Antimicrobial technology firm Nobio finalizes investment by aMoon Fund and Dr. Ole Jensen

Posted on July 31, 2018

Nobio Ltd., developer of embedded, long-acting antimicrobial particle technology, today announced the closing of a $3.6 million investment by aMoon Fund and Dr. Ole Jensen. The proprietary, non-soluble Nobio particles feature high anti-microbial activity that does not involve chemical interaction with the microorganisms nor release of any substance, and are designed to have non-toxic and long-lasting effect, unlike soluble antimicrobial substances. Contrary to coatings, Nobio particles are designed to be permanently embedded within a broad range of materials, thereby converting the material into an antibacterial version without changing its properties. The company recently completed development of a line of dental restorative products, including an adhesive and resin-based composites, incorporating the Nobio antimicrobial technology. The investment will fund the regulatory submissions for the dental products, the establishment of a manufacturing facility and market introduction.

“Protecting composite restorations from the harmful effect of oral bacteria in the form of plaque has been a challenge, and Nobio’s technology was specifically designed to address this major, unmet need,” said Nobio CEO Yoram Ashery. “We’re fortunate to have strategic investors like the aMoon Fund and Dr. Jensen, who bring valuable insights and share our vision for the potential of our antimicrobial technology to become a new standard.”

Dental caries (tooth decay) is the most common chronic infection in the world. Composite restorations (tooth-colored fillings) are very popular, but fail primarily due to caries forming at the restoration margins. About two-thirds of procedures are replacements of failed earlier restorations. Replacement dentistry costs $5 billion a year in the U.S. alone.

Nobio is also developing the use of its technology in several high-volume industrial applications as well as medical devices to prevent device-related infections, a major healthcare-associated complication and cost driver. The company has enlisted the services of Cellerant Consulting Group and Norman Hicks Consulting to bring their antimicrobial technology to the U.S. 

Nobio has recently been featured in Dental Products Report as an example of what technologies to look forward to in the future. Read about Nobio in The True Science Fiction of Future Dentistry and A composite technology to prevent secondary caries on dentalproductsreport.com

About aMoon Fund

aMoon is a leading Israeli life sciences investment fund founded by Marius Nacht and Dr. Yair Schindel. The team is passionate about building successful businesses and helping Israeli biopharma, digital health and medical technology companies realize their potential. It partners with management teams dedicated to accelerating cures for the world's most life-threatening conditions and to providing solutions for global healthcare's biggest cost drivers. For more information, visit https://amoon.fund.

About Dr. Ole Jensen

Ole T. Jensen, D.D.S., M.S. is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and dentist, and a co-founder of ClearChoice, the largest U.S. network of dental implant clinics, recently acquired by Sun Capital. Dr. Jensen holds teaching appointments and lectures at numerous leading academic institutions around the world, has been involved in numerous independent research projects, and is the author of five textbooks and more than 75 academic papers and publications on oral surgery.

About Nobio

Nobio’s antimicrobial particle technology is designed to convert standard materials to antimicrobial. The technology has a long-term effect, can be embedded in a broad range of materials, and has potential applications in dental, medical, industrial and consumer products. The company is now preparing to obtain regulatory clearance of the technology before commercialization in various dental products and is in advanced development for other markets. To read more, visit www.nobio.com.


 

Glidewell Dental opens state-of-the-art education center in Louisville

Posted on July 31, 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 19, 2018) – Glidewell Dental, a leading technological innovator in restorative dentistry for over 48 years, has announced the opening of the Glidewell International Technology Center, a new 8,500-square-foot training, education and demonstration center located in Louisville, Ky. This world-class center, which houses a cutting-edge, 40-seat classroom auditorium, provides contemporary, continuing education for dental professionals. It is the second companion center to its flagship West Coast facility located in Irvine, Calif.

With the aim of exploring the complexities of oral rehabilitation and its various treatment modalities, the center’s continuing education program encompasses all the principal methods of challenging, motivating and teaching like-minded clinicians.

“The techniques and materials used in dentistry are ever-evolving and as healthcare professionals, it’s our responsibility to cultivate and be well-informed of those continuous improvements,” said Dr. Neil Park, vice president of clinical affairs at Glidewell Dental. “Our core mission at Glidewell has always been to advance the understanding of proven, fundamental methods for treating patients — and the increased demand for technology-focused education has sparked our expansion to the East Coast. Through this new Louisville-based center, dentists in the eastern half of the United States will be able to more conveniently access our quality continuing education programs without having to travel to Southern California.”

