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Komet USA CEO Joins Board of Advisors of UNC-CH School of Dentistry

Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2018

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry has appointed Todd Blanton, CEO of Komet USA LLC, to serve on its Board of Advisors, which will assist the dean and faculty in maintaining and enhancing the quality and excellence of oral healthcare education at the school as well as on national and international levels.

An alumnus of UNC at Chapel Hill with 25 years of leadership experience in the dental industry, Mr. Blanton states, “Serving on the UNC-CH School of Dentistry’s Board of Advisors allows me to give back to my alma mater and to the profession that’s been a central focus of my life’s work in a way that’s both personally and professionally meaningful.”

The newly formed Board of Advisors, which will hold its inaugural meeting on May 10, is charged with strengthening ties between the UNC-CH School of Dentistry and the healthcare sector. Board members will collaborate with the school’s dean and faculty to interpret and communicate the school’s mission, programs, accomplishments, needs, and aspirations to alumni, friends, and dental professionals across the state, the nation, and the world. The Board also will provide insight on the future of oral health care in all its components and related industries, helping the school refine and adapt curriculum to meet future needs; advocate special causes and needs of the school with UNC-CH administration, the state legislature, and the dental industry; and participate in development activities on behalf of the school.

According to Dr. Scott S. De Rossi, Dean and Professor at UNC-CH School of Dentistry, “Our vision of becoming the global model for oral health education, in care and discovery, is only attainable with support from our alumni and friends. Working together, we are able to fulfill our mission of transforming dentistry for better health.”

About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry

The UNC School of Dentistry is transforming dentistry for better health. Founded in 1950, the UNC School of Dentistry was the first dental school in the state and is regarded as a leader in oral health care and education. More than half the dentists in North Carolina are UNC trained, and UNC School of Dentistry alumni live or work in 96 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, all 50 U.S. states, and 12 countries. The school sees more than 77,000 patients each year in its clinics and provides care ranging from general needs to complex cases. Consistently ranked in the top 10 for NIH funding, the school strongly supports the University’s research mission. Together, the school’s faculty, staff, and students passionately serve their community and field through service within North Carolina totaling more than $4.1 million of in-kind care annually. The ultimate goal of the UNC School of Dentistry is to be the global model for oral health education, in care and discovery. Click here to learn more.

About Komet USA

Currently celebrating 95 years of unparalleled excellence in the dental industry, Komet is a recognized worldwide leader in the production of highly specialized dental burs, discs, diamonds, endodontic instruments, and accessories. Komet operates in the United States under the name Komet USA LLC. Komet sells direct to dental practitioners and dental laboratories, delivering orders quickly and efficiently from its state-of-the-art factory in Lemgo, Germany. The company’s U.S. headquarters is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina. For more information about Komet USA and its full range of instruments, call 888-566-3887 or visit

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