Leixir Dental Group (Leixir), a leading operator of a network of full-service, state-of-the-art dental laboratories, today announced that the company’s Board of Directors has appointed Christian Le Brun as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 17, 2022. Mr. Le Brun succeeds Leixir founder and current CEO Harmeet Bindra, who will continue to serve the company as Executive Chairman.
Mr. Le Brun is a dental industry veteran with two decades of operational and product development leadership experience. He joins Leixir from Aspen Dental, one of the nation’s largest dental service organizations (DSOs), where he spent the last 15 years, managing internal and external lab operations as well as the development and implementation of digital dental technologies across the company.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Christian to lead Leixir in its next chapter of growth,” said Marshall Griffin, a member of Leixir’s Board of Directors and a Principal of Comvest Partners, a private investment firm. “A seasoned DSO executive who began his career as a trained dental technician, Christian brings a unique perspective and skill set. His wide-ranging abilities will help Leixir expand its relationships with dentists, both in private practice and in DSOs, drive continued excellence in lab operations, and further enhance its capabilities in digital dentistry.”
“On behalf of Leixir’s Board of Directors, management team, and employees, I want to thank Harmeet for his tremendous leadership and impact,” Mr. Griffin continued. “Leixir’s standing today is due to Harmeet’s ability to successfully execute his vision. We look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role as Executive Chairman.”
Since founding Leixir in 2013, Mr. Bindra has built the company into a leading provider of outsourced dental lab solutions in the United States, delivering best-in-class quality and service to independent dentists and DSOs through a complete range of dental products. Mr. Bindra led Leixir in multiple strategic acquisitions, the development of a world-class dental lab and design center as well as launches of multiple cutting-edge new products.
Said Mr. Bindra, who helped lead the CEO search, “I already have the good fortune of a strong, long-standing relationship with Christian through his work at Aspen Dental. Christian is a great fit for Leixir. He embraces the ethos of service, innovation and relationships on which this company was founded. His strong performance record, coupled with his keen understanding of lab operations and the needs and priorities of technicians and dentists, make him uniquely qualified to take this company successfully into the future. I am delighted to welcome him to Leixir.”
Mr. Le Brun will be based in Leixir’s Tampa location and will assume day-to-day leadership and serve on the company’s Board of Directors. At Aspen Dental, Mr. Le Brun held various leadership positions, most recently serving as Vice President of Prosthetics, Lab Infrastructure and New Technology, where he played a key role in the company’s rapid growth from 50 offices to its now 900-plus locations nationwide. Mr. Le Brun also led the strategic development for Aspen Dental’s latest new-product initiative: polymer-based, 3D printed dentures. Prior to joining Aspen Dental, Mr. Le Brun served in various roles within the dental lab industry, including as a manager of BonaDent Dental Laboratories.
“I am thrilled and honored to serve as the next CEO of Leixir,” said Mr. Le Brun. “With the dental world rapidly moving toward digital dentistry, Leixir is a technological leader well-positioned for strong continued growth. I look forward to building on the foundation of product innovation and service created by Harmeet and Leixir’s talented employees. We will continue to strive to be the laboratory of choice for independent dentists and DSOs by providing advanced technologies, superior products and exceptional service that help them deliver the best patient care and grow their practices.”
Vista Apex, a market leader in Endodontic and Restorative dental products, was the winner of two International Stevie® Awards at the 17th Annual International Business Awards show, held virtually in December of 2021. RE-GEN Bioactive Dental Adhesive by Vista Apex was awarded a Silver Stevie for “Achievement in Product innovation”, and the Bronze Stevie in the “Health and Pharmaceuticals Product” category. Vista Apex is honored to be recognized for the development of RE-GEN, the world’s first bioactive dental adhesive system.
“RE-GEN is changing patient outcomes for the better by overcoming recurrent decay, which is the #1 reason dental fillings fail, while providing ion exchange to promote the regeneration of lost tooth structure” said Vista Apex CEO Scott Lamerand. He went on to add, “This is an extremely exciting time for dentistry and Vista Apex is proud to be at the forefront of these advancements.”
Vista Apex has been focused on delivering exceptional products within the restorative and endodontic markets for over two decades. With a focus on innovation, Vista Apex works with Clinicians to achieve better patient outcomes.