The center debuted with a special grand opening reception on July 12 attended by dentists, dental industry members and members of the local community, including Mayor of Louisville Greg Fischer. In a speech, Mayor Fischer recognized the Glidewell International Technology Center as integral to the Louisville community and surrounding areas.

“Our city congratulates Glidewell Dental on expanding the reach of their valuable work through lifelong learning facilitated at the Glidewell technology center,” he said. “May the work carried out in this space bring forth brighter smiles shining across the world for years to come.”

The event also featured a speech from Jim Glidewell, CDT, founder and CEO of Glidewell Dental, who articulated the company’s vision for the center and garnered excitement for the upcoming curriculum. Hands-on courses and in-depth lectures will focus on all aspects of modern implant and restorative dentistry, including surgical dental implant placement, prosthetic rehabilitation, dental sleep medicine and more. A special acknowledgment was given to the first of the courses to take place at the center.

“The Emergency Implant: Immediate Implant Placement in Extraction Sockets,” taught by Dr. Jack Hahn. A pioneer in the field of implant dentistry, Dr. Hahn, who was present at the reception, has been placing and restoring implants for 48 years. He joins many other hand-picked educators who have carefully crafted curriculum to help doctors become more confident and successful in their practice.

“Faculty and students are brought together by our shared passion for improving lives through oral health,” said Dr. Park. “We are inspired by this opportunity to share what we’ve learned over our nearly five-decade heritage, to bring more affordable, effective and innovative methods of treatment to doctors, to help rebuild smiles and enhance the quality of lives for patients in need. It is our hope that this Louisville education and training center helps doctors in their pursuit of finding practical answers to everyday clinical challenges.”

Course Registration for Dentsply Sirona World 2018 Is Now Open

Posted on July 31, 2018

Registration is currently open to everyone for Dentsply Sirona World 2018’s education courses. Attendees can choose between classes in 12 different educational tracks taught by more than 90 of the industry’s experts.

Educational tracks include:

• Business & Practice Management

• CAD/CAM

• Dental Assisting

• Endodontics

• Imaging

• Implantology

• Laboratory

• Office Design

• Orthodontics

• Preventive

• Restorative

• Special Markets & Topics

Registration for classes in any of the tracks is quick and simple. First, find your Dentsply Sirona World 2018 registration confirmation email and hit ‘click here’ where it says view or modify your online registration. It should direct you to a page with all of the personal information you filled out during your event registration. From there, keep hitting next until you reach your agenda; this is where you will be able to select your classes! You can find preferred courses or speakers by simply typing in the search bar at the top of the page.

This year, Dentsply Sirona World is offering brand new tracks in Dental Assisting and Hygiene, with 10 leading experts set to speak.

“It was imperative this year that we began to offer a track specific for dental assistants and hygienists,” said Vice President of Marketing Ingo Zimmer. “We are thrilled with the lineup of the industry’s best we have set to present in these areas, including Shannon Pace-Brinker, Heidi Arndt, and Dr. Lori Trost, among others.”

Hosted at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando from Sept. 13-15, Dentsply Sirona World truly offers an experience like no other in the dental field. Register now at www.dentsplysironaworld.com, contact the Dentsply Sirona World hotline at 1-844-462-7476, or email events@dentsplysironaworld.com. Courses will fill up fast, so make sure to sign up as soon as possible.

Ivoclar Vivadent Announces Promotions

Posted on July 31, 2018

Dr. George Tysowsky, Senior Vice President of Technology and Professional Relations of Ivoclar Vivadent North America, announced promotions and changes in the roles and responsibilities of several members of the organization.

"As our business grows under the Ivoclar Digital brand, developing a world-class support system for our mills and millable materials will be essential," said Dr. Tysowsky. "We look forward to the success of our Technical and Digital Services Department and the ongoing contributions of these individuals, in particular.”

Jeff Smith, Director of Technical & Digital Services

Jeff Smith has been promoted to Director of Technical & Digital Services. In his new role, he will continue to manage and provide leadership with a strategic focus on the technical support activities of the organization. Additionally, Jeff will also be responsible for digital support activities with the introduction of Ivoclar Vivadent’s new platform.

