to look into their genome, they tell us ‘yes’ based on trust and respect. And that plays directly into what’s happening when it comes to our success with genomics.”

Information from the study will contribute to research aimed at understanding, preventing and improving treatments for diseases.

“When we receive these results, we build this information into our patients’ electronic health record which allows us to practice anticipatory medicine,” Feinberg explained. “Geisinger is uniquely poised for precision medicine. We’re the only organization taking a population health approach to genomics.”

LaunchBox startups graduate

Invent Penn State hosted a graduation ceremony for the five inaugural startups to complete the university’s free 10-week business idea accelerator at Happy Valley LaunchBox in downtown State College.

“I’m continually inspired to see the groundbreaking research discoveries and disruptive technologies coming from Penn State and Happy Valley,” Penn State Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey said in a release. “The quality of these startups in Happy Valley LaunchBox and the people who are leading them validates the work we are doing through Invent Penn State — both to enhance the entrepreneurship ecosystem and to let the rest of the world know that this is a hub for innovation.”

The startups, dubbed LaunchTeams in the program, included Lockeroom, a platform for managing youth sports teams and leagues. Project Vive develops a speech assistance technology to give a voice to people who cannot talk. ReDi Index aims to give guidance to an organization’s recycling efforts to progress toward zero waste. Scenomi offers a software-as-service concept that helps health care organizations to identify and quantify the value of technology investments. Somnus develops a medical device to diagnose sleep apnea.

Startup founders praised the experienced.

“The most beneficial thing that LaunchBox gave us was access to a network of smart and successful people,” Lockeroom co-founder Kurt Collins said in a release. “We met with a lot of people within the community and it’s helped us discover a lot of different ideas that foster growth. Moving forward, we intend to use the tools that LaunchBox gave us and continue building something valuable for our potential customers that keeps them happy and engaged.”

Looking good

A brochure produced for Standard Steel by Bellefonte-based Loaded Creative earned a national Gold award at the 13th annual Service Industry Advertising Awards.

The “Forging A New Standard” brochure was designed, photographed, written and produced by the advertising and design firm in 2015 as part of a rebranding effort for Standard Steel, a manufacturer of railroad wheels and axles.

“We entered this piece at SIAA because they are the only national awards competition to specifically recognize achievements in the service industry,” Loaded Creative President Mark Dello Stritto said. “Standard Steel reflects the beating heart of a company that goes the extra mile to provide signature service and unparalleled products for its customers worldwide.”

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli