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Hoping to increase the Mountain State's presence in the country's defense supply chain, Morgantown-based Vertx Partners is aiming to connect West Virginia entrepreneurs and researchers with U.S. Department of Defense contracts. 

Vertx Partners began operating in June after its founder and president, Sean Frisbee, returned to West Virginia after working for several years with the Ohio Federal Research Network. The network aimed to connect technologies from universities and small businesses across the Buckeye State with federal contracts, and Frisbee said that once he returned to West Virginia, he noticed that similar initiative was missing in the Mountain State.