Martin Schmid, Senior Technical Consultant

Martin Schmid has been promoted to Senior Technical Consultant. Since joining Ivoclar Vivadent, he has provided expert guidance and education to customers on a broad range of materials. In his new role, Martin will work collaboratively with the R&D team in Schaan, Liechtenstein, on new materials and process developments, as well as provide training to the product support team.

John Chlosta, Technical Consultant

John Chlosta has been promoted to Technical Consultant. Since joining Ivoclar Vivadent as a Technical Support Specialist, John has provided expert after sales support to customers on a broad range of laboratory materials and processing equipment. In his new role, he will assume increased responsibility for CRM Complaint Monitoring, along with other consultant duties.

Nicholas Crawford, Digital Support Specialist

Nicholas Crawford has transferred from the Customer Service Department, where he was responsible for digital contract management and customer support, to accept the position of Digital Support Specialist in the Digital Services Team. In his new role, he will support Ivoclar Digital customers through training in dental CAM and CNC software and milling equipment, as well as after sales troubleshooting and support.

The 5 activities you don’t want to miss at Dentsply Sirona World 2018

Posted on July 31, 2018

Dentsply Sirona World 2018 is right around the corner and tickets are selling fast! Every year, the Ultimate Dental Meeting is the most exciting and educational event in the dental industry. Whether you’ve already signed up or are getting ready to, here are the five things you won’t want to miss at Dentsply Sirona World 2018!

1) Be the best by learning from the best

More than 90 of the dental world’s best and brightest are offering classes in 12 unique educational tracks, including a new Dental Assisting and Hygiene track. These speakers will educate attendees on the latest methods and technology, while also providing insight on what is shaping dentistry today. This is a chance to earn continuing education credits in an incredibly captivating environment with a grassroots’ effort to spread the most innovative ideas in dental. “No other event offers this much knowledge and years of dental experience under one roof,” said Vice President of Marketing Ingo Zimmer. “This is a truly unique opportunity to learn from the brightest minds in our industry.” All attendees can sign up NOW for their preferred breakout sessions.

2) Get a history lesson from an award-winning author

It’s not every day that you get a chance to listen to a world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author speak directly to you. On Friday afternoon, Sept. 14, Doris Kearns Goodwin takes the stage to present Dentsply Sirona World 2018’s keynote address. Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II,” and is the author of the best sellers “Wait Till Next Year”, “Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream” and “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys,” which was adapted into an award-winning five-part TV miniseries.

3) Meet the experts on the tradeshow floor

The tradeshow floor at Dentsply Sirona World is always THE place to be when guests are not attending groundbreaking educational sessions. Attendees will get hands-on experience with the latest innovations and be the first to hear about new product launches. Make sure to catch live interviews with the experts at the media panel or see cutting-edge technology at work in the live procedure area. The tradeshow floor is always great for networking, so make sure to swing by to meet and mingle with the industry’s influencers, key opinion leaders and old friends from previous events.

4) Let loose and party with big name stars!

Guests are definitely going to want to keep their Thursday and Friday nights clear! Dentsply Sirona is treating attendees to private shows from Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, writer and producer Jim Gaffigan and Grammy-nominated global Popstar Katy Perry. Gaffigan will have you rolling on the floor with laughter on Thursday, Sept. 13, while you can sing along to your favorite songs with Perry on Friday, Sept. 14.

The fun doesn’t stop there! Throw on your dirndl or best pair of lederhosen and come party Oktoberfest-style at the Ultimate Dental Meeting’s closing party on Saturday, Sept. 15. This is the perfect send-off after spending three days learning from and meeting industry leaders.

5) Find your inner peace and let out your inner warrior

Attendees have the opportunity to work on their minds and bodies in a fun-spirited and upbeat environment with Dentsply Sirona World 2018’s free wellness activities! Throw on your best costume and prepare to dual the competition at the medieval-themed three-mile fun on Friday, Sept. 14 at 6 a.m. This is a great way to take in the beautiful scenery of the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort and its impressive championship golf course. The first 300 participants to finish receive an official Dentsply Sirona World 2018 bottle blender. The fun run is an untimed event and open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities.

If you’re looking for something more relaxing, some of the best yoga instructors in Orlando are leading a class for all skill levels at the outdoor terrace on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7 a.m. Overlook the resort’s pools and golf course, as you get a modern twist on the traditional yoga class from YOGA MIX! Orlando. The first 300 attendees receive a free Dentsply Sirona World 2018 yoga mat, which will be handed out the morning of the event for use during the class. Hosted at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando from Sept. 13-15, Dentsply Sirona World truly offers an experience like no other in the dental field.