“RE-GEN represents innovation developed by Vista Apex that utilizes Bioglass 45S5, which is proven to activate the body’s own healing mechanism of repair. RE-GEN encompasses Vista Apex’s full suite of bio-regenerative adhesives, including Flowable Composite Liner and Pit & Fissure Sealant, where it can be most effective at healing the tooth, preventing recurrent decay, and repairing the marginal integrity of our restorations. There is nothing else that works as well as the RE-GEN products, and my patients appreciate that we use a material that actively protects their teeth” said Dr. Michael Miyasaki, Chief Dental Officer at Vista Apex.
About Vista Apex. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin, Vista Apex designs, manufactures, packages, and distributes more than 500 cataloged dental products, many of which offer significant clinical advantages. The company is best known for its endodontic irrigating solutions and restorative dental materials that outperform traditional products, leading to better patient outcomes.
About The Stevie Awards. The Stevie® Awards are the world's premier business awards. They were created in 2002 to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide. In short order the Stevie has become one of the world's most coveted prizes. Stevie Award judges include many of the world's most respected executives, entrepreneurs, innovators, and business educators. More than 1,000 professionals worldwide participate in the Stevie Award judging process each year.
Lyndon F. Cooper, D.D.S., Ph.D., has been named dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, effective April 18. Cooper currently serves as associate dean for research and head of the Department of Oral Biology at University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry.
“Dr. Cooper is an internationally renowned and innovative patient-oriented researcher and clinician, whose leadership will build on the VCU School of Dentistry’s existing robust research portfolio and its focus on forward-thinking practices around patient-centered education,” said Art Kellermann, M.D., senior vice president for VCU Health Sciences and CEO of VCU Health. “With Dr. Cooper at the helm, VCU School of Dentistry — Virginia’s only dental school, whose faculty have educated countless practitioners throughout the commonwealth — will reach new heights in dental research and service to the commonwealth through expert care and educating future dental professionals and oral health researchers on innovative approaches to improving our nation’s oral and general health.”
As associate dean for research at UIC, Cooper has expanded research in regenerative sciences, innovative biomedical devices and translational studies evaluating the roles of a variety of biomarkers linked to cancer. Under Cooper’s leadership, the Department of Oral Biology at UIC served as a foundation for many of the basic science topics taught to the school’s D.M.D., M.S. and Ph.D. students. He continued his clinical activities as a prosthodontist by leading clinical studies and establishing the school’s Clinical Research Center.
“I am excited and honored to be selected as the next dean of VCU School of Dentistry,” Cooper said. “VCU has a strong reputation in dental education and research, and I’m looking forward to building on this excellent foundation and securing VCU School of Dentistry’s rightful place as one of the top dental schools in the country serving the commonwealth of Virginia.”
Prior to UIC, Cooper served as program director of Advanced Prosthodontics and was the Stallings Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a former president of the American College of Prosthodontists, who received the ACP 2004 Clinician/Researcher Award. He was also named the recipient of the 2009 International Association for Dental Research Distinguished Scientist Award for Prosthodontics and Implantology.
After earning his D.D.S. from New York University, Cooper went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, New York, and a certificate in prosthodontics from the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester. Later, he completed a two-year research fellowship at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in Bethesda, Maryland.
Clara Spatafore, D.D.S., who has served as interim dean of VCU School of Dentistry since February 2021, will continue in the role until Cooper joins VCU.
Oral-B and Grin partner to increase access to professional care and health insights
Grin, a comprehensive digital platform that provides oral health solutions with trusted local dentists and orthodontists, is partnering with Oral-B; the industry leader in oral care innovation and #1 dentist recommended brand worldwide. Together, they are offering the latest dental technology, which creates new industry standards in assisting patients in understanding their oral health at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Grin’s Remote Monitoring and Consultation capabilities unite with leading products from Oral-B to ensure their loyal customers have access to the latest personalized oral health insights and at-home professional consultations. Now consumers can understand their brushing and flossing habits, select the right Oral-B products, improve behaviors for better smile results, and have more frequent, informed conversations with their local doctor—all in an easy-to-use application.
The Grin experience consists of the Grin App, the first-of-its-kind Grin Scope, and Grin Scope mini—FDA listed medical devices which attach to any smartphone camera and take scans to measure changes to patients’ teeth. Under the supervision of partner doctors, these technologies allow providers to transition patient check-ins from in-office to virtual by remotely monitoring teeth movement, gum health, and oral hygiene. Now, with the burden of office visits drastically reduced, oral health and teeth straightening under the care of a local doctor is more accessible.
“I created Grin to transform the entire dental health industry by using technology that connects professionals and patients to bring better oral care directly to everyone. Partnering with one of the most trusted consumer product brands like Oral-B clearly attests to our commitment,” said Grin CEO and co-founder Adam Schulhof, DMD. “Grin will continue its pledge to drive innovation, and by joining ranks with Oral-B, we will ensure more people can have better oral health.”
