Companies sign cooperative agreement

March 13, 2007
Pact deals witht computed tomography guided dental implant placement and provisionalization solutions.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida--In response to the growing market opportunity for dental implant placement utilizing the benefits of computed tomography and the desire to accelerate patient provisionalization, BIOMET 3i and Materialise Dental have entered into a cooperative agreement to offer clinicians and patients a new option for dental implant treatment.

By using the combination of BIOMET 3i CT Guidance Instrumentation Kits in conjunction with Materialise SimPlant planning software and SAFE System SurgiGuides, clinicians will be able to attain a higher level of treatment planning while more precisely placing BIOMET 3i Implants in the pre-planned positions.

In more progressive scenarios, the combined technologies will enable fabrication of provisional restorations in advance of the surgery, thereby providing patients with same day surgical and restorative solutions.

"We are very pleased to be in a cooperative arrangement with the industry leader in terms of CT based planning and guide fabrication. Our implant and instrumentation expertise combined with the Materialise CT-based platform will provide BIOMET 3i Implant Users with an effective solution for precision placement of implants and an opportunity for immediate provisional restorations," said Russ Bonafede, vice president of marketing for BIOMET 3i.

Kris Wouters, chief operations officer for Materialise Dental noted, "This cooperation with one of the leaders in the implant industry provides the opportunity for building increased awareness and educating on the benefits of CT based patient implant restoration. Clinicians now also can benefit more from the positive impact of CT guided implant placement on final aesthetics and patient comfort."

The companies are presently in limited evaluations and expect to fully launch their cooperative solution by the middle of the year.