Register now at www.dentsplysironaworld.com or contact the Dentsply Sirona World hotline at 1-844-462-7476 or email events@dentsplysironaworld.com.

House Votes to Repeal Medical Device Tax

Posted on July 30, 2018

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017, repealing the 2.3% medical device excise tax that was first passed in 2010 but had been delayed several times.

The Protect Medical Innovation Act, also known as H.R. 184, passed 283 to 132 and now moves to the Senate. The 2.3% tax on sales by manufacturers and importers was enacted to fund 2010’s Affordable Care Act.

DENTRESSANGLE enters exclusive negotiations with BRIDGEPOINT to acquire medtech ACTEON

Posted on July 30, 2018

The family investment holding company, DENTRESSANGLE has announced that it is in exclusive discussions with BRIDGEPOINT DEVELOPMENT CAPITAL (BDC), the SMid-Cap business of BRIDGEPOINT, to acquire a majority stake in ACTEON Group, a French medtech company specialized in high-technology dental and medical equipment. ACTEON designs and manufactures high-technology equipment and consumables for the dental sector as well as medical equipment. ACTEON is globally renowned in the field of dental imaging and is a global leader in intraoral cameras and high-intensity ultrasound (piezosurgery), a non-invasive and non-traumatic surgical technique used notably in implantology.

ACTEON, headquartered in Mérignac, France, employs 850 people across 5 plants in Europe, saw a strong increase in its turnover over the last 3 years, rising from €119 million in 2014 to €162 million in 2017. The group generates 85% of its sales outside France, its main markets are USA, China, Spain, the Middle East and Japan.

DENTRESSANGLE will bring its entrepreneurial culture to ACTEON in order to strengthen its position as an indispensable partner for dental surgeons around the world. DENTRESSANGLE wants to accelerate the development of ACTEON through increased R&D activity, expanding its global reach and implementing an external growth strategy.

Thierry Coloigner, Managing Partner at DENTRESSANGLE Mid & Large Cap said: “ACTEON fits seamlessly into DENTRESSANGLE's investment strategy: a highly global company, with solid positions in the burgeoning dental care industry, a very strong reputation and a high-growth profile. We’re very pleased to be supporting Marie-Laure Pochon and her teams. Marie-Laure Pochon is a talented leader whose great entrepreneurial energy fits perfectly with the culture and values of the family investment holding company DENTRESSANGLE.”

Marie-Laure Pochon, CEO of ACTEON added: “After the intense work carried out together with the Bridgepoint teams to breathe new life back into the business, over the past few years ACTEON has rediscovered the road to growth. The timing of DENTRESSANGLE’s equity participation in ACTEON coincides perfectly with the growth acceleration phase in which we are entering. We’re pleased to be able to rely on a majority shareholder with such a strong entrepreneurial culture to support our strategy, consolidating the company’s global leadership in the field of dental piezosurgery and imaging, with an ever more innovative and digital range of products for dental practices.”

Olivier Nemsguern, Partner of BRIDGEPOINT DEVELOPMENT CAPITAL in France continued: “Under the guidance of its management team and with the support of Bridgepoint, Acteon has worked intensively to re-energise its business and rationalise its production facilities, and has completed two acquisitions. As a result, the company has developed rapidly, consolidating its leadership role in the field of dental equipment, as well as positioning itself as a global player in dental imagery and significantly growing its international business. We believe that ACTEON is now ideally placed to continue growing and developing internationally.“

Dentsply Sirona Presents a Night with a Rock Star at the 2018 DTA Annual Meeting

Posted on July 27, 2018

Dentsply Sirona, the Dental Solutions CompanyTM, is proud to announce it found the “power of connection” as a sponsor of the 2018 Dental Trade Alliance Annual Meeting and its closing dinner speaker, Steely Dan co-founder Jeffrey Baxter.

DTA’s Annual Meeting takes place October 14-17 at the Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa, California. This year’s theme is “The Power of Connection: Connecting People and Information,” where they hope to explore what happens when you connect people with the right information. Dentsply Sirona has been a long-standing sponsor of this event.

“It’s an honor to continue our support of the Dental Trade Alliance Annual Meeting,” said Special Markets & Customer Support Vice President Keith Clements. “This meeting not only brings together the most talented executives in the dental field, but is vital in helping address the industry’s most crucial issues. This relationship is and will continue to be a priority for Dentsply Sirona.”