Grin is a comprehensive digital platform that provides solutions for all types of teeth straightening and oral health needs. The Grin App and Grin Scope connect patients to real orthodontists in their community. Patients can access quality professional care from the convenience of their smart device. Doctors can remotely monitor patients via virtual check-ins for complete visibility—reducing chair time, increasing patient volume, and ensuring safety. To learn more about Grin, you can visit us at: www.get-grin.com/contact
Oral-B® is the worldwide leader in the over $5 billion brushing market. Part of the Procter & Gamble Company, the brand includes manual and electric toothbrushes for children and adults, toothpastes and mouthwashes, whitening systems and interdental products, such as dental floss.
Building on its portfolio of advanced degree options, Penn Dental Medicine has launched a new hybrid master’s program, the Master of Advanced Dental Studies (MADS), where students will take courses through an interactive online platform and attend a six-week on-campus clinical rotation. The new program is designed for clinicians who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills as dental practitioners. Students will have the opportunity to choose from seven specialty programs: Endodontics, Orthodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.
“The MADS program is unique among U.S. dental schools, as it gives clinicians the opportunity to pursue professional enrichment to enhance their career while providing the flexibility to do so while continuing their dental practice or training,” says Dr. Esra Sahingur, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Student Research and the MADS Program Director. “This global program will bring together a diverse group of clinicians and we are all very excited to welcome our first cohort.”
The curriculum offers a broad range of relevant courses, from in-depth seminars to discussion-based lectures, which culminates in an on-campus clinical rotation. During the clinical rotations, students will review cases, develop diagnosis and treatment planning, and observe various clinical procedures. Additionally, students will be assigned a mentor within their specialty to empower their professional development.
“The program will expose participants to the latest innovations and technological advances in dentistry and deepen their knowledge in basic and clinical sciences,” adds Dr. Sahingur.
The MADS program will welcome the first cohort in July 2022.
Neoss Group today announces Jake Meadows has joined the company as President for Neoss USA. The appointment adds the strong business leadership required to ensure Neoss Groups’ continual growth and commercialization of the expanding product portfolio in the North American market.
Meadows brings more than 21 years of extensive experience in the dental market leading large commercial teams in North American for Henry Schein. Most recently, he served as Vice President Staff, Administration and Planning at Henry Schein, where he led multiple efforts for progressive improvement in all aspects of the US Dental Distribution business from enhanced customer engagement to improved functionality for the business.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Jake to our team," says Dr. Robert Gottlander, CEO and President of Neoss Group. "His leadership and background are a perfect match for Neoss. He has an impressive track record in the dental market leading large sales teams with a customer first mindset. Jake's addition represents a major step forward for Neoss and will for sure help us expand our footprint in North America."
Meadows holds a BA from the University of Maryland University College and served seven years in the U.S. Navy prior to joining Henry Schein.
“It is very exciting to be part of an organization with such a strong history and focus on clinical innovation," Meadows says. "I look forward to being part the Neoss team as we rapidly expand in the North American marketplace."
Neoss offers intelligent solutions that are intuitively easy to use. Its products allow dental professionals to provide reliable and cost-effective treatments to their patients with predictable long-term results. Leading the market with ingenuity and integrity, Neoss strives to set new standards. In developing smart treatment solutions and working closely with each practice, Neoss makes the complex less complicated. The company calls that "Intelligent Simplicity." Headquartered in Harrogate, U.K., with research and development based in Gothenburg, Sweden, the company has established a global footprint with a long-standing presence in key markets. To find out more visit https://www.neoss.com.
Simple, effective, reliable
Leading oral healthcare specialist, Curaprox, is proud to announce the launch of the new Hydrosonic Easy – the latest addition to its innovative range of power toothbrushes. Oral health at the touch of a button - the "Hydrosonic Easy" makes it possible to improve oral health in a very simple way, Uncomplicated, yet technologically advanced.
Easy improves oral health using the most advanced technology and with total thoroughness. Up to 84,000 brush movements per/minute, single-button operation, intuitive to use and cleans right into the interdental space thanks to hydrodynamics. Also, has a timer, 2-week battery life and comes in a convenient travel case.
Curaden AG is a Swiss-owned company based in Kriens near Lucerne. Under the brand name CURAPROX and together with dental professionals in teaching, research and practice, we develop tools that serve one purpose only: to keep teeth healthy for a lifetime.