On Tuesday, October 16 at 8 pm, Jeffrey Baxter, a founding member of Steely Dan, a Grammy Award-winning guitarist for The Doobie Brothers, and a national security expert, is set to speak during the event’s closing dinner sponsored by Dentsply Sirona. While Baxter is known for guitar expertise, he also has a high-level security clearance. Baxter’s topic during the dinner is “Tipping the Scales: Using Asymmetrical Thinking to Change the Rules in your Favor.” But don’t worry, his guitar is also making an appearance on this night!

Kool Smiles Offers Additional Grant Program for Educators Promoting Early Dental Health Education in the Classroom

Posted on July 26, 2018

Leading dental health provider Kool Smiles today announced that, for the second time this year, it will award five $1,000 classroom grants to K-5 teachers who exceed expectations in their promotion of dental health and education in the classroom. As a new school year approaches, the grant is intended to support teachers and educators who go above and beyond in delivering quality education by providing additional funds for classroom supplies and other school needs.

Submissions for the My Kool Smiles Classroom Grant Program will be accepted online from Aug. 1 through Aug. 31, 2018. Educators who would like to apply for the grant or members of the community who are interested in nominating an outstanding educator can find the application information and entry guidelines at www.mykoolsmiles.com/l/classroomgrants.

"Kool Smiles created the classroom grant program as a way of supporting teachers who passionately educate their students about the importance of starting good dental habits early in life," said Dr. Dale Mayfield, Chief Dental Officer for Kool Smiles. "Teachers are a frontline offense in the quest to educate children early about the benefits of good dental health habits. Kool Smiles wants our outstanding educators in the community to know we appreciate their efforts in the classroom and join them in the mission to improve the dental health of America's children."

In order for an educator to be eligible, they must be actively teaching in a K-5 classroom at a public, private, charter, or approved home school program in the United States. Submissions should include either an example of a dental lesson plan or details about how healthy dental habits are being promoted in their classroom. Submissions may be formatted as a video, essay, or photo.

Applicants are advised to carefully review the official rules before applying.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of Kool Smiles and Benevis team members, and the five winners will be notified by email on September 12, 2018.Kool Smiles' latest K-5 Classroom Grant program follows an impactful giving program earlier this spring, in which Kool Smiles donated funds to exceptional teachers in El Paso, TX; Dalton, GA; Sheppard, TX; and, New Britain, CT. The five winners were recognized for their creative lessons that teach young students the importance of maintaining healthy oral hygiene habits and strong teeth.

The Kool Smiles classroom grant program is sponsored by the Benevis Foundation. For more information, please visit https://www.mykoolsmiles.com/l/classroomgrants.

About Kool Smiles 

Kool Smiles is dedicated to creating a world of happy, healthy smiles. As a leading dental health provider, Kool Smiles' mission is to improve lives by providing high quality dental care in a fun, compassionate environment. Kool Smiles dentists are proud to offer care to kids and adults with almost any insurance plan, including Children's Health Insurance Programs (CHIP), Medicaid and Tricare. Kool Smiles also provides oral health education programs through partnerships with community schools and organizations. For more information, please visit www.mykoolsmiles.com.

About the Benevis Foundation 

The Benevis Foundation is committed to improving dental care access and outcomes for underserved communities in the United States through research, education and outreach. The foundation sponsors ongoing research on the role of Medicaid dental providers in improving access to preventative care, early intervention, and dental health education among traditionally underserved pediatric populations, as well as research on the cost savings associated with improving access to dental care among these patient populations in both federal and state healthcare systems. Through these research efforts, the Benevis Foundation hopes to provide data that informs and strengthens public policy related to dental access and affordability. For more information, visit http://benevis.com/benevis-foundation/. 

 

  

Improved Bio/Screen Oral Examination Light from AdDent

Posted on July 26, 2018

AdDent introduces an Improved Bio/Screen, oral cancer screening device with a 40% increase in light output for improved lesion visibility. It can be used in full room light due to its exceptionally powerful shortwave LED's. The BioScreen is lightweight and ergonomically designed for maximum comfort and ease of use. Special optical filters improve contrast between healthy and abnormal tissue to enhance visualization of early stage lesions when treatment is most successful. The BioScreen needs no fan and is completely quiet. Bio/Screen is cordless, rechargeable and will operate continuously for over one hour on a single charge.

For further information contact AdDent toll free at: 855-211-3413 or www.addent.com

 

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