For more information, visit www.curaden.us – 800.919.0120
Company credits unique operating model as core to its success.
Pacific Dental Services® (PDS), one of the nation’s leading dental support organizations, today announced a key milestone in its growth journey. Cumulative revenues for calendar year 2021 exceeded $2 billion, marking yet another significant achievement in the privately held organization’s 27-year history.
PDS’ unique business model enables dentists to own their dental practice and empowers them to spend more time with patients and less time on the administrative responsibilities of running a practice. PDS calls this their Private Practice +® model. Because its supported dentists can leverage the operational support of the large business services organization, they have the freedom to focus exclusively on patient care while PDS remains focused on the business aspects of the practice.
Building upon this successful foundation, notable innovative technology implementations made to the business support platform in 2021 — particularly with the Epic® electronic health record system which integrates a patient’s medical and dental records and KaVo OP 3D™ cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) systems — fueled PDS’ unprecedented growth. Additionally, the organization remained focused on raising awareness on a national scale about the critical link between oral health and overall health – what PDS and its supported practices call the Mouth-Body Connection®.
Commenting on the milestone, Stephen E. Thorne IV, PDS Founder and CEO said, “Surpassing $2 billion in revenue in one calendar year is a benchmark that few privately held companies achieve. While we appreciate this moment, at PDS we are mindful that our success is not found in any aggregated number, but in the success of each individual dental practice, each owner dentist, and ultimately within each patient interaction. We know that the best clinicians don’t seek us out because of our size. They come to work alongside our supported owner dentists knowing that they will receive mentorship and training from the best dentists in the world. They will have access to the best tools, systems and technology available in the industry. They will thrive in an environment that helps them elevate their role as a healthcare professional – not only in assisting patients with their dental needs but truly improving their overall health.”
Other key milestones for Pacific Dental Services in 2021 include:
• First dental support organization in the world to implement Epic®, the most widely used comprehensive health records system, into supported practices. Through Epic, dental practices can easily exchange patient data with other health care providers for improved overall patient care.
• Implementing CBCT technology in 365 supported practices and using 3D imaging to help more patients with improved diagnoses, precise implant placements, and better clinical outcomes.
• Producing and placing 468,211 dental restorations (crowns, inlays/onlays, and veneers) in 2021 alone using CEREC® CAD/CAM technology.
• Launching a one-of-a-kind dental-medical practice in support of whole-body health with the opening of three practices in one – general dentistry, pediatric dentistry and medical care. The innovative, integrated approach offers patients a holistic strategy to managing their overall health care through a variety of services.
• Partnering with the American Diabetes Association® to increase awareness of the link between oral health and diabetes.
• Having a PDS executive serving on the CDC’s 10-person National Association for Chronic Disease Directors Medical-Dental Integration Steering Committee.
• First in the dental industry to offer free college tuition to its team members through its College Advancement Program.
• Partnered with Envista on a multi-year agreement to combine their independently developed machine learning capabilities into Envista’s sophisticated DTX Studio Clinic assisted intelligence (AI) software platform which PDS will deploy to its supported practices to bring the full benefits of AI-supported image sorting, interpretation, and analysis to its supported clinicians.
• Opening its 863rd supported dental practice nationwide and contracting with its 683rd owner dentist.
• First dental support organization to join an accountable care organization with a focus on improving the health of the diabetic population.
• Serving as a collaborative medical and dental care team on Harvard Medical School’s Teaming and Integrating for Smiles and Health (TISH) initiative focused on strengthening primary care and oral health partnerships.
• Launching a specialty dental support organization, Periodontics Health Group, in central Florida.
• Creating a quarterly digital magazine, Generations of Smiles, focused on educating patients on how they can use good oral hygiene practices to improve their overall health.
● Lithoz GmbH, world market leaders in ceramic 3D printing, has recently entered production in their newest site in Vienna
● Their second production facility combines greatly increased capacity, efficient warehousing and a new level of quality management
● New year, new speed: Lithoz kickstarts vigorously into 2022 with the first customer shipment dispatched from their new XL production site.
Lithoz GmbH, world market leaders in the field of ceramic 3D printing, has recently dispatched the first shipment from their new second production site in Vienna, Austria.
With this being their fourth location worldwide after their headquarters in Vienna and bases in America and China, the company’s production capabilities have now greatly expanded and this new XL hub will make Lithoz’s logistic performance more efficient than ever.
Lithoz’s new central warehouse ensures a much quicker turnaround of orders thanks to a scalable production and expanded storage capacity for raw materials. A monitored production environment (comparable to ISO 8 clean room level) and a central quality assurance laboratory provide the best possible quality control throughout every step of the manufacture process.
The new centralized logistic hub and the investment into new infrastructure and expanded capacities is a key success factor of Lithoz’s growth strategy, providing faster and more professionalized quality management as well as scalable logistic chain processes.
Dr. Daniel Bomze, the project leader, looks forward to better supporting Lithoz customers worldwide from this new XL hub: “During the planning and implementation of this new production site, we focused on sustainability, scalability and reliability. We are ready and extremely well prepared for meeting the fast growing demand of our customers.”
A new look & feel for the future: Ivoclar Group underscores its move into a modern and even more customer-oriented age with a new logo and a visual identity that has been reduced to the essentials.
For the Ivoclar Group, one of the world's leading providers of integrated solutions for high-quality dental applications with a comprehensive product and system portfolio for dentists* and dental technicians*, values, convictions and a progressive, customer-oriented corporate culture are the basis of its strong brand. For almost 100 years, the company, headquartered in Schaan, Liechtenstein, has been shaping the dental market with its name, product innovations and industry-leading pioneering achievements. Working with dental professionals to give people around the world a healthy and beautiful smile is the company's stated mission. Already started in 2021, Ivoclar set new accents with targeted activities that are even more strongly focused on the needs of the customer. In order to visually underline the new departure into a customer-oriented, modern and innovative age, Ivoclar is starting the new year with a fresh appearance and an adapted logo. The most important change: the "Vivadent" in the brand name and logo has been dropped, as have some additional visual elements, so that in future the company's clear focus on the essentials will also be reflected in the logo.
The brand as a guiding principle
With its focus on putting people, partners and customers at the center of its activities, Ivoclar underpins its claim to make the workflows in the daily work of dental technicians and dentists easier and more efficient and likewise to make the patient experience as pleasant and personal as possible. The brand image is and remains a first point of contact with the company. This is precisely why it is so important that the brand's appearance also serves the function of a mission statement and reflects the innovative strength that is lived out. At Ivoclar, the external understand-ing of the brand rests on three supporting pillars:
Partnership & Customer
People, partners and customers are the focus of the daily actions and activities. The brand stands out with a straightforward design and consistent communication to the customer.
Innovation & Technology
Ivoclar stands for progress through technological innovation. This carries the company's mission: "Making People Smile". Innovation, progress and continuous research & development, based on the needs of customers, ensure the success of tomorrow in the long term. With innovative products and services, Ivoclar not only makes dental technicians' and dentists' workflows easier and more efficient, but also makes the patient experience shine positively.
Family & Friends
The Ivoclar Group is a family-owned company with heart and soul: reliability, transparency and communication at eye level are the basis of a good partnership – whether towards customers, employees or patients, who are all considered together as part of the Ivoclar family.
Focus on the essentials – the new look
Ivoclar already demonstrated a modern, fresh design approach last year with its new website, the appearance at its "The Live Experience Tour 2021" and in other communication areas. The reduction to the essentials, a lifestyle-oriented, emotional visual language that puts people in the foreground and, last but not least, the development and use of modern marketing tools pay directly into the mission "Making People Smile". It is only logical that the logo has now also been rede-signed. The most striking feature is the reduction of the brand name to its essential component: "Ivoclar Vivadent" becomes "Ivoclar". And even here, the consistent orientation towards the customer is evident, because many of Ivoclar's business partners have long since dispensed with the suffix "Vivadent" in their daily usage.
"With our long-standing tradition, our pioneering achievements and our constant innovation, we can rely on a strong corporate brand as a foundation”, explains Diego Gabathuler, CEO of the Ivoclar Group. "Nevertheless, I am convinced that there is still a lot of unused potential for us here, which we want to fully exploit in the future. A clearly structured positioning, which is also expressed in the visual appearance, is particularly important with regard to a future-oriented alignment of the company, which leads to the innovation that places our customers and their patients at the center of our actions and activities. For us, this is not just a matter of giving our logo some tweaks. Rather, the new corporate identity with its clear, reduced and focused visual language represents everything that our brand understanding stands for."
The new Ivoclar logo and corporate design will be used globally in all communication channels from now on – where this has not yet been incorporated – and will also be gradually applied to brochures and other printed collateral. As a globally operating company, the main challenge is to adapt the logo in all countries and languages at the same time.
* For reasons of better readability, the language forms male, female and diverse (m/f/d) are not used simultaneously. All references to persons apply equally to all